Rosa Luxemburg

C0 MUNIST Vol. I, No. New York, Saturday, June 14, 1919 Price cents Scuttling the Ship OMRADFSza There is hardly a Party member who does not know that the trend within the Party for the last several months has been toward revolutionary and uncompromising 50cial ism. We have all been taught a great lesson by the Scheidcmanns and Knutskys of Germany, the Hendersons of England and Socialist patiots the world over. We know that that brand of Socialism. the kind that always trades and compromises with the capitalist classes, and the supporters of which, in limos of war and revolution, do not hesitate to go hand by hand with their imperialistic governments and revenge themselves upon comrades of such sterling character as Liebkneoht. Rosa Luxemburg and others, we know that Socialists believing in this kind of Socialism. are not to be trusted with our Party management.
And so for many months a struggle has been goA ing on in our Party in this country between the revolutionary element and the opportunists who control the Party machinery. The members of the Party, having learned that Scheidemann Socialism means defeat instead of victory for the working class, have taken a radical and revolutionary attitude in line with the new International. This radical stand on the part of the Party members has been named the Left Wing within the Party. The Socialists in most large industrial centres have joined the left ing. Boston. Cleveland. Buffalo, San Francisco, Oakland. Portland. Philadelphia, Detroit, Seattle and scores of other Locals and even State organizmions of our Party have oficially adopted the Left Wing program.
The Russian. Lithuanian, Ukrainean. Polish Hungarian. South Slavic and Lettish language federations of the Socialist Party. containing over 30. 000 members. also uphold this left Wing position.
These federations and the comrades in them, knowing the situation in Europe. have for a long time requested the Socialist Party in this country to take a definite stand upon the side of the lLriin and Liebknecht Socialists of Europe.
It was because these seven language federations of the Party criticized the national executive committee for its straddling of this important question.
that seven members of this committee suspended these federations at its meeting, May 24 to 30th.
If this matter were not so serious it would indeed be laughable. We submit to you, comrade.
that it is rather funny for a little group of seven desperate men to suspend over thirty thousand members from the Socialist Party. Such an act has never been perpertrated upon the Socialist Party before. Never in the history of the Party has a set of officials acted in such a high handed and autocratic manner. Let it be indellibly impruscd upon your brain, comrade seven men suspended over thirty thousand members from the Party and seven is only a minority of the National Executive Commince.
This is not the worst of it. Hare is what this autocratic group of mu: National Committeemm did: They suspende! seven language fed (nations, containing over 30, 00 members, from the Socialist Party. They refused these federations a trial. They refused to give these feds lions a chance to prepare their case. They refused to postpone the susion until the Executive Committees of the federations could set in the matter. The autocratic National Executive Committeemen ev went so far as to fail to give any of the fedaatiom a copy of the charges while the debate on the main to suspend was being acted upon. They also expelled the Socialidl arty of Michigan, containing about 6, m0 member! without a trial. This group of seven suspended the mtire election of the oficiala of the Social.
in Party under the clumsy excuse that the votes cannot be tabulated because some branches and locals voted as a unit and for candidates not the choice of the reaction Ary group of seven.
In abort, this group of mm National Cemlnitteeman. drunk with powln they assumed, feeling aggrieved because these federation dared to criticise the National Executive Committee, made themselves guilty of an act which will discredit them forever in the International Socialist movement.
We say that even if we were guilty of acts not in conformity with the constitution. and this we deny but even if we were guilty of such acts, we had a right to a fair trial wI Jh notice that charges were to be placed against us. No Party members will say that we have not the right to a fair trial and the right to time to prepare our case. Every capitalist court gives this right, but it was denied us in the Socialist Party.
The charges against us, which we have been al lowed to see, since we have been convicted and suspended. contain nUmerous counts so misleading and far fetched that it is useless to reply to them.
Call for a National Conference of the Left Wing Cull for 1: internal Cun crcnce o the Left ring of the American Soft alt. Pony, issued by local Barton. Luau Fauna, Secretary. Local Cleveland. Ruthenbug, Secretary. and the Le. fling Section the Saciulul Pony of New York City, Maximilian Cobra, Secretary. The international situation and the crisis in the American Socialist Party; the sabotage the party bureaucracy has practised on the emergency national convention; the aligning our party with the social patriots at Bertie, with the Cong cu of the Great Betrayal; the necessity of reconstructing our policy in accord with revolutionarv cvenu, nll this.
and more makes it necusuy that the revolutionary forces in the Socialist Party get together for counsel and lclion.
