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Industrialism. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
Industrialism. Scientific, pniiosopmcal, and techni cal terms cannot oe properly under stood without a certain amount of study, reflection, and mental effort. Frankly, we of the I.W.W. do not expect the workers to understand what the industrial organisation of the workers of the world really means without some mental and anxious ef fort. First of all. we must h« nrtranispd to win. In all labour struggles, the workers, when they have lost, have either been starved back into submis sion, or the fear of want has played a great part in the workers' defeat. The workers must be fed. In the past, when one section of the workers has been on strike, other workers have come to their assistance with money. In the future the workers will have to help their fellows, not with money, but with FOOD. All the wealth, tiade, commerce, and business of the world goes through the - workers' hands. Yet the workers direct all this wealth away from their own class. The toilers watch their own fellow workers...
NOTE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
NOTE. Correspondents are requested to write as legibly as possible, and on one side of the paper, as it facilitates getting the paper ready. The Edi tor regrets that he is not in a position to answer all letters owing to the amount of work to be done. In fu ture, all corespondence will be ac knowledged in the columns.
STICKERS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
STICKERS. Stickeis are one of the most effect ive propaganda dodges that can be used. The Press Committee have printed a large quantity, which are now on sale to members, and locals. The prices are 2s. 6d. per thousand; lls. for 5000; and £1 for 10,000. Orders despatched by roturn.
OBIT: LORD ROTHSCHILD. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
OBIT: LORD ROTHSCHILD. Death has taken away one of the greatest thieves of modern times, in the person of Lord Rothschild. As a steak-r of birthrights, he stood well in the forefront of the profession. In a knowledge of the various tricks that enable the capitalist to defraud and humbug the working class, the family- of Rothschilds were trained from their youth up, hence their con trol of a vast amount of property ac cumulated at the expense of the public. Impelled by motives of policy, Rothschild gave away sufficient of the products of his thefts to gain for him seli' a reputation for charity, a charity viitx'j n da many siumain. The sins of the fathers in the case of capitalists descend on the workers even unto the third and fourth gener ation after them, and the hoard of wealth left by Rothschild is a lever in the hands of his descendants, en abling them to keep the untortunate public in a position -that facilitates further, and continuous fleecing, con tinuous, as long as the wo...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
SUBSCRIPTION BLANK For DIRECT ACTION. Enclosed find P.O. for 2/, for which send me Direct Action for 12 months at the followilng address:: — NAME. (Street or P.O. Box) City ? State ? (If removed, please mark an x here), # * * - 'What is a 'Wooden Shoe?' Bead 'Sabotage.' * * * Fellow-workers, take a kick at the system by pushing 'Direc6 Action.'
Melbourne. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
Melbourne. ? « ? Owing to bad weather two or three of our propaganda meetings, had to be abandoned, consequently the opportu nity of disseminating 'Direct Action' amongst the slaves has been limited to an unfortunate degree. Now that the cold, frosty nights are not far dis tant we are arranging for a large num ber of indoor meetings, and if this pro position materialises some good work will surely be accomplished. We have received a- challenge from the bogus I.W.W., otherwise known as the S.L.P., to debate our antiparlia mentary attitude. It is a case of the glowworm seoKing advertisement by challenging the electric light. 'Nuff said.' I hear rapacious monsters played the game of starving the slaves into act ing as cannon fodder so low and so long that they have now to fall upon other resources to keep up the spirit of patriotism. But it's all of no avail, Mr. Fat! The slaves are now not so intoxicated with that desire for mur der. They are turning their attention to their own affai...
TO LOCALS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
TO LOCALS. I Locals and members are urged ».S push the paper and literature. We ar ? doing- our bit this end. Push the #. ? send in the dough, and we'll settle «P m what we owe on the plant. We »» ? quids worth of literature on ?!« all good— we want it converted «' .? cash. And it depends on you! Ares'' ? in? I Who said there was no lineup ? ment in N.S.W. ? 'At a ''**?«,,?? the Dalley Labor Council last niff^ ? persons were nominated for the M H for the selection of a candidate'to^-™ test the extraordinary vacancy w _ H Dalley Electorate in the te™r J ? ost.'— Sydney 'Sun.' ?
If Constantinople Falls What May Happen? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
If Constantinople Falls What May Happen? 1 (From the New Republic.) B The fall of Constantinople would B materially and promptly change thb ? whole situation in the Near East, is B wuuki exercise a tremendous influence B fiipon all the neutrals in the Mediter B ranoan, it might conceivably bring It ? al.v, lluniania and Greece into the bat B tie lines to fill the gap between the B Russians and the Servians, and turn B the Austrian flank along the Adriatic B a»d the Alps. But in. any event it H would pass an immediate sentence of B death upon those who now control the B warning power of Osmanli. Enver Bey B and the handful of pro-German states B men who rushed their country into a B third terrible war before the wounds of B two earlier disasters had healed, would B infallibly pay the price failure imposes B in the Turkish world. With their pass ? ing, Russian troops in the Caucasus, B British troops in Egypt, would be re B leased for service in Europe. Turkey B would disappear from t...
