Using the I. W. W. Against The Left Wing.” The New York Communist, May 24, 1919, p 8.

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The Socialist for May 13th reprints an article from the I. W. W. paper, One Big Union, attacking an article in The Revolutionary Age in particular, and the principles of the Left Wing in general.

This is precisely the same tactic employed by the New York World to discredit the Russian Soviet Government by means of the dispatches of Bob Minor, the anarchist.

The Right Wing has no more sympathy with the I. W. W. than The World has with Anarchism, or with Bob Minor in particular, who was forced to leave The World because of his radical opinions.

We shall not at this time take the opportunity to answer the article itself, but from a careful reading of it we are driven to wonder whether, after all, there may not be a difference between I. W. Wism and Socialism more profound than we dreamed of—for after all, we did not imagine that in fundamentals we of the Left Wing were so very far away from the revolutionary I. W. W.

Says the article in one place (italics ours):

Besides, why should we be in such a hurry to imitate the Bolsheviks? What have they done that should make us jump off our track and follow their lead? They have overthrown autocracy and established political democracy for the proletariat. Political democracy has existed in this country for a long time._ We do not have to make a revolution to get it. If we want the political power, control of the parliamentary state, all we have to do is to vote ourselves into power.”

Is this really the I. W. W. conception of the Russian Soviet Government, of the Proletarian Dictatorship? Is this really the I. W. W. conception of political action?

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