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Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
'Workers of all countries, Unite!! You have nothing to lose but your j chains, you have a world to gain.' I LOOK OUT FOR THE MAY-DAY 1 NUMBER. ? I SUBSCRIPTION BLANK I For I DIRECT ACTION. ? I Enclosed find P.O. for 2/, for whicl I send rce Direct Action lor 12 months! at the following address::— I NAME. I '(Street or P.O. Box) I City ? I State ? I (If rercoved^^^ease^mar^an^^J NOTE. I Correspondents are requested i»l write as legibly a, possible «£-? one side of the paper, ai it fjjWgl getting the paper ready. ine . . j tor regrets that he is not in a posiWj to answer all letters, owing to JJ amount of work to be done, in n ture, all corespondenoe will j kno^vle^djnjhe_coluraiis1 ? „ j STICKERS. ? 1 Stickers are~of the most eft*] ive propaganda dodges that _can 1 used. The Press Committee a I printed a large quantity, *h» 1 now on sale to members, and 1 J The prices are 2s. ^£°%tA lls for 500O; and £1 i0T Orders despatched by return. I NOTE. A blue pencil mark ^^S vour subscription...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
For publishing the above poster sixteen anti-militarists of Vienna were sentenced to long terms of imprisonment. WORKERS! The proletarian revolution demands all the time and \ energy that you can give it. Nothing else is of any importance to the working class. Study the literature of the revolution and make your- , self familiar with the thoughts that are born and grow in the working class. Read about the events of the I actual class struggle, as they occur from day to day in all parts of the world. . ._. Read DIRECT ACTION. Address: 330 Castle . reagh-street ; 2 s. per year. Literature in Stock. Capital : Karl Marx, 3 volumes, pe vol. 8s. War, What For: G. Kirkpatrick, papa cover, Price 2s. 3d. Value Price and Profit : Marx, boun- 2S. paper 6d. The Evolution ol Property? Lafar gue, bound 2s. The Militant Proletariat: Austin Lewis, bound 2s. Ettor's and Giovannitti's Speeches From the Dock: Price, 1/-. The New Unionism: Tridon, paper is 8d. Work and wages: Thorold Rogers, paper cove...
As to Politics and Others. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
As to Politics and Others. In the 'International Socialist' of iiarch 6th we find the following — '?Things do not seem too rosy with tho Anti-Socialist l.W.W. in America,' theni it goes on to show how 'after re peated requests for money to meet the accumulation of bills,'5 'the financial statement of 'Solidarity' shows a loss of 250 dollars,' 'showing also that the circulation nas lauen on, aim 'wnen we remember,' it says, 'the immense population and extraordinary advertise ment of the anti-soeialist I.W.W., and the bold face they put on, one would think they were carrying all before them, we may ask is their propaganda of Direct Action, Sabotage and Anti Socialism, succeeding? The answer seems obvious 'It is not!' Has the A.S.P. yet to learn that tho forward movement is always the least supported by those whom it would least benefit ? 'Thei Labour Party has signally fail ed in the political arena, and has ever 'been represented by the Capitalist Press as Socialism' — International ...
The I.W.W. Preamble. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
The I.W.W. Preamble, The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. ?:' Tii-re can be uc peace so long as hunger and want are found among mil- - lions of v.-orking people, and the few who make up the employing class _ hnve all the good things of life. : Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of the earth and the ma- ; , ? ? t ? .j,,M.inn anrl abolish the wage system. QUIT 'CX Y Ul uj.uu '-jw*'' j«*- — ? ~ We find that the centreing of the management of industries into fewe. and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever-growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a 4tate of affairs which allows one «t of workers to be pitted against ?mother set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping to defeat «,,o another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employ in, class to mislead the worker, into the belief that the working class have inte...
