mun noun; JOURNAL OF REVOLUTIONARY SOCIALIST RECONSTRUCTION SEPTEMBER OCTOBER, 1918 PRICE, 10 CENTS VOL. I, No. 12 Meyer London Socialist Disgrace HE circle of Socialist reaction, of the man Beckerman. But what kind of a blocking a motion to extend the time. worthy of revolutionary Socialism. betrayal of fundamental principles by representatives of Socialism, is completed. Germany produced its Scheidemann, Parvus, Sudekum and Wolfgang Heine; France its Albert Thomas and Marcel Cachin; Austria its Dr. Renner and Victor Adler; England its Hynd man and Henderson; and the United States its Russell, Spargo. Walling and Meyer London.
There are members of the Socialist Party who are fond of the sport of denouncing Spargo, Walling 8! Co. It is a comfortable and safe procedure to kick the dead. But these very same comrades are utterly silent about the infamous altitude of Meyer London, his flouting of the declarations and instructions of the party, his betrayal of fundamental Socialism. Even prior to America strentry into the war, London acted against international Socialis and since, his conduct has been co pletely reactionary and demoraliz.
Socialism should have its own anlE pendent class policy on war and peace; but Meyer London has accepted the policy of the government; American Socialism is compelled, by the declaration it adopted a year ago, to co operate with the minority Socialists of Europe and support the Bolsheviki; yet Meyer London accepts the policy of the majority Socialists and denounces the Bolsheviki.
Eugene Debs publicly declares his adherence to fundamental facts and principles, and is indicted. His courageous action was an inspiration to the party, a rebuke to the wavering. And then Local New York nullifies Debs action by renominating Meyer London for Congress.
The recent state convention of the Socialist Party of New York adopted a resolution calling upon Meyer London to introduce a bill in Congress for the recognition of the Russian Soviet Republic. This Socialist representative in Congress did nothing of the sort; and shortly after appeared in print criticizing the Bolsheviki and coquetting with the counter revolutionary forces.
As if the nomination of Meyer London were not sufficiently demoralizing, Local New York nominates Edward Cassidy and Algernon Lee, both of whom repudiate the accepted attitude of the party on the war.
There is danger ahead, comrades!
There is an active movement in the party to castrate its international Socialist attitude. The openly pro war group, which is small, is exploiting the fears, prejudices and opportunism of die moderates to put over reactionary candidates and policy. Not all who voted to re nominate Meyer London want his policy; many, if not the majority, voted affirmatively on the plea that to repudiate London would mean losing the district the plea made by Aldervictory is it to elect a man to Congress who betrays Socialism and brazenly flouts the party? Rather no representatives in Congress than a man who repudiates the attitude of the party.
When Meyer London speaks in Congress, he speaks not as the representative of the Twelfth Congressional Disw The matter came up at a meeting of the Central Committee, and by a vote of 31 to 28, the Executive Committee was instructed to nominate a candidate odier than Meyer London in the Twelfth Congressional District, The Executive Committee refused to act, and at a special Central Committee meeting, Meyer Socialist Reconstruction in Europe Revolutionary Socialism in Europe is making rapid progress under the impact of the war and the proletarian revolution in Russia. At the Congress of the Socialist Party of Norway, held in March, the left wing secured practical control of the party and revolutionary resolutions were adopted. The moderates introduced resolutions against the dictatorship of the proletariat, against general strikes and revolutionary mass action, against military strikes, left were adopted, as follows: parliament. working elm indiilei unt to Congress. hei working class population.
defense service.
war, and the declaration of war.
strike; and, military service; be it, zations in this matter; and be it further, for its own emancipation.
All these resolutions were defeated. The resolutions of the Socialism cannot recognize tite rrght of the ruling class to exploit the working class even when this exploitation is supported by the consent of the majority in the nations The Norwegian labor party must, therefore, insist upon its right to use mass action or revolutionary measures in its struggle for the industrial liberation of the. s rparty whose ost vita issue is. the class struggle, it cannot be is struggle when it isnbeing conducted by other class organizations. The elore, greets with joy vthe creation of Workmcn and Soldiers Councils in Norway and sees in them an extiression of the self reliance and selfncrivity of the The Congress hereby calls upon the workers of Norway to prepare and organize a strike on a national basis, with the support of labor union action, against military and We demand, furthermore, that a general strike be prepared to prevent.
