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H. G. Wells as a Prophet [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
H. G. Wells as a Prophet Few persons have ventured to pre dict the outcome of the war from a social and economic standpoint, but H. G. Wells, in the 'London Daily Chron icle,' is not. so modest. 'The modem war rogimrn tends to destroy pluto cracy, and substitute an economic de mocracy,' he informs us. lie reasons thusly : 'The poorer classes have ex perienced do class disaster by this war. On the oilier hand, as one specimen of tho securer classes, I iind the carefully arranged .system of investments upon whirl) I had relied for my old age, and for my widow's security, has depreciat- i ml by about HO per cent. Wo are fight- j ing this war very largely on our sav- ['. ings; tin' whole community is being impoverished, but, relatively, the rich i'' are getting poorer and the poor better -''' off.' :;V Jhis knowledge must be comforting r for the poor; but we a.iv. afraid Mr. H. \[: (-\ AY ells' pretty theory, manufactured '??'; in tlie em irnnmeiR oj1 the 'securer ;! classes,' does not ...
Organisation News [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
Organisation News I Encouraging reports have coniejj from Hambledon, Cairns, Q ww i great headway wrth th© propaganaM for the One Big Union. TherfzJ nearly a strike over colored labor I which was averted by the boys The 1 'local slave drivers are bavin* a\,,^\ time studying the jnew art of stsrifc ing on the job, which is becomin, very fashionable in more than ont place in Queensland. The boys on this mill are taking £l worth of literature per month, and distribut ing back numbers of 'Direct Ac tion.' And Hambledon is only one place on the map. Go to it, bovsl * * ♦ J ' ?'?;_ At the Mourilyah Mill, InnisfaJ 1 there has been a successful striked J the sugar mills employees, whoajl mostly Spaniards and Italians 'I These men know how to stick fci gether, and are good direct actioul ists. Solidarity is a wonderful fac.| tor nowadays, and the old parochial 1 ideas are dying out, which divided ^ the workers in the past. One Big J Union for all workers whatever the j creed or language. Uni...
Advertising [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
lirect fiction Ml ^'i-^'^ ! ' * OFFICIAL ORUAN Of tho INDUSTRIAL WORKERS Or THE WORLD. (Australian Administration). Office:— 330 Castlereagh St., Sydney Austrafia. JJ_\.\ vU-Ji. I-:. A LjU'JT\L\. Matter [or pu';:icai.cr. cn'.y i'r,z\..'.i be addressed to the Editor, other msttor to the Manager. Subscription, 2/- per year. Special Terms on Bundle Orders. HEADQUARTERS l.W.W. (Australia): 330 CASTLERE/.CH ST., SYDNEY. CENERAL HEADQUARTERS— 164 W. Washington St., Chicago, III., U.S.A .
Figures. What They Don't Prove. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
figures. What They Don't Prove. In the 'Sunday Times' of the, 19th inst. Meredith Atkinson, the leading economic light of the Workers' (mis.) Educational Association, puts up the usual plea for industrial efficiency, and tells us that according to the figures of wealth production in Australia by the Commonwealth Statistician, if the an nual wealth of the country were equal ly divided it would not amount to more than £4 per head of the popula tion. Let us take the manufacturing in dustry alone. Total value of output in round figures in 1913 was £161.000,000. Wages paid £33,000,000, or an average per head of those employees of about £100. They received less than one fourth of the total value. Mining fig ures show up even less favourably for the actual producers. Did Mr. Atkin son take into consideration the value of the wool, wheat, and other exports, the value of horses, hogs, sheep, cattle, etc., the dividends amounting to about £11,000,000 a year, which is paid to the British inves...
Truth. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
Truth. 'J'o filler Australian politic-, 1o .ibidc then1, and in .vn cecd therein, a Jii;m uhi.-1 have I.Ik.- iuslincls of a JmilVr. lln' .iplitinlfs of ;i pukpockei, the couw i'iuv --}' ;i whine, and Ihe Jm lien of ,i bludgi'i- iillii-rvusfc mol of I lie humi wliu arc 1h'Ti\ or having gol. i here, would not have remained llieie ii' Ihoy wore not wh.it they are, tlu1 most (.if llu; in, the very intellec tual Iwsaud moral'dregs of the most debased and demoralised sections of the community.- This paragraph con stitutes a condign condemnation, of the personnel of 'our Parliaments and of the principles of our politicians. Ncverthel-.-ss, it' is a true spying, and worthy of all acceptation',* that the average British politician is always either a dauinud duffer, or a. damned r.incal. sometimes both at once, and, therefore, d. served ly doubly damn ed.— 'Truth.' (The above is true of the politi cians of all countries, whatever is th-ir color, stripe m- party. If John Norton continues with ...
