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Some definitions for Economic Students [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1914
Some definitions for Economic Students Circulation: Exchange of com modities for money and money for commodities: a complete cir cuit, e.g., M-C-M, or C-M-C. Velocity of Circulation: The Kate at which money changes hands. If 5s makes tour purcnases a day its velocity is 4 to 1, and functions as one pound. Commodity: Must be a pro duct of labour containing both use-value and exchange-value. Money: Expresses value in terms of price; measures value; is not a 'standard' of value. Price : The money name of va lue which rises in proportion to the fall in the value of gold. Cost: Labour-time taken to p oduce a commodity; the less 1:me the less the cost. Cheap: Differs from cost, be ing measured by money, not by time; to purchase a lot with lit tle money. Exchange Value: The neces sary amount of average social labour hours embodied in a commodity; it is determined by time, measured by |money and expressed by price. Use-value: Having the quali ties of satisfying any human de sire, physical o...
How to Join. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1914
How to join. Any wage worker wishing to joiiuhe Industrial Workers of the World can obtain information by applying tcthe nearest local l.W.W. secretary. If there is no branch of the l.W.W in your district you may become a member by making application rough the poet, to any secretary listed in the paper. Do you agree to abide bv the constitution Will you diligently study its principles and make yourself acquainted with its purposes? Xame Occupation Industry Sireet Address City State The above applicant, having subscribed to the principles ol the pre amble, and having answered in the affirmative to the questions, expresses his desire to become a member of Uie Industrial Workers .of the World, and is therefore recommended lor membership. To Local Union No. By Initiation Cut this out, fill in. Post to Sec, Trs., with Initiation Fee.
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1914
Stock Literature We have the following literature In stock s— One Big Union, An Outline of a Pos sible industrial Organisation of the Working Glass, with chart. By E. A. Trautman. Price 6d. ? The Rights to be Lazy, Not the right to work, but more of the things that work creates with leisure to enjoy them, that is what intelli gent wage workers demand. By Paul Laf argue. Price 6d. On the Firing Line, Report of the Seventh Annual Convention, on the ; McNamara Case, Ettor and Ciov annitti Case, The Lawrance Strike, And what is the I.W.W. Priee 3d. The I.W.W It's History, Structure, and Methods By Vicent St. John. Price 3d. The Revolutionary I.W.W. By C, H. Perry. Price 3d, . j ? ^ .^ ?? Eleven Blind Leaders, or Practical Soc ialism and Revolutionary Tactics* By B. H. Williams. Price 3d. Oirect Action versus Legislation. By ? j. B. Smith. Price 2d. - - industrial Unionism, Aim,* Form and -j Tactics of a workers' Union op y I.W.W. Lines, By T. H. Price 2d; ; Wage, Labour and Capital. By ...
The Preamble of the I.W.W. READ THIS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1914
The Preamble of the 1. W.W. - READ THIS. . The working class and the employing class have nothing in common.'. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among ;. mil lions oif 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 goon until the workers of the world organise as a class, take possession of -the --earth and the ma chinery of production, and abolish the wage system. We find that the centreing of the management of industries into .fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the evergrow ing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of af fairs which allows one set o» workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping to defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mis lead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests In common with t...
SOME DEFINITIONS FOR ECONOMIC STUDENTS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1914
SOME DEFINITIONS FOE ECONOMIC STIJ- ; : DENTS. right of private ownership of the. principal means of produc tion worked by wage-labour; the executive of the ruling class. The collective expression of the economic interests or tne m ruling class; an institution used M to preserve the ownership of the .| means of production and stands J for the perpetuation of wage- fi slavery. ' -. . : ? .; $ Philosophy: To arrive at gen eral conclusions and causes by -* deductive reason, that is, by ab- ,„,£ straet reasoning and not by. em | pirical or concrete manifes- f tations of laws; to arrive at the | absolute; a theoretical endeay- 1 our to explain ?phenomena by means of the faculty of ..thought.