Whereas, the National Labor Union Congress has refused to support a military Whereas, separate organizations have been formed or those who are liable to Resolved, That there is no possibility of united action between the two main organiResolved, That military strikes are fully compatible with Socialist principles that the working class, therefore, cannot relinquish the right to use this weapon in the struggle trict, but as the representative of the Socialist Party. To have Meyer London represent the Socialist Party is to link the party with the European socialpatriots and betrayers of Socialism, when it should be linked with the intrepid Italian Socialist Party, the French minority Socialists, the Independent Socialist Party of Germany, and the Bolsheviki.
The movement in Local New York to demoralize the party attitude on the war started with the Socialist Aldermen voting for the Liberty Loan. At a general party meeting to discuss this action, Algernon Lee frankly justified the vote on pro war grounds. The action was repudiated, but the work went on, and has culminated in the re nomination of Meyer London for Congress.
The nomination of London met with a storm of protest. At a general party meeting to conclude nominations, the radicals were in the majority, and tried to force a reconsideration. The attempt was balked by the stupidity, or duplicity of the chairman, and by the mean parliamentary tricks of the moderates, who prevented a vote by wasting time and London nomination was confirmed by a vote of 412 to 38.
The New York Call did not print a single word about this opposition. to Meyer London; neither did it state that the Central Committee had repudiated Meyer London, nor by what vote the Committee subsequently confirmed the nomination.
The most discouraging feature of the whole affair is not the votes cast for Meyer London by those who agree with him, but the votes cast for him by comrades who disagree with his policy.
These latter votes were cast because of opportunism and motives of expedi ency. And opportunism and expediency are the worst foes of revolutionary Socialism. Socialist party is a social revolutionary party, and not a party for the acquisition of ofiice; it is an instrument of the proletarian revolution, and not an instrument of petty bourgeois politics. To nominate a man for oflice simply because he may be elected, and in spite of his misrepresenting our Socialist principles, is a petty act of petty bourgeois politicians, and not a gesture Socialist party that does not at all times adhere to fundamental principles is a party that builds upon sand; it is, moreover, a party that, when the test comes, will act precisely as did the opportunistic, petty bourgeois Social Democratic Party of Germany.
The Socialist Party of the United States is now being put to the test, and the test must be met in spite of the policy of evasion adoped by by the opportunists. It is the test of principles and the test of the class struggle. We have hopes that the party will on the whole meet this test adequately, in spite of all and everything.
Shall our party he a party of Leibknecht, Lazzari, Lenin and Trotzky, or shall it be a party of Scheidemann, Thomas, Hyndman and Meyer London?
This is the great issue in our party, in every party affiliated with the Socialist International. Comrades, upon you rests the responsibility. Repudiate Meyer London! Repudiate the policy of confusion and compromise!
Blood that Doesn Count HE New York Call is doing an excellent piece of work by re printing what Roosevelt, Taft, Nicholas Murray Butler, the intellectual and newspaper hirelings of reaction generally, said about the Kaiser in the years preceding the great war. The praise and adula tion they lavished upon the imperial murderer makes intercstingiand significant reading today. The Call quotes an editorial in the New York Times of June 8, 1913, celebrating the Kaiser twenty fifth anniversary of his reign, which burns verbal incense at the shrine of the Chief of the Huns. One sentence in this editorial is particularly instructive: Since he (Kaiser Wilhelm) has ruled Germany he has not shed a drop of blood. Indeed? The Kaiser shed the blood of workers in strikes and demonstrations; his military hireling murdered scientifically and ruthlessly, 90, 000 out of 100, 000 of the Herreros in German Africa; more persons were murdered in minor colonial wars. Is this blood which doesn count? But that is the psychology of capitalism.
France was at peace for forty years, and yet France shed the blood of thousands of persons in colonial wars; the same is true of England and the United States. Mexico, the Philippines and Central America the blood shed there also doesn count. And that is the hell of it. nation may be shedding blood copiously, but if it is the blood of strikers, if it is the blood of natives shed in colonial wars the nation, is at peace. It is dirty and disgusting; and the tragic part of it all is that this attitude prevails among conservative labor organizations. But history is relentless; and out of the colonial wars developed this great war.