The Iron Heel. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
The Iron Heel. With the progress of the war and the lack of success by the arms of the Allies, the governing class of Austra lia are rushing madly into a state, of hysterical panic. Free expression of opinion is a thing to be crushed, when. it disagrees with the opinions of those in ' trace. To say that you object to war on principle, is in this 'free' laud, to invite prosecution, and a vin dictive sentence, which you will have to serve m the hell-holes, ironically termed penitentiaries. Citizens are hurled into gaol upon the slightest pretext, for merely stat ing facts. Magistrates suffering from hysteria inflict sentences that would turn a feudal baron or a Russian auto oat green with envy. Members of a recruiting committee visited a shear ing shed recently, says 'The Worker,' and because a cook at the shed said that 'the war was a capitalists' war,' members of the committee had him im mediately arrested for 'trying to pre judice recruiting.'5 To the credit of the fellow workers o...
Worker, Beware! [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
Worker, Beware ! .r,,. rnal \.j;i-a---.v i m~ put., ui ..iL- 1.1) . L1 I' ill - '-'I.) (.Oi J1U '.. i oi p, iv:--.y. i..u a.:i' ia- y n-^^ 1.,-i n- h .au -u 0.13 tiie oiy vi L'jij ?, l|jl . II. J U-JL A Uicil udS CCljiltJjin l 1 Uj L.J iwi.l.l. Iji U ll.U^lmLl. Op,-' 1 .. ... _? II ' t L i i. ..Lj L.'J-llji S J' \ :, .i. -1 till jJilUUpli ? ul ii lilu^ . Lj' i i.j '.li.ikii (I bj '.i it'i it. a* .i-i .. 1 JJlt. lit U, SOl Ml tiLJA i.UOi: '-,'.1 hi j i'j U,at i/iib ooaut-y io lin--.i- .'u oy 0 ujir.ii ,..:iii --i i-.ii,. ^,iC ;,i i., LO Ufa '-'-- -'-? ^t iJ) oi'u-1' 10 'i - li ? oy aiiotnu . JjeC'LivOi 'inmii: - j. .ii ::i l'.t'.u l u- wig 1.1 -uvycfi is g Jl.j ','J -fclcbj-.fl iL ? .i Ill'JI - llllJi/ n: ,n cl ji'jm.' ii'jii ,-.v i i In'. i'ji- 1J1'I._ 1IJ J'il^. In:, OHt COUM'llpi ! ' I b L' iJ.ii -!\V. i! till II i il. I O..l'11-i i WJlJ |j 1-) IIIil. -ljt«'J II. A.iT l: COj! Cl '.? U lOi JJlillJlt-H.I Jig *- --'ll '!?' -? lull; Louk. J jJ-LUj! i.U \V;Ui0 ill;: '.:aji!l.-u. '- pj ...
On with the Fight. Are We Men or Eunuchs? [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
Oil with the Fight. Are We Men or Eunuchs? We will speak out, we will be heard, Though aU earth's systems crack. We will not bate a single word or take a letter Ijack. Let cowards shrink, let liars fear, Let traitors turn --away, What'er we've dared to think that dare we also say. — J. R. Lowell. The fight for the preservation of working-class rights, still continues with unbafced vigour in 'democratic' Australia. Tlie traditions of free speech, public meetings, and free-press arc threaten ed to be stopped in this country of Labor rule. The Magna Charter., tlio Habeas Corpus, the British Constitution, of which we once boasted so loudly, are now lieing violated and trampled under foot. All the liberties which have been won by sweat, and groans, and blood, mid .suffering, are about to be wrested from our grasp unless we stand to gether and defend them to the bitter end. Plutocracy, in its vicious attack upon organised labor, lias found a valu able ally in the Labor Party. The industri...