TELL THAT TALE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1914
TELL THAT TALE. Villa's murder of Benton — for doubtless it was murder — has been the signal tfor this joint intervention cry, and once again we are deluged with the Pharasaic cant that human me uiusi oe protected, even n we nave to turn Mexico into a shambles. The sanctity of human life! Tell that talc to the outcasts hugging the shelter of a ifriendly arch in Chicago, with a tem perature below zero, or sleeping in London's parks, soaked to the skin by driving rain. Tell that tale to fhe men shivering in Ihe bread lines, or to the desperate unemployed whose protest meetings are ridden down by mounted police. Tell that tale to the men who have to pack their blankeis all along this coast, and think them selves lucky if they strike a job under such conditions as those exposed so recently at Wheatland Cal. Tell that tale to the thousands you straight jacket and paddle and torture with all the refinements of the Inquisition up to-date in our jails and penitentiaries. Tell that tale to t...
BONES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1914
BONES. 'Capl.' George Gates, the well knewn rebel, who, during the first re volt in Mexico, confiscated an engine shaft ffliid, though deep in his bosque, contrived to metamorphose it into a 'Long Tom' for Jladero, tells the fol lowing story. — 'Once upon a time a man and his (log were lost in a far deep,desert. 1 hey were without food. The dog was a good and USEFUL animal and had always been a good pal. Consequent ly, f hough the man was consumed with a gnawing hunger, he did not want, to kill the dog. Finally he hit upon the scheme of cutting off the dogs tail— a large juicy one— and us ing it. for food. Curtailment duly fol lowed this economic discovery and the tail was cooked and eaten. It was in this manner the man's life was saved. When he had picked the bones c!ea|n of their rich nutriment he fed them to the dog, and thus saved its life, and ? ' 'Well?' questioned George's listen ers. 'Well, those bones — them's Wages!'' FRANK PEASE, in ' l.S. Review.' * * * Quiet systematic ...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1914
IMPORTANT. Fellow 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 Hcles about nothing in particular, as the writers are bound to be disap pointed. Anything or a personal na ture will not be entertained, although criticism is always welcomed. The first, idea of the organisation is to pro pagate the tactics and structure of the I.W.W., and, therefore, necessarily, this paper will express those ideas primarily. * * * ?. Should any subscribers fail to ^re ceive acknowledgment of their sub scriptions the receipt of 'DIRECT ACTION' will be equivalent to such. Should any subscriber not receive his paper he should immediately noti fy Manager, 330 Castlereagh-street On the expiration of subscriptions the number of the last issue due sub scribers will appear on the wrapper of the paper Hitherto 'DIRECT ACTION' has 40 been published on the last day of the j..-. month. Henceforth, until such time ' as ...
Revolution and the I. W. W. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1914
Revolution and the I, W. W. (From The Forum.) Looking over the field of world wide radicalism at first glance it might appear that the revolution was in a condition of progress commen surate with 'General Development.' From all sides the dawn of a great social change is endlessly heralded. One is well nigh deafened by this self congratulatory clamour of progress. Liberal magazines flaunt it at us, scholarly books repeat it, that weath er vane of public opinion, the press, faiirly shouts it from the house tops. From, pulpit, lecture platform and soap box the glad tidings are reiter ated, that all who may listen and marvel. There are progressive and revolutionary politics, new religions, philosophies and cults cluster the so cial highway. Much literature and drama is devoted to discussions for attacks upon marriage and Puritan- ism. For a whole decade now, muck- racking has engaged the leading jour- nalists. Women suffrage, a veritable sirocco, is upon us. A tremendous clatter is hear...
Judge Heydon and the "Living Wage." [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 May 1914
Judge Heydon and the 'Living Wage.' 'What is now sought is an au &nbsp; thoritative declaration as to the basis for living wage in New South &nbsp; Wales, together with the ascer tainment- of some method (if &nbsp; such can be found)' of raising or &nbsp; lowering it with the rise and fall in the cost of living.' This is certainly illuminating. Federal Laborism in Australia has been assuring the workers for years past that if Parliament were empowered to 'regulate' trusts and combines, which, we were assured, were the cause of «,„ ris,, in urices, that the posi tion ol the -worker would be ma terially improved. 'Garn!' says the State Labor party through its Arbitration Court, 'what » now sought is some method (if such can be found ) of raising or lowering wages with the rise and fall iu the cost of living! And v,t some people say that Hugh es, Holman and Co,, are clever politicians! But let us have some more of lieydon : 'As to the rent, the house sho...