The Hungry Men. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
The|Hungry Men. ? ? — : ? .. Out on the roads they h»v- gathered, a hundred thousand men, To ask for a hold on life as sure as the wolf's hold in. his den. Then- need lies close to the quick of life as the earth lies close to the stone; It is as meat to the slender rib, as marrow to the bone. They ask but the leave to labour, to toil in the endless night, For' a little salt to savour their bread, for houses water-tight Thev ask but the right to labour and to live by the strength of their hands They who have bodies like knotted oaks, and patience like sea-sands. And the right of a. man to labour and his right to labour in joy Not all your laws can strangle that right, nor the gates of Hell destroy, For it came with the making of man and was kneaded into Ins bones, And it will stand at the last of things on the dust of crumbled thrones. — Edwin Markham.
TO LOCALS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
TO LOCALS. Locals and members are urged tin push the paper and literature. We an j doing- our bit this end. Push the dope,: send in the dough, and we'll settle up what we owe on the pant. We have quids worth of literature on hand all good— we want it converted into cash. And it depends on you ! Are you in? Press Committee.
LITERATURE OFFER. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
— ? ? ^ LITERATURE OFFER. The Press Committee has been very busy lately, and have oh stock several new and interesting pamphlets. ?Revolution and the I.W.W-i' by Frank Chester Pease, is one of the clearest and most convincing pieces yet Issued by the advanced movement. price, 3d. 'I.W.W. Song Book,' containing 32 songs, including all the favorites, that £re sung all over the world. A great thing for breaking new ground. Price, 3d. ??Sabotage,' by W. C. Smith, is a remarkably simpls and convincing pamphlet, wrtlch deals with Sabotage and its philosophy and ^ppllnation. All should read it. Price, 3d. 'The Advancing Proletariat,' by Abner Woodruff, is a well-written history of the genesis, and develop ment of the pholetariat. It describes the effect of the machine on the trades unions and era-Its, and shows tfie rise of thst modern day pheno manon, the unskilled, propertiless working class. Price, 3d. 'Industrial Unionism,' by Vincent St. John, is a splendid primer for a beginner. It d...
SWEDEN. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
SWEDEN. In Sweden, the marine transport workers' unions are militant. They do thoir own fighting, without relying, like their Australian co-workers, on the efforts of old-woman politicians, who are going to legislate- reforms. The seamen and firemen oi' Sweden gob tiled of livng in lousy bunks in the forecastle, and they decided to live alongside the officers amidships. The ofiii.ciH objected, the owners raved, bus 'Diivct Action'' was applied systemat ically and often, and it brought the de sired results. -Now, ii' the .sla\es on the Australian coast, would take a leal out of the books of the 'ioruiguvjr.' they would pro bably get better conditions, and a big ger opinion oi' themselves. But per haps, they don't think themselves good enough to live alongside the aristocratic officers.
An Error Exposed. What the L W. W. Stands For. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
Aii Error Exposed. What the I. W. W Stands For. In discussing economic and indus trial subjects with the average worker one is struck with the fact that the need for enlightenment along element ary lines as to the true cause of his eco nomic ills is of pressing necessity. This is all the more essential inasmuch as it is the function of the educational institutions of capitalism, the univer sity, the school, the press, pulpit and political platform, to conceal from him th« source from which capitalist society derives its wealth, and to mis-educate him as to tho remedy for the economic and social evils which flow from the nc oum illation of that wealth. It i,s amusing to hoar the average worker, otherwise intelligent eiiou.uli, talk of the affinity between Capital and Labour, the- necessity for 'doing justice to both,' the '''reward to which each is legitimately entitled,' etc., etc., all of which he has just heard from the lips of soino 'learned'1 professor of political economy, or r...