NAVAL BASE, VICTORIA. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
NAVAL BASE, VICTORIA. At the invitation of some live wires at Crib Point, fellow-worker Gordon Napier and myself visited their camp last week-end. A good crowd turned up, and we entertained and amused them with an illustrated lec ture upon 'Mr. Block.' We wound up a successful meeting with a half hour talk upon the One Big Union which was very well received. We visited the other camp on Sun day afternoon and held an interested audience to whom I showed the de velopment of Industrial Unionism, from the local industrial union to the general organisation. After this meeting was over we returned to the first camp, where we again gave another lecture on 'Mr. Block,' which was also followed by a heart to heart talk on industrial unionism. The audience showed their apprecia tion by collecting £2/12/6. We also sold all the literature that we took with us, amounting to over £2. There is demand for more, which shows that there is growing interest in the question of Industrialism. As was quite...
Why we are Slaves. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
Why we are Slaves. ? * ? In the days of chattel-slavery the whip of the slave-driver, torture, and imprisonment were the means used to keep the slaves in subjec tion. But with the rise of Capital ism these* methods gave way to the more refined, but equally effective, whip of starvation and want. These are the days of so-called 'demo- cracy,' 'freedom,' and the 'no- bility of Labor' and other hypocri tical cries designed to hide from us the fact that we are to-day the slaves of a ruling class more cruel and avaricious than any, which has gone before it. The feudal lords derived their power from the ownership of soi], and they allowed their slaves to till it only on conditions dictated by (Tieir masters. These masters were overthrown, only to be followed by others, the capitalists, but the slaves believed and unfortunately still be lieve that they achieved their free dom with the defeat of the aristo cracy. This illusion, nourished and strengthened by all the powers of capitalism, is ...
SYDNEY NOTES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
SYDNEY NOTES. The out-door meetings of the local have been regularly held and well attended. A vast amount of interest has been aroused and stimulated by the arrest of F.W. Barker, which has attracted the attention of many workers to the organisation. The collections on the Domain were taken up for the purpose of defending Barker's case, for the two past Sun 'days resulted in the magnificent sum of £35. On Sunday, the 12th, over 54 dozen papers were sold at the Domain meeting. The street meet ings have also been unusually good, being well conducted and resulting in good propaganda. * * * The greatest essential to-day in the working-class movement is a thorough understanding of the sci ence of economics. Until a worker thoroughly understands this vital science, he cannot claim to be edu cated. To meet this important need the I.W.W. holds an economic class every Wednesday evening at eight o'clock. At the fii'6t class over eighty students turned up, wbjch was in creased to over one hun...
No title [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
Up to the present time, William Holman, Premier, has not been ar rested for inferring that men fight for the Empire because there is six bob a day attached to it. He is taking a very grave risk, and if he takes our tip he will move before he is compelled to make his debut ;. the police court. # * * The meetings in the Hall, at 330 Castlereagh-street, have been con ducted by F.W. King during the past two Sundays. On each occasion the Hall was packed by a very in terested audience, who followed the lecturer very closely. Questions and keen discussions terminated in new members joining the organisation.
BROKEN HILL ACTIVITIES. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
BROKEN HILt ACTIVITIES. l'conis, Palace Buildings, Sulphide stj-eet. Wi'iliicsday evening, at 7.30 p.m., t'dv.catnina] class. Altei-.uiU' Sundays at 3 p.m., busi ness meeting. Alternate Sundays, at 3 p.m., Jico nomic class Sunday, at 7.30 p.m., outdoor propa ganda meeting, near Post Office, in Argent-street. Good Library. Also good collection of literature for sal-~. All live rebels welcome. E. J. IC1ELY. Secretary, Local No., 3, l.W.W.
BARKER'S CASE. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
BARKER'S GASE. A conference of representatives o- .Mclliminio Tra-k Unions (whiHi is sr:-v iny; to consider proposals to amalgam ate into 'One Big Union') on Satur day carried a resolution c-nndeii'-u-ig the Government for its arrest of Tom Barker, and wired to New South Wa'os 1'reniier Holmau, and also to Senator 1'iarce, demanding bis immediate re lease. They also congratulate the Eng lish '.vtirkers that are opposing con scription. P. LA IDLER.