IMPORTANT. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
IMPORTANT. H Fellow workers and locals are in- IB vited to send' in reports of activities, SI news pars, and short snappy articles. H Above all, don't send long, windy ar- jB tides about nothing in particular, as B the writers are bound to be disap- ij pointed. Anything ot a personal na- Jjw ture will not be entertained, although., jjl criticism is always welcomed. The ijfi first idea of the organisation is to pro- JjE| pagate the tactics and structure of the jjjp I.W.W., and, therefore, necessarily, 18p this paper will express those ideas Jil primarily. jjj| * * * §16 Should any subscribers fail to re- jjjjj ceive acknowledgment of their sub- gal scriptions the receipt of 'DIRECT jjp ACTION' will be equivalent to such. Si Sjfl Should any subscriber not receive ij§M his paper he should immediately noti- Jjjj fy Manager, 330 Castlereagh-street SJjl On the expiration of subscriptions jjjjl the number of the last issue due sub- |||| scribers will appear on the wrapper |B| of the paper ...
Drefful Bad Form Doncher-know! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
Drefful Bad Form I Doncher-know! I I Major Mclnerney has been expelled 9 from the Melbourne Naval and Miling- fl try Club (haw!) for blaspheming Lord I Rabbits, who is financed by the Na- M tional Service League. 9 The worthy Majah (bawl.) states M that Rabbits is prejudiced, bigoted, |§ and suffering from senility. Truth I sometimes comes out in queer places. jS Anyway! Majah, Rabbits with all his ? senility got the kudos out of the H Safrican War, while the hlanky fools H who did the spade work are nibbling §? daisy roots in Mosenstein's, Africa. 9E Senility! Why, by deah Majah the |jj whole service reeks with it, and the §M sooner another war comes along, and 4B kills the type off, the hetter it will be W for everyone. jjjj Never be contented — contentment m breeds servility. 3| When seeking redress, use every ? conceivable tactic — meet the boss at m his own game — be scientific! ? Read the literature, study it well fl and then you must become an agita- 9 or, when you fully real...
ONLY ONE SLOGAN! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
ONLY ONE SLOGAN! — o — The slogan of the One Big Union is sounding the death knell of capi talism. Slowly, but surely, the mes sage of Industrial Unionism is reach ing the ears of the down-trodden, op pressed, mass of workers, all over the world. Everywhere, rumblings of discon tent can be heard from the slaves who are compelled to live a life of drudgery, and sordidness, amid hel lish conditions, in factories and mines for no other purpose than to build up profits for their exploiters. It is amaziing the amount of apathy and tolerance the avearge wage-slave has to his own interests since he does not rise and rebel against the inhuman exploitation of which he is a victim. When we realise, tnat everything that is beneficial to mankind, is the result of his sweat, in the foetid suf focating atmosphere of the factory and mine, and when we consider for a moment, our position as slaves of a dominating class, it seems strange, that the 'working class should meek ly hand over to that paras...
An Open Letter to the Wharfies. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
An Open Letter to the Wharfies. — --o — Fellow Workers:— Wake! Walie up! Are you going to be chloroformed all your lives? Are you everlastingly going to be flap doodled by political tricksters ot me hue of 'Tinker' Hughes? Attorney General, yes! For the capitalistic class. Shun him as you would any other skunk! Are you going to allow him and the class he legislates for to drag you deeper into the mire? The time is ripe now for you to or ganize along the right lines — Indus- trial Unionism. Get into line with the men of YOUR class throughout Australasia and the world, and the world is yours. Arbitration and arbi tration awards have accomplished nothing for YOU. They never can and never will; never were so intend ed. Instances of arhitration and its ab surdities could he given in volumes, but the editor of 'Direct Action' says that his paper cannot afford the space. Might is right and ever will be. Ab sorb that sentiment, fellow slaves. Let us quote the words of Covington Hall: Might ...
