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Foreign Administrations. England. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
Foreign Administrations. England. Greetings from the British mem bership of the Industrial Workers of the World to the fellow-workers in Australia. We are told here in England that the war is a jusi war, a holy war, while the steadier scribes an nounce it as the 'balancing of power,' in their attainment of their p.uasiucai dream, the capture ol the world's markets. H. G. Wells and Hilaire Belloc (the sneak who justified Spain when it murdered Ferrer), are vapping of the holiness aod justice of this war, but that is only because people have no time to read pale novels while the war is in progress. All the time the 'Times' is talking about the capture of the ^T«J, 000, 000, 000 worth of world commerce. That is what the British Socialist Party wants the workers to light for. The I.L.P. is standing bv the 'International,' and although the organisation is weak-kneed the anti militarist policy thai it is advocating is good. The S.L.I', will be glad if England wins. IT.c l.W.W. doesn'l giv...
Moderation and its Results. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
Moderation and its Results. The workers' need is the bosses' oji|)o]tuiiity. How truly tlie em |;l-i\\:\s are acting up to this maxim \- will exemplified by recent happen ing. The bos&es and their tools jive never more arrogant than when !Jn- struts; i.e foi- existence among tlie .. il; ?:?; is keenest. So we find the, ,\i:ip !.-' Fe:!eration fined to the tune ,,i' /.'l!»') ior the 'crime' of assist j jiir siime of its members who were on strike to procure bread for their ,l;irvii)« dependents. .Mimiiil aid, a principle recognised t'veii amongst the brute creation, is h i lime in the eyes of capitalist soci d,-, when the workers apply it for |ir-ii('clinn against the greed of their ijia~lev?. lint however self-sacrificing and -n.)i)lr this method of assisting strik ers may be, it is more than time it whs recognised that its chances of win i) ing a strike are growing ever more remote. Here we have one ni're illustration of the fact I hat the in;i.U'i- class strike mercilessly...
Roberts. Takes His Medicine. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
Roberts. Takes His Medicine. KarJ Roberts lias gone the way of mortal flesh. 14e has gone the road that his myriad victims have travel led. On tr.e plains ul' Hindustan, on tlie Afghan heights, in African kraal and Boer iarmhouse he was hated and cursed b\ ilmse whom lie rob bed ol husband, jriend, and liberty. V\ ith ilu- civilizim- inliuenee of the Maxim gun lie furl he red iK- in len-sis of Ins masters, the plunder ghouls of Urilain. Wherewr a free race could be lashed into slavery, or the chains oi' bondage tightened, Roberts and his gang ol myrmidons were ready to go. The capitalist press wjiiIh ot )iis popularity iu the Service. Roberts was next lo Waller Kitchener, the best Jiaied man in the Service. Tummy never had ihe slightest use for tiie tool oi the National Service League. His military record is not a record ol his capacities lor any particular administrative ability or strategic greatness. There is nothing verv magnificent in subduing native races armed only with slick...
OTHER NEWS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
OTHER NEWS. In the absence of men volunteer ing for the front, Mr. Josiah Thomas is in favor of compelling them to go. He emphatically protests against politicians being compelled to go. Leonard Forsyth was charged with horse-stealing at the Sydney Quarter Sessions. Judge Backhouse said that he would bind the prisoner over as a first offender, and he ought to be allowed to go to the front, as he was of the material that was needed there. The Reds and J.W.W.'s combin ed on Sunday night and bluffed the patriots, who after receiving a little attention, left in dismay. We were out in great force and had two meetings, consequently, ihe ship ping of the l.W.W. tyoe is safe from the north to the s-:uth of Ar gent-street. The Reds arc still in Sulphide-street, and are paying at tention to a few cruisers if ihe jingo type, who took part in engagements on Friday night, and up to the pre sent are disabled.