Mr Block. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
Mr Block. (Tune: Something Doing- in the Oid Town To-night.) Please give me your attention, I'll in troduce to you, A man who is a credit to our red, white and blue; His heaTis made of lumber and as solid as a rock, Ho ic n /-nmmnn ivnrlcfr .ind his n^TOC is Mr. Block. And Block, he thinks he may Be premier some day. Chorus. Oh, Mr. Block, you were born by mis . take, You take the cakcf You make me ache. - Tic a rock on your block, and thc;i jump in the lake; Kindly do this for liberty's sake! Yes, Mr. Block was luc\y— he £ot ;i job, you see; The agent, he got thirty bob for job and fare and fee. They shipped him to the desert, and dumped him with his truck ; But when he tried to find that job he sure was out of luck. He shouted, 'That's too raw! I'll fix them with the Law !' (Repeat Chorus.) B'.ock tramped back to the city, but he wasn't doing well. Me said, 'I'll join the Union of the great A.F. of Hell.'.' He got a job next morning:, got sack ed again at nignt, He said 'I'll see ...
MAY DAY GATHERING. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
MAY DAY CATHERINC. Members and sympathisers arc cor dially invited to participate in a social and concert, to be held on Saturday evening, the 1st of May, at the Con cordia Hall in Elizabeth street, Sydney. The preparations are well forward, and the nrotrrnnime nromises. something1 both bizarre and amusing. Excellent talent, and musical turns are already arranged, and a strong part of the programme will be a sketch, entitled 'Jailbirds and Jailers,' written specially for the occasion, by F. W. Stanley West. The foundation will be the recent im prisonment of I.W.W. members in Maitland Gaol. After the concert, a social will be carried on until midnight, and a splendid night's entertainment is assur ed. A strong committee is at work, and everything will be done to assure satisfaction. The tickets will be Is. each, and all proceeds over expenses will be devoted to the I.W.W. Press Fund, in order to facilitate the publishing of literature, and a weekly 'Direct Action.' The committee wish...
A Master's War. (E. Moyle.) [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
A Master's War. (E. Moyle.) Many are the reasons that have been advanced accounting for the war at present being perpetrated od the con tinent of ISurope. All the nations in volved, by the fact that they are en gaged have found some justification' for cutering into the murderous conflict. Leader writers to the press have belched forth their fulminations in ac cord with tlie respective countries that own them. Military authorities have, to the full, given vent to their animal breeding. The meal ticket artists of re ligion hare not been lacking with their blinding superstitious dope, and the po'i ticians, to which ever of the crazy part ies they belong, hare been equally dili gent in the collecting of bodies to be sent to the slaughter. Such rensons as these sets of people advance do servo the purpose of some, but to the workers not one contains a spark of common sense in justifying the slaughter of members of their class. Just as the workers through craft organisation are dirided amo...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
Important. Fullow workers and locals are in vited to send in reports of activities, news; pars, and short snappy articles Above all, don't send long, windy ar ticles about nothing in particular, as the writers are bound to b-- disap pointed. Anything of a personal na ture will not be entertained, Although criticism is always welcomed. The first idea of the organisation is to pro pagate tlie tactics and structure of tho I.W.W., and, therefore, necessarily, this paper will express thos-* ideas - primarily. # * # Should any subscribers fail to re ceive acknowledgment of tfceir sub scriptions the receipt of 'DIRECT ACTION' will be equivalent to such. Should any subscriber sot receive his paper he should immediat3ly noti fy Manager, CoC Cactlereagh-nreet. On the expiration of subscriptions the number of the last issue due sub scribers will appear on the wrapper of the paper
YOUR KING AND COUNTRY NEED YOU"—TO BLACKLEG. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
'YOUR KING AND COUNTRY NEED YOU'— TO BLACKLEG. Two hundred men of the Royal Gar- \ rison Artillery have been drafted into' \ [Xcwhavon to do the work of dock work- j ers who have come out on strike for a I living wage for the work of handling j military stores. ! Tho men struck work on Wednesday, j and they had been working in three i shifts as follows: First shift leaves \ Brighton at 5.15 a.m., returns 4.10 I p.m..- 4s. -Id. a day. Second shift leaves ; Brighton 1.45 p.m.. returns 12 mid- j night, 5s. a day. Third shift leaves I Brighton 9.4r \i.m., returns §.15 a.m., j 5s. Sd. a da, Their demands are that , 5s be paid for the first shift, Cs for , the second, and 7s. for the third, with j 10s. for the Sunday Shift. j Tlie manager of the Brighton rail- ' way, in whose employ the men are, complains- of the wen's lack of patriot ism. Verily, as Dr. Johnson might have said, patriotism is the last refuge of a sweater. (Weekly Record of the Rational Trans port Workers' Federation.)
