The New York Communist 3 M Strike Against the Bosses!
The Right. Wing is continually preting about Democracy. Let us examine the recent actions of the Party oficialdom in the light of its own professed principles.
Suppose a group of Comrades in the Socialist Party decided to draw up a Manifesto and Program endorsing the Non Partisan League. and demanded a referendum upon it.
Suppose. he New York State Executive Committee decided that these Comrada were violating the conSIitution of the Socialist Party in ofl ering this Manifesto and Program; and this Committee decided to revoke the charters of all Locals which had pfrmitted Branches in their territory to endorse the anifesto, and also to expel any member aligning himself with the group responsible for the document.
Suppose the Committee then decided to submit its action to a referendum of the ENTIRE MEMBERSHIP. You would then vote as you believed, for the best interests of the Party; and when the restill had been announced you would agree, whatever your opinion on the question, that it had been treated honestly.
0r suppose one or two Locals had endorsed this Manifesto, and. feeling that they would like to interest the entire membership, had mailet copies of it all over the country, and aroused enough sentiment to have the queslion discussed at a Party Convention. Would you not agree that the proper thing for Party members to do would be to elect and instruct lheir delegates to this Convention?
Would you not feel that high handed methods had been used if the Part ofllcialstxpelled some Comradcs before they had a chance to send their dele gates to the Convention?
The world has been through five years of the most terrible bloodshed. The International Socialist movement in all parts of the world has been effected by the war. In some countries the Socialist parties went over completely to the imperialistic groups, leaders betrayed the masses; in other countries revolulions tool; place, leaders stood true to the principles of revolutionary Socialism.
Finally the war came to an end.
We in America, as a part of the International mo cment, also decided that our Party had been effected by the war; that certain leaders Ind 05cials had not stood the test in accordance with our principles. EVERYONE agreed that a change in policies and tactics was necasary.
with a membership of more than 30, 000 and th m, says The Tribune. is part of plan for Americanination. The Right Wing, says The Tribune, with the same tone of authority, charges that the left Wingers really believe in violence, but do not have the courage to come out and say so in the open.
In the New York Times of Saturday last there is another story headed, Socialists Here Aim to Purge Party, which contains an interesting little interview with Alderman Lee, and another with In unnamed prominent Socialist leader. Alderman Lee gravely informs the bourgeois journalists that the questions involved are not questions of Socialist principle. but questions of whether the party organization shall be maintained Ilong democratic lines, with the majority ruling and the minority abiding by the maiority rule. The Alderman is evidently afraid that it will be.
As for the anonymous leader. he intimates thIt the Left Wing is indulging in loose talk about things they do not understand. He ends Is follows: But in my opinion no one who mounts to anything in our Party councils is in. favor of direct Iction. involving the immediate seizure and nationalization of include! Ind other forcible measures of a revolutionary chIrIcter.
The latest example is an interview with Julius Gerber in. The Tribune of Tuesday, June 3d, in which he says that the left Wing can join the SIIvstion Army. He continues, in truly provocative vein, We don want them in our Pmy. Al for Is we are concerned, they are out of the PIrty.
and they will stay out. The Left Winger Ire now culling Martens, the Bolshevik representative here, counter molutionist. because he refuses to ally himself with them. which shows that they Ire not BOIeheviki but simply troublemakers.
The repeated hints that the Left Wing is outside the luv, given by Ice and Gerber to the capitalist press; the exploitation of Comrade Mart ans. in the columns of The Tribune, against the Left Wing are on par with the employment of the police by these Rig Wingers against Socialist Party members. Scbeideinann tactics, pure Ind sin: lo.
And the capitalist press, which only few weeks ago was calling these same Right Winger: German spies and Bolsheviki. is now praising them warmly, and condmnnin the lAt Wing.
Socialists Ire known y the comp fly they keep.
By Carl Brodsky group of Comrades issued a Manifmto Ind Program. endorsing the Russian Bolsheviki. the German Spartauans, and other left Wing elements the International movement, and furthermore stating that in their opinion the tactics of these elements showed the way for the final emancipation of the proletariat of all countries. They unequivocally repudiated the other elements of the lntcmational Socialist movement, and demanded that the American Socialist Party adopt the policies and tactics of the revolutionary European groups.
After a few weeks of agitation within the Party they succeeded in interesting a few hundred Comrades in their Manifesto; and these Comrades. be»
lieving it for the best interests of the Party that the entire membership all over the country should be informed of their beliefs. decided to organize in order to co ordinate the work and systematioe the propaganda, and to that end elected committees and a corresponding secretary.
The New York State Committee decided to re.
voke the charter of any Local endorsing this Manifesto and Program. or permitting its Branches and member: to c:dorse it. The Committee, on its own responsibility, decided that this Manifesto s annrchistic. The Committee decided to submit the question to a referendum of the entire membership but before the ballots were distributed hundreds of Comrades were deprived of their membership whole Locals being expelled bodily from the Party and denied any redress. These are the facts. Has the State Committee acted according to democratic principles?
For the sake of argument. let us suppose that the Left Wing Manifesto in the words of a Right Winger is reactionary, anarchistic and topian.
Don you think that with a free. open discussion and a FAIR VOTE, you are capable of deciding the question?
Do you want your thinking done for you by the Party oflicials? Don you want to vote for delegates to the Emergency National Convention?
Wouldn you feel it your right to be able to discuss this matter in your Branch? And wouldn you brand as )WARDLY any suppression of opins ion in the Party by the Party oliiciala?