This call is therefore iuued. for the holding of National Conference of the Left Wing of the Amulun Socialist Party, to discuss: Tbs crisis in the puny. and lotion thereon; the mnquat of the party for the party. for revolutionary Socialism. The New International; ways and means to prevent the party aligning itself with the International of the social patriots, of the Ebert Scheidemann gangsters. and the wavering centre; sfiiliatiun with the Bolshnik Spanaun Communist International alone. The formulation of a declaration of principles and purposes of a national rccpe of the Left Wing of the American Socialist Party. Forming some sort of a national council or bureau of the left Wing for propaganda. securing of information and spreading information. To express and draw together the revolutionary forces in the party; to consider other means of furthering the cause of revolutionary Socialism.
This call is issued to locals of the Socialin Party.
branch» and left Wing groups within the party.
The test of admission, provisionally. will be twee of the Manifesto of the lzft Wing of cialiat Party of Greater New York.
Left Wing locals are invited to send delegates officially. Why: a local officially refuses to participate. branches or minority groups in the party accc ting the principles of the Left Wing should send antes.
Representation one delegate for every 500 members No local or mop should send more than four delegates. Local or minority groups with In than. 500 numbers are entitled to one delegate.
The conference will be held starting Sunday.
June 21. in New York City Each delegate will be taxed SZSfor oeutral fudwtdwhinhwillbe paid the upeuaes of all delegates.
belt Vin; Local: and Branches. Id! Send cam undations to Manim liai Cohen. 83 29th Sg New York City. lnthemainwearcehargedvrithbainglnftWing Socialists and with making propaganda in the Party for Left Wing Socialism We are further charged with trying to capture the Socialist.
To this we unswer that we did do all we con legitimately do to lace the administration of our Party into the ban of real comrades who are in full harmony with revolutionary Socialism And Other Branches Please Copy At its (also muting, Jun the uh Brunch Kings. after listening to Shiplneol and Cools. unanimously voted to resist ousnintion old all upon other bunches of Load King. to do likewise.
we only wish we had succeeded in this long befon now, for the acts of the seven autocrm on the National Executive Committee must prove to my comrade that a change in Party administration, its program and tactics, is very much needed. The counts in the charges claiming we violated the Party constitution do not apply at all, and the autocratic seven stretch the constitution in an dim to make it apply to a one they wanted to hump up against In.
We claim that the true reason for our mperuion is that the autocratic seven of the National Emin ve Committee lrnow that if we, the Revolutionary Sacialistr, were permitted to remain in the party.
the opportunistic clique would no! control the corning National Convention, and that our suspension was voted 10 that moderate, re orm, traitor Sand ism would prevail in that Convention. In fad, several of the autocratic seven openly stated that we were suspended so that we would not be able to control the coming National Conveun on.
And HDMM do you thinlr of Ihi: comrades?
We were suspended by this autocratic sever; but they were not satisfied with that they fired u: out a the National Heudqmlrlers, and we had to look around for other quarters. We had In idel dint suspension was only a temporary state and that we might some day be reinstated either by the membership or the National Convention. ln such GI we might have been allowed to remain in the ND tional Headquarters building to carry on our wort until the membership or the National Conventim gave its decision upon the acts of the reactionary men. But no. we were fired out of the building by a motion passed by this group of and a motion to give us to July lat to find other qua tun was lost.
We call upon all Party incubus to give this protest of ours the attention it deserves. We call Irpm you to rebuke these seven National Executive Cornv mince members for their traitorous actions against the Socialist movement We have vu: our unstinted financial support to the Somalia Party in all matters. even though we thought that in many instances the funds were squandered or misapplied. We have not helped as much as we could in purchasing the National Headquartul building because we wanted first to make sure who the ownership rested. That we wee right in being slow to support the headquarters fund is now proven by the fact that this same anaemic placed the entire property in the hand: of a board of director: which can in no way be controlled.
either by the Party mbenhip or the Naional Executive Committee.
We feel assured that no member of the Party will contend that seven members of the Party have a right to suspend over thirty thousand and nearly six thou tend, even if those lava: are tional Executive Commitments.
Think of this, comrade! Do we elect our cials to serve us, to build up the Party, or do we elect them to disrupt us and split our forum?
We will gladly give furtha information, diould you desire to so clear upon the points nvolvul in this controversy. But the main question will remain this: Shall seven derpemte puny oficurla penniuedwsuapendovert Mouser dado. pel six thowand member: 10 gin than a trial or a chance to pre heir ride 02 on.
so that the party rslu my be fully or med?
The automatic sevm upon the National Expantive Committee noted in a more tyrannical mm than nyoieilllofoilrpmybnsdsredmntap to now.
Protest. against this scam Rebuke lbs sawcmu seven. Lei nube our Party, I, Put Revolutionary Socialism.
Frmslly submitted.
Joseph Sultan, for the Lithuannn Fad 16m; Alexander Slokliulry. for the Russian Fodnrm. Leo Fruild. for the Hungarian Federation; Paula.
laden. for the Ukrainean Federation; Goo. Salish vich, for the So. Slavic Federation 0m: Purin, it!
the but. Federation; lu. Kmlah. for the Polish Federation.
Chicago. 0 1911