Boulder. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
Boulder. A worker fainted hew on the bread liiu1 the other day, at the Great Bould er Mine, just at the moment- the boss was picking his slaves. Nu-body at tended to the man for a while as they wore too busy selling themselves. The man had been without anything to eat for threo days. — Free country. The lying, canting humbugs, the poli ticians wore here the other day, and some of them, Federal members, ex pressed themselves surprised at the im proved conditions under which we work. Politicians- always evade the point. Tin? point is. are we working under as good as conditions as we should he. JM. S.VWTELL.
The Prostitution of the Press. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 April 1915
The Prostitution of the Press. (By Ajax.) The present condition to which the plutish press, or those sheets alleged to be the organs of public opinion, has sunk, is a disgrace to their owners, and a reflection on the intelligence of the public. All sense of truth or jus tice seems to be lost, indeed it is hard ly expected, much less desired by the pseudo respectable society for whom the oracles of Fat cater. Reading matters which might elev ate and instruct is rigorously tabooed; rather is there a marked tendency to pander to the morbid tastes and brut ish instincts of the ignorant. Gross forms of sensationalism, jingoism, criminal reports, and the latest racy gossip respecting the doings of Mrs. Snobbery and Mr. Moneybags, faked war news, and a plentiful assortment of dubious advertisements comprise the stock-in-trade of the plutish press. Men or ability, and sometimes genius, who are capable of better things, are forced to prostitute their views to the papers they work for. In pol...
Important. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
Important. Fi»llo\v workers and locals are in vited to send in reports of activities, news pars, and short snappy articles Above all, don't send long, windy ar ticles about nothing in particular, as the writers are bound to to disap pointed. Anything of a personal na -.uiv mil UWL uc tSULCl IU.1UCU, nllHOUgU criticism is always welcomed. The first idea or the organisation is to pro pagate the tactics and structure of the I.W.W., and. therefore, necessarily, this paper will express thos' ideas primarily.
WAR! WHAT FOR! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
WAR! WHAT FOR! Kirkpatrick's great work. A monii niciit of argument. Most quoted of any anti-war book. ? On sale now. Small stock. Speedy application alo»e will ensure copy. Send to-day 3/- bound copy, post paid. Do it now. Or send in £1 of subs, for 'Direct Action' and get a fiee copy. Hustle, boys, hustle, there's only a small supply — Lit. Secy., 330 Castlereagli St., Sydney, N.S.W. ? * * SUBSCRIPTIONS. ? *.- . To Direct Action is 2s.- per year, withiu Australia ; New Zealand 3s. : and foreign, 4s. Bundles, 9d. per r dozen posted.
EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION. Justifiable Assassination. Mr. Meagher's Sentiment. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
EVOLUTION AND REVOLUTION. Justifiable Assassination. Mr. Meaghers Sentiment. Mr. Fitzgorald, the newly-elected * president of the Political Labor League, entered upon his duties at yesterday's meeting of the conference. Tho retir ing president, Mr. Meaglicr, in handing over- control of conference, expressed his thanks to the delegates for the hon our that had been conferred upon him. He regarded the presidency of the Political Labor League as the blue ribbon of democracy. He congratulat ed Mr. Fitzgerald upon his election. jug new president was a man 01 exper ience and tact, and he felt satisfied that the business of tho league would he safe in his hands. There was an enormous field for pro- 1 paganda work among the organised $ workers. It bad been said that rcro- | lution was but evolution hurried up. ?- Ho was himself a revolutionist, by peaceful means if possible. He could realising that in the struggle for pro gress and freedom force had to be met with force if necessary. He bel...