ThisisallthatthelzftWingbudflnInbd.
And the answer of the Party oficials is: BEFORE the ballots on the referendum ling left Wing Branches had been distributed. unilreth of Comrades were expelled or refused helOu. For the moment the issue has shifted from sins ple question of opposing principles, to the question of Party control and bossiam. Whaher yon Igree with4he left Wing Manifesto or not1 you will antainly resent these wholesale expulsions, the Rom Dictatorship of the Party. It is up to YOU, COM RADES, to make clear to the Party bosses Ind afficials that no such action will he talented. All Comrades should vote on this question, and lbould cast their ballots for delegate to the NItiorial Emergency Convention. at which the left Wing Manifesto will be discussed Ind the question Idlled one way or another but not before the rd and file has been heard.
COMRADESI scab is the most contemptible creature on an Consciously or unconsciously.
he is used against the workers who In trying to better his lot.
Forty thousand Comrades have bun locked out of the Socialist Party, because they championed the revolutionary working class. The National Executive Committm has expelled the Michigan State organization. the Russian Federations. and many Eng lish Branches. All Comrades who support the Intion of the Party officialdom Ire SCABBING ON THE RANK AND FILE.
Demand from your Branch resolutions condemning this action. Don scab on us. Demand that the vote on all referendums and delegates be made public! Demand reinstatement of all expelled Party members at once, or go out on strike again the Party oficialdom until this action is rescindedl If you do not stand with us now, you pave the way for your own expulsion at some future um when you differ with the Party leIdm.
You are either for a Party under the dictatorship of the rank and file, or Party under the.
ship of the Party bossa.
WHERE DO YOU STAND?
The Party and the Berne Conference By Endmonn MIcAlpine the last isSue of The Soahliu Comrade James Oneal contributes an article under the above heading. in which he attempts to justify the s actions with regard to the Berne Couferencc. In the course of his defense he cites conversation with me in The Call office some few days before he sailed. was at that time Associate Editor of The Revolutionary Age, which had continuously attacked the C! attitude and actions from the moment that body appointed three men to attend the Lausanne Conference (Is it was then called. As far as am aware the has never publicly repudiated its initial action, Ind it is common knowledge that Lee made vigorous efforts to obtain a passport, and that only the action of the American Government prevented the Party being represented at Berne. In The Revolutionary Age it was suggested that at least the PIrty could and delegétes for inlay motion, in the same way that the Italian Socialist Party sent representatives to the lnterallied Socialist Conference in London during the war; as At that time we had no information about the Conference whatever, except that it was officially called by group which had bdrnyed Socialism.
The statement Comrade Oneal is the first intimation we have ad that the National Executive Committee voted to repudiate any international in which the Bolsheviki Ind Sperucides were not included; and as for u we cIn ascertain it is the first time the Party umber ship has heard of any such decision.
With regard to Comrade Onesl visit to Europe, he. entirely mistaken about our conversation. did express my belief in Comrade Oneal personal integrity, Ind mted lhIt considered that he pasonIlly would be a satisfactory delegate if he were roperly elected. further stated that believed lie wound probably be elected on referendum.
but that was morIlly certain that Lee would not stand the ghost of a chance; and that the only delegates the membership would choose would be instructed to have nothing to do with the Berne Gang of Social traitors. In addition told him that no matter what his instructions were. the rank and file of the Party would believe he was going to the Second International, and that the bad absolute no right to send delegate to Europe without the sanction of the ip.
If Comrade Oneal left statement with RIM MacDonald, why does not the Party mbmhip know what is in that statement? Even now we are in ignorance of what position the Party bu heal committed to with regard to the European mm merit. The Call and the National Ofioe both hm the channels of publicity at their command. Oomrsde Oneal is one of The CIU editorial writs; yet The Call has never repudiated Berne so in Is we are aware. Comrade Onesl Itorim Ibonhbn European trip are merely the stories may ruched newspaper correspondent would write; they gin no hint of his oflicial mission. No oficul put has been received from Comrade Ones. atbm through the reuse or through the regulIr brad meetings of the Party.
Even after Comrade Oneal. Irtiele in The 0cialist, wearertill inthednrk. Aafu utbennk and file is aware the National Executive CommithI has not repudiated its first action, which to weept Huysmanns invitItion Ind illegally apron: delegau: to the Berne Confauxoe; nor have private information on the subject. A: the tune spoke to Comrade Oneal the Bane Conform thing of the past. and neither he nor anyone else could attend its meetings. It is quite true one could have gone to Holland, but It the! tune the Second International wIs thoroughly discredited.
The whole question of which nu unions the Party should joligehiazf todhtbel. vmt u some months. mg I: up elm tinuous criticism of the National Emotive Committee Ittitude on this runner, Ind maul Ihb last naturism which Itates nothing hubeenknown ufitsdeciaionhdo. wblt hl 1an Wing agitated for. The Nubia hm SecretoryrzpliedtoIn IrficlelwrotomfkelicvoIufionuy Age unified, We must have NItionll Emergency Conv ention. His reply VII? pained there some two month ago, and up nothing show any recalution repudiating the Sword International.
11 Comrade One is correctly informed Ibotl the nction, why wIs it neeessuy for the Central Branch of Local Boston to initiate Refundum which read! Is follow: That the Socialist Party shall punicifule only in an Ink? nuliml Congress or Con erenoe or in which participate the Communist Party a Run. Bohbeuiki) and the Communist Labor cry of Coronary (5m)