The Story of a Patriot. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
The Story of a Patriot. The troop-ship 'Aseanius' has cast off, and was steaming slowly down the placid bosom of ihe Swan. As the indispensable band struck up 'The Girl 1 Left Behind Me,'' thegallant defenders 'of 'our' Em pire full of patriotic enthusiasm and beer, crowded to her sides, cheer ing lustily. Disconsolate dappers, sobbing broken-heart edly, ? dabbed the tears from their eves with dainty wisps of cambric and vv.ivcd fare wells to the departing heroes. Men cheered and women wept. The enthusiasm was contagious. Alongside a small group of work ing-men, a portly and prosperous citizen, laden with n brig of golf clubs was excitedly waving a large silk handkerch'ef. ' His red fa.v shone with enthusiasm. The pimplv lolds of fat on his neck were exud ing moisture, a result sillier of emotional stress or a loo l;-v:sh dietary scale. 'Noble fellows,' he exclaimed to his tall companion, whose features were irresistibly suggestive of a pre datory bird. 'Most impressive spec tacle. ...
Adelaide Doings. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
Adelaide Doings. The successful propaganda meet ings held by the Adeiaide Local continue to prove an irresistible at traction to the local bulls, who at tend in numbers at each meeting. At our meeting held at Grole on the 31st October, the bulls endeav ored to create a disturbance, but patrol happened along about 9 p.m. their attempt failed. A military and they were spoken to by two bulls, who are constant attendants at our meetings, Crowley and Simp son. Crowley told the patrol that the speaker, Fellow-worker Rose, had called them murderers (which was a lie), and advised the patrol to deal with him. The patrol made a rush for the box, and atlemped to prevent Rose from speaking, but their ?efforts w-re foiled by the watchful I.W.W's. who were present, and who gather ed around the box. One of the patrol slated in a lurid manner that if Rose called him a murderer again, that lie would be given some cold steel. A by-slander advised the swad dies not to use bad language, as ihe police w...
The Logic of the Machine. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
The Logic of the Machine. When we think of the part phi veil by modern machinery in production, we wonder where it will end. It has altered the relations of society as a whole. The capitalists are trying to dis place all the labor possible. Their mic idea is to economise on labor. Their ideal is the manless machine. In every factory where machines .ire made, the management have, a special stall whose duty it is to s!ud»' and improve on the machi nery. The reason for improving l be machines is because they desire in substitute mechanical power for human power. They are meeting with success in every industry. It is also a well-known fact that as the machines are perfected, the skill necessary on the part of the workers is reduced to its lowest minimum. The capitalists also know the ad \ milage, of having- a .huge unem ployed army hanginif^around their factories. The unemployed aid the rapialist in reducing the standard ? if living to its lowest minimum. .\M workers arc affected by the...
THE PRISONERS WENT MAD. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
THE PRISONERS WENT MAD. The following story is vouched for by a citizen of Adelaide, who relates it with much gusto. The committee of a library on North - terrace decided to get rid of a. lot of out-of-date literature, which had accumulated in ihe basement. Some of the collection was sent to light houses and a quantity drifted to the stockade. A large proportion of that which went to the labor prison con sisted of volumes of 'Hansard' re ports and Parliamentary records, A visiting justice a month later re marked that considerable mystifica tion had been caused by the fact that four of the prisoners, who had been sane and sensible, had sudden ly developed melancholia and had been sent to the Parksidc Menial Hospital. Subsequently it was found that they had been reading 'Han- sard.' — 'Adelaide Advertiser, ''
THE ROSE OF WAR. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
THE ROSE OF WAR. Its leaves are bright with the nn non-shine, Its shadow is dark with trembling fears. Its roots reach down to lhe ilvadh mine, It is watered with widows' tears. Its blood-red petals are 'Dealing lives, Anguish-dewed where the blos som parts ; Its thorns are the thrusts of angrj knives Death-deep into human hearts. How fair il gleams in the lvini; light, '? j , In the flush of the glittering sun how fair! But tarry not by the gallant sight. For the breath of the tomb is there. — Amos R. Wells, in 'Life.' Our good comrades, who void so diligently for socialism, are now J shooting- for capitalism. j ' * * * 1 The slave who is contented do- I serves slavery. Only those who I rebel deserve fredom. I