San Francisco, Cal. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
San Francisco, Gal. About five months ago the Ameri man Federation of Labor in this city 'book up the case of Ford and Suhr and tried to get the Governor of this State to pardon these two men 'who ara doing a life time sentence for then- loyally to iabor, but tne gover nor has reiused to act up tu the pre sent time, so the workeis got busy and put the woodeii shoe on. The papers have been coming out and tilling us about the Germans setting fire to all the canneries because those places were putting out canned fruit for the Allies. And the governor is now say ing that it is not the Germans br.t that it is the l.W.W. that is doing this because oLFord and Suhr. and that he will not let these men ov.t until the l.W.W. quit. Well, it seems that we have their goat and they don't know what to do. The fire insurance companies of this State are refusing to issue any more fire insurance, so it peems that more than the governor is up in the air about this,' and I think that before long, if the...
The "To Arms" Poster. TOM BARKER BEFORE THE COURT. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
The 'To Arms' Poster. TOM BARKER BEFORE THE COURT. The Central Police Court was crowded on Wednesday last, when Mr. Macfarlane had before him for investigation the charges against Tom Barker, described as the editor of the weekly paper connected with tie t rganisation known as the Indus trial Workers of the World. There were in all. four charges, the chief one, for contravening Regulation 2* of the War Precautions Regulations, 1915, listed up against the accused, i.e., That, on or about the 22nd of July, he printed and circulated a poster bearing the following : TO ARMS!! Capitalists, Parsons, Politicians, Landlords, Newspaper. Editors, And Other Stay-at-home Patriots. YOUR COUNTRY NEEDS YOU IN THE TRENCHES. WORKERS, FOLLOW YOUR MASTERS. (l.W.W. Print.) There we're three other charges (really summons matters}, being al leged breaches of the Printing Act, that of failing to have an imprint. Mr. Young (instructed by Mr. P. K. White) appeared for the de fence, and Mr. Bathgate represen...
Barker Defence Fund. Acknowledgements. [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
Barker Defence Fund. Acknowledgements. G. IV Wilson, 2/- V. Brophy, 2/; \\ McKay,' £1 ; J- Attveed. *:!; W. J. Butler, 7/6 ; A. Cavandeiy 5/ ; &. C. iidiifiLs, o/ ; 1). Annanov, 3/; F. 3. .\!i-r»an, £1; S. Hopkins, £1 ; J. Wos ?lor, 2;-i; J. Fagan, 2/6; A. McKeuzie, i; .. ; .J. Duncan, 2/G; Yauk,-1/;T. Rob erts, *JJd ; G. Robertson, 10/; 11. Trem hath. I./; H. Raster, 10/;. J. -S. Bin; law, 2;(-; Mr. Stemplovsky. 1/; i :v!iiitii, £1; J. Smithers, 2/6. Collected at, U.L.P. Society, 2/3; T. O'Longhlin, 3. . ; T. Moore, 2/6 ;' Mr. JUuckay, 5/; J. II. Sydney, 10/; Shel don (per D. Grant), 2/6; Alex. Wilson, ill ; C. liendfett, 5/ ; per Mrs. SlcNam ara, £1 ; Casuals. ' 1/4; H. Burnham, 2.Ti; J. Basliiu-inion', 10/; G. Goldberg, :V ; H. Finbow, 2/; S. Simpson. 1/; T. Cowoll. 1/; N. Falson, 2/; N. White, 1 : .Mi-Govern, 1/ ; W. Wolfe, 6d. ; G. Gallagher, Gd. ; J. O'Sluinnassy. 1/; W. Taylor, (id. ; T. Dwyor, Gd. ; J. Alcttrog ,„-. 2;u; A. Reiss, ]/; D. Mel'hersou, ,-? : \Y. Matliio...
German Socialism. (Translated from Danish by H. Christopherson.) [Newspaper Article] — Direct Action — 1 October 1915
German Socialism. (Translated from Danish by li. Christopherson.) During the lirst terrible days of August, 1914, when the German soldiers marched into Belgium, the working class of the world asked: Where is the powerful German Soc ial Democracy? And this .question, with the ring of astonishment and terror which k contained, was as justifiable as any thing in this terrible war could be. The German Social Democracy at the time was becoming worldfam ous by its imposing membership and by the high-flown words of its leaders. Were these words, was this power, which was paraded before the in ternational working-class with its army of voters of 4| millions, was it all deceit and fraud? But it could not be otherwise ! Had not these great leaders on the international congresses glorified the might of the dazzling armies of voters? Had they not time after time ridiculed direct action by the working cla^s against, war — be- smirched it by calling it general madness, and promised ihat they. wit...