Workers! Become Honest. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
Workers! Become Honest. ihe last few weeks we have heard a most pitiable crj go up to the gods iioiii the throats of many leaders iii th# Trade Union Army, and more espe ?ialv from the leaders of the Builders' .Labourers' 'Union. 11 appears that they have been silly enough to »pend money in getting ?m aivard from the Arbitration Court, and, having got it, they have become siiii sillier in upholding it against an attack of employers in the Higher Court, bv wasting their sabstauce in grasping a shadow, spending their haxd culiccted bawbees in support ot the people who are Jtlways ready to fleece the innocent — the legal profession. Hare not the Builders' Labourers recog nised tliat the law was made by lawyers for lawyers, and only, lawyers can do anything with it? And have not the Builders' Labourers learned yet iii;iL pi-oplo 'who play with fire will certainly have their fingers burnt? Or tiiat laymen, or, better still, labourers, have made another law for them selves, winch has been...
TOTTENHAM. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
TOTTENHAM. As we go to Press, a communication has been received from fellow workers at Tottenham, who have sent to the General Office for an application form for a charter, so as to make a start on a solid basis for the propaganda of the ideas of the I.W.W. In hundreds of places the propaganda is going ahead, and in a few months the I.W.W. will be developing into the constructive phase. REPARTEE. Minister Cann, a Labour Party big gun, came out of the P.L.L. Confer- ence the other day. He was accosted on the step by an I.W.W. man selling "War! What For?" The ponderous politician snapped, "A young fellow like you would be better on the end of a rifle." And swift came the retort, 'And a d — — d parasite like you on the other end of it!"
AN EARNEST APPEAL TO PATRIOTIC BONEHEADS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
AN EARNEST APPEAL TO PATRIOTIC BONEHEADS. (By 'Massage.') 'If you are patriotic, and believe in warfare, your place is right at the front.' 'Oh, you were rejected by the military authorities as unfit ? Too old, or bad eyesight, eh?' But there are more ways than one in doing anything, and where there is a will there's a way. Don't lie down and die just because your masters cast you aside as an unfit bullet tarket. I suggest that all boneheads who were rejected form themselves into one big organisation, and demand the right to go and fight for the old Empire. The capitalist press will back you up and advertise you free of charge, and open up funds for you. People will cheer you. You are sure to be thousands strong in a few weeks. Having such weight your voice will be immensely powerful. You'd create a sensation and win easy, sure, and a few more boatloads of intellectual degenerates would be dumped out of Sydney. If this idea fails, stow away on all boats leaving for the old Dart. If ...
WOMEN AND THE I.W.W. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
WOMEN AND THE i.W.W. Perhaps the most revolting feature of modern capitalism is its subjugation and consequent degradation of wo men. And it is a singular fact that the advanced movements of our time &nbsp; show a common failing in dealing with &nbsp; the women question. We have reach &nbsp; ed a stage in economic development when man's dominance in industrial activity is seriously threatened by the &nbsp; influx of women in the labor market, &nbsp; with its resultant lowering of wages &nbsp; and standard of living. If this intoler &nbsp; able state of affairs is allowed to pro &nbsp; ceed much further, unlooked for events &nbsp; are going to happen. Instead of con &nbsp; cord and harmony amongst the sexes, &nbsp; there will 'be enmity and antagonism. &nbsp; To obviate this difficulty is the chance &nbsp; of the I.W.W. &nbsp; It is known by all alert observers &nbs...
Michael Bakounine, in 1868. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
Michael Bakounine. in 1868. But we can leave these poor dotards to their impotent &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; dreams and ridiculous Utopias. The present belongs to the &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; bourgeoisie, the future is for the workers. Let us think of &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; the great preparations for the coming day. &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; What is needed to bring about the final liberation of &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; Labor? Two things, two inseparable conditions. The first is &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; the true and practical solidarity of the workers of all coun- &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; tries. What power on earth can resist this gigantic combina- &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; tion? This must, therefore, be realised. All oppressed and &nbsp; &nbsp; exploite...