From Boulder City, W. A. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
From Boulder City, W. A. — ♦ Doubtless you will b.' interested to receive this epistle, from a pro letarian who has been long since dt coved and k:d n«;np by the aspira tions and platitudes of political fakirs — wIvjii you find that the pro paganda of the LW'.W. is spread ing like wildfire among (he horny handed sons ol the west, wlio are hungering for a start to be ih;rK: with a movement that will rescue them from their present perilous position as abject slaves to a master class, with, nothing for their protje tion but tin1 old obsolete wornoul machinerv of craft, unionism, that ought to have been relegated to the scrap-heap ages ago. 1 have bi'en lighting like a Tro jan for fourteen vcars in this State for craft unionism and political fa kirs, in the backblocks and metro politan areas, getting tin; blacklist and afterwards the horse laugh for m_v class from the opportunists whom I. stunijX'd Tlrj count rv on be half of, and from whom 1 expected a great deal of reform measures to ...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
Birect Action ^^^^^ OFFICIAL ORGAN Of the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. (Australian Artm nistration). Office: — 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney Australia. EDITOR: TOM BARKER. .vi.\\.\-;j-;k: i-:. ,\. (MI-'knky. Matter for publication only sinulj be addressed to the Ed. tor. OLhcr matter to the Manager. subscription, 2/- par year. Special Terms on Bundle Orders. HEADQUARTERS I.W.W. (Australia): 330 CASTLEREACH ST., SYDNEY. CENERAL HEADQUARTERS— 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S. A . wLa^B^^B^^^^^MM^MMaeaS ^LJ& ? nn minim n mil 1 ? ibi 1 *-
The I.W.W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
The I.W.W. Preamble. The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. 'lhei\- can be 110 peace so long as hunger and want are found among mi1' lions of working people, and the few who make up the employing class have all the good things of life. Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers 'I the world organise as a class, take possession of the earth and the ma chinery of production, and abolish the wage system. ? We lind that the centreing of the management of industries i»(' j feww and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with t«f over-growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state o'i affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted again'1 another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping to defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employ ing class to mislead tbe workers into the belief that the working d^ have interests in common with their employers'. These cond...
A REVOLUTIONIST'S DICTIONARY. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
A REVOLUTIONIST'S DIC TIONARY. (By Ulyses Grant Morris.) The conventional bourgeois trinity : Business, Politics and Religion. 'Business — i. A great system or method for determining the greater common denominator of human greed. 2. A utilitarian musician who re duces to one harmonious note (profit) all the jarred and jangled chords of warring religious factions out of tune. Into this symphony the atheist enters as one of the elect. 3. The veritable embodiment of a war congress of religions in daily session. Politics — A dissolute lodging house — conducted ostensibly in the interest of a vague abstraction call ed The Public — in whose rooms strange bedfellows are the rule and not the exception. Its attaches are called 'The Push,' its reception takers 'Grafters,' and its propri etors 'Statesmen.' In this estab lishment the cubic-air ordinance is never enforced. Religion— An eleemosynary insti tution, the superintendent whereof, in consideration of a modest stipend and the promise of ...
"More German Atrocities." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
'More German Atrocities. ' The Fraser Film Company is pat riotic. Intensely so. There is: a blood-mad population who desire sensational anti-German photo-plays to howl and booh at. The Fraser Film Company may hail from Germany, Palestine, or Scot land, but when there is profit to be. made their business instincts are aroused. 'German atrocities' are needed, so they have to be enacted and photographed somehow. As Bel gium is so far away, and so un healthy, the 'atrocities' had to be performed near the Sydney Gas Works. The first tiling required is a tame actor; the next thing is two supers that have been donned up in the paraphernalia and tin helmets of German soldiers. &nbsp; Seem-: The -Ias Works. The benevolent, white-haired patriotic hero is captured by the swashbuck 'ing, sauerkraut -chewing-, man-eat ing Germ-Huns. He begs for his ten-bob-a-day life on his bended knees. The Germ Huns dance around, and threaten him with pea-shooters. The das tards prod him. (Get your han...