MORE JOLTS. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
MORE JOLTS. Slaves, you will notice, those of you who read what the 'Herald' Angel sings, that for several days in succes sion the star leader writer — or leader faker— has spent much valuable ink and time shedding 'light' on the bakers' strike. 'Give us this day our daily bread,' cries the capitalist. Why don't you shut off the bosses' 'Daily Bread,' and then, oh, workers, you will shut off capitalism! ? ? ? In a column editorial, the 'Hevald' of all good things for the masters, had quite some pungent remarks to make about the bakers' strike. Among them was the following gem; 'The men cannot have their cake and eat it, too.' The working plug doesn't eat cake. Can't afford it! What the capitalistic organ meant, presumably, was that, under .present conditions, 'The men -cannot bake bread, and eat it, too.' * * * While referring to cake, it might he timely to remind the 'Herald,' and its hide-bound supporters, that a few days before that sweet martyr, Marie An tionette, was guillotine...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
Parliamentarianism— Pure. You fat-headed toilers did not imagine when you sent your representatives to Parliament, thatthey slept on the floor of the House, while your problems were being discussed. Yesterday's 'Herald' says so, any how, and also tells you, unblushingly, that twelve pounds a week is not enough to buy your politicians a ' doss.' They haven't the price to buy a decent ' flop ' outside, and so it seems your legislators, on Wednesday night, in YOUR Federal Parliament, indulged in a free for-all-fight as to which of YOUR repre sentatives possessed this pillow or that blanket. Why don't you buy them all blankets and pillows, Mr. Political Actionist ? Let 'em sleep like you are doing !
Agitation on the Job. I.W.W. Doings in Sydney. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
Agitation on the Job. — o— I.W.W. Doings' in Sydney. Several shops nave Deen visited dur ing this last week by the local orga nizer and propaganda talks delivered to the slaves during the noon hour. More assistance is needed in this work. A reasonably fair amount of litera ture has been disposed of — the work ers seeming very anxious to absorb anything pertaining to the New Union ism. All the meetings have been well attended, and many really intel ligent questions were asked. Arrangements are being made in order that the different workers at the various shops may have opportu nities to hold evening meetings in the I.W.W. Hall, 330 Castlereagli-street, in order to learn more regarding La bor's most up-to-date weapon against Capitalism. It is confidently expected that several new locals will shortly be started in and around Sydney, in the different industries. Fellow-worker King, recently ap pointed general organizer for Austra lasia, left last week for Newcastle, in order to instil t...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
JireGt Action ORGAN 'CfttffiSSt Of the INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Offioe: — 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney Australia. EDITOR- THOS. GLYNN. * MANAGER— E. A. CIFFNEY. * Matter for publication only should be addressed to the Editor. Other matter to the Manager. Subscription, 2/- per year. Special Terms on Bundle Orders. HEADQUARTERS I. W.W. (Australia): 330 CASTLEREAGH ST., SYDNEY. GENERAL HEADQUARTERS— 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S.A .
Justice Higgins Not Sick: JUST TIRED THATS ALL. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 15 May 1914
Justice Higgins Not Sick : — o — JUSTTIRED,*THATS ALL. Mr. .Justice 'Iggins,' president .ol the Federal Arbitration Court, has gone to Vurrup, via America, for an extended holiday. 'Long may it ex :eud,'' is the wish of the workers oi Australia. On the eve pi' his departure, a week or so ago, Hizzouer Higgins quite modestly admitted to several other fel iow-Hizzouers, in the purlieus of the High Court, Melbourne, that he had 'done a great and beneficent work for the people of Australia.' 'I am not sick,' quoth Hizzoner to his fellow jurisdictionists, during their mutual admiration talk-feast, prior to his departure on a world-wide junket; so great that 1 am compelled to rest.' 'Rest in Peace!' chorus the work ers unanimously. His Arbitration Washup did not int mate to his kind, during their mutual back-scratching gathering, that while he was not sick, Labor was most dis- ] tinctly. Sick of his piffling awards and foot ling arbitration courts; Sick of the travesty of justice to the w...