The Human Drift. LABOR OMNIA VINCIT, LABORARE EST ORARE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1915
;- The Human Drift LABOR OMNI A VINCIT, LABORARE EST OR ARE. 'This that they call Organisation of Labour is the uni versal vital question of the world; it is the problem of the whole future for all who will in future pretend to govern man.'— Thomas Carlyle. By Ajax. In this essay an attempt is made, by the use of charts and explanatory notes, to show the human drift. Our five lables, historic, psychologic, generic, economic and social (whatever their imperiBctions), contain in brief the gist of ponderous technical volumes, which the average worker has neither vh-- lime nor inclination to study. In the short essay it is only possible to present a brief .synopsis in our effort to show the worker his position. The chart method has the added advantage that it is useful for reference. Table one needs no introduction. : — -i 'a ; O -u ; © 3 s - ^ cj . o © : ^3 ~ © ? © j2 _J ? .___- ? _J5 ? 'j^L^l ? ! ? ' ? *S- § I ill; s ! t I j i :1s £1 i ! ; ^ en i I I O : I I -j « I I I : I ! ? L ! ] ?...
Sydney News. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1915
Sydney News. It has been a boast that the work ing class has to depend on their masters if the)' needed -anything done, but that superstition was smashed by the I.W.W. during May Day. A month ago the membership decided to have a concert and dance to celebrate May Day, and to help clear a little of the debt oil our press. ';;? . .- J. - ?' A strong committee took things in hand, and the stage 'arrangements' were placed in the hands of Fellcw wbrker Brown. As- as result of liis endeavours a very strong company was procured, in addition to the I.W.W. sketch, written by fellow worker '-S. West, entitled ''Jailers and Jailbirds.' The tickets were pushed by the membership to good purpose^ some selling up on the hun dred mark. The Concordia Hall was taken. On the night of the concert every thing went with a swing. It was even a greater success than we ever hoped for. At least a hundred were turned away from the door, while inside, nearly two hundred had to stand. All the turns were top not...
CAPITAL'S EDUCATION AS A WORKING CLASS DRUG. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1915
CAPITAL'S EDUCATION AS A WUKKlNG CLASS DRLU. private, matters nothing,, the same standard of ethics marks them all ; at any rate, they are ail agreed thai tiie ideas and ideals oi the ruling class must be taught- i o many the governmental control ot .suiJjols marks the apex oi educa ti'miitnt be Labor or Liberal, De mocratic, Republican, or Conserva tive, the result is the same, lor any government is, as Alarx declares, 'but the executive for managing the ail airs of the whole bourgeois. ' School life opens for the child with patriotic songs — jingo, jingle, boosting the alleged glories of our race, our soldiers, our sailors, our generals and our iving, and, great est of all, our country while all other patriotic teaching — official silently — but more often openly — defames the foreigner and con demns and reviles his barbarism and his low standard of pluck in battle, etc. This kind of piffle, spoken, sung and acted in devotions before the nag, spoken and praised in the outrageously...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1915
One Big Union is the goads. Only slaves work hard. Be a man, and take a turn. SUBSCRIPTION BLANK For DIRECT ACTION. Enclosed find P.O. for 2/, for which Bend me Direct Action for 12 months at the followilng address:: — NAME. (Street or P.O. Box) City ? State ? (If removed, please mark an x here).
The F. S. Union. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1915
The F. S. Union. Wonderful are the ways of the Craft Union leader. The gullibility of those who look to him for guidance is likewise equally amazing. The following account oi the part played by those self styled 'Labor Leaders' in a recent struggle between slave and master would be ac counted very humorous reading, were it not for the fact- that it is -so pathetic ally tragical. 'James Fisher and 18 members of the crew of the .S.S. Canberra were present ed at the City Court yesterday on a charge of desertion. The desertion, ac cording to the evidence, consisted -f the abovementioned defendants taking exception to a cook employed on Urn vessel, and demanding his dismissal (presumably because of non-unionism), and the demand not being at once ac ceded to, they downed tools until such time as the owners of the vessel ac knowledged their demand, and moreov er granted it; which by the way they were not slow in doing, when they saw their profits being interfered with by the stoppage of th...
Trade Unionists, Beware! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1915
Tt^ide Unionists^ Beware! Patriotic Trade -.Unionists auxioub .to Increasa Uiier percentage of re criiils l-o Ilia j\usl.ra3ian contingent should consider well ibis solemn warning. Witliin tfic British Btn ]-ire Ukj peruWJiaiicy- of a Brilisli in RLitution is threatened by British capital I; is- -that insiit uthm h Trade Unionism. A l-eported speech uf Mr. Asqmlh in the 'Sydney Morning Herald' of April 22, headed 'More Muni tions.' contains these words: 'This war was not only a war of men, but of materials— the miner, shipbuild er, engineers, textile workers, rail way men, dockers, were called_ tjn to maintain (he .supply oi munitions without compulsion,. though if neces sary, compulsion would be resorted to.' Also, 'As to profit, all were agreed that 'those supplying muni tions, should not be entitled to un due profit. Trade unions -might be sine they were not prejudicing their interests' by temporarily wavering or suspending their rules.' Those state ments arc lar more convincing-...