OUR Patriots. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
OUR Patriots. . — ♦-. That patriotic gang of high souled, stay-at-home spielers, and Potts' Point pointers, recently start &nbsp; ed an 'old clo' ' business to supply the starving Belgians with Austra lian left-off s. &nbsp; The winter has started in Bel gium, but the surplus waistcoats, last year's Panamas, dungarees and nighties are still stacked up within the democratic confines of Australia. There is no room on the boats for the 'old do,' as the wool must be accommodated. When the wool season is over, the Belgians may possibly get them in time for the Ostend summer sea son. Business is the first consi deration of our patriots, and after all that has been settled crocodile teared charity can take its chance. The Patriotic Fund is another elo quent testimony to the disinterested ness of our dinkum patriots. Most of it has been invested in the Sydney Gas Company, and the Belgians will get the dividends about a fortnight after the Social Revolution. Contented wage-sl...
AN ODE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 December 1914
AN ODE. My name is Tommy Atkins, And I'm a husky chap. My comrade is a Cossack, And my partner is a Jap. We are going with some Ghurkas, And likewise with some Sikhs, Some black Algerian Turcos, And other colored tribes. And all the blooming virtues, With which, you know we shine, We are bringing civilisation, To the people on the Rhine. — R.W.
A Startling Case. Weird Experience. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
A Startling Case. Weird Experience. The Physical Research Society ol YV.A. recent lv investigated a case that is still puzzling students of the occult. At the. annual trades picnic ol Ihe Plumbers' Union, CV.iutle. Sucks accidentally fell into the river while ;hc picnickers were, disembarking Irom the excursion steamer 'Zep- hyr.' Hfl'orts to restore animation proving only partially successful, he was hurried to the Perth Hos pital, where he subsequently re co\'». red. Socks is a working man of nor mal mentality, holds hon pronounced religious views, and takes no inter est in politics. Stripped of its lurid terminology, Mr. Socks' nar ration .if his extraordinary experi ence is as follows: — ''The last thing I remember is iielpin' the missus down the gang wa\. I don't remember bitting the water; must ha' knocked my top pk-- V .again one of the stringers o' ;iu: wharf. Xe.x' thing I was goin' i;p a wide, white vov.d tovnvds :\ big. shinin' gate.' 'There was mobs and mobs'o' things -i...
The Law. What it is. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
The Law. What it is. -» The law, we are told, is the wili of the people., crystallised into rules fur the h.-irmonioiis working ol and I hi' humblest member of the * comnuinilv is on an equality, in the eves of ihe law, wiih the richest. Theoretically, 1 his may be correct , but what :ietuaily happens is that a numhei' of citizens within ci-riam geographical boundaries, elect a mail lo give effect to the will of the people. Among the thousands liial i k-cl this mail, widely diverge.:' views ;u'e bold. Ignoring these, the elect ed o:ie merely gives expression to his owjj, or his class's, views. Jn every- elec torate, mor:: especially the me;r--- polilan, dozens of conflict ing in lerests clamour lor recognition. Does this disturb the eiecied one? Xot at all. He invariably recog nises his own and his class s in u rests, lirsi. The elected wie (or politician) of whatever part -?, makes laws or rules di cordu1'!, which t^e resi n'i t h-- community must observe, and is M'lTclorc unquesti...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 December 1914
IMPORTANT NOTICE. In future correspondents are re quested to address communications, postal notes, etc., to officers, and, and not to individuals. For ex ample: The Editor, Literature Sec retary; Business Manager. This facilitates the business of the Or ganisation, particularly when posi tions are being often vacated by members whose movements are determined by economic pressure.