Industrial Worker newspaper

Partial archive of articles from the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World.

Submitted by Juan Conatz on March 1, 2014

Originally the voice of the IWW in the Pacific Northwest during the 1910s and 1920s, the Industrial Worker eventually became the main official English-language publication of the union, which it continues to be today.

For paper subscription info, please visit iww.org

For a partial PDF archive of issues, check here

Juan Conatz

6 years ago

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The numbering system is very confusing and makes little sense to me.

The September 4, 1913 issue is "Volume 5, Number 21".

February 17, 1917 is "Volume 1, Number 45".

October 1, 1927 is "Volume 4, Number 39 (Whole No. 563)"

It seems to follow this numbering system until sometime between 1934-1936 when I think it restarts.

Then it changes sometime between 1940-1970 and its the format we have today.

I may have to just give up trying to figure this out and stick to organizing these strictly by dates instead.

Steven.

6 years ago

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Ha ha yeah that seems a bit ridiculous! I guess they must restarted it on multiple occasions, maybe when it moved cities/editorial teams? I guess doing it by date is simpler, so I would stick with that, but just have the volume/issue number somewhere in the text or intro

Juan Conatz

6 years ago

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Yeah that's probably what I'm going to do. Maybe add a note about numbering problems.

Juan Conatz

6 years ago

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Part of my confusion also is that I apparently can't read Roman numerals! Embarrassing, considering I'm an avid (American) football fan...

Steven.

6 years ago

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Ha ha oh dear hopefully sorted now? BTW is there anyone who could help you with this? We could try to do a call out on FB, or maybe the IWW could do one as well?

Juan Conatz

6 years ago

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Really the only help I need is getting access to the materials. The IWW started putting PDFs of current Industrial Worker issues online in 2005. Marxist Internet Archive put up PDFs of the paper until 1913. So 1914-2005 is only out there in hard copies, microfilm and bound reprints. Quite a few institutions such as historical societies and universities have microfilm going up until the 1940s at least. Very few universities have the bound reprints, I haven't come across them at all actually and have only heard second hand that they exist. Probably the most difficult period to track down is 1950s-1990s, which seem only to exist as scattered hard copies in institutions and people's homes.

Juan Conatz

5 years 3 months ago

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Finally finished uploading 57 issues from 1917-1940.

syndicalist

5 years 3 months ago

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Good stuff. Appreciating all the post WWI materials.

1917

Submitted by Juan Conatz on July 28, 2016

February

Submitted by Juan Conatz on July 28, 2016

Industrial Worker (February 17, 1917)

Articles from the February 17, 1917 (Vol. 1, No. 45, Whole No. 45) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on July 28, 2016

Contents include:

-Ten barrels, who drank it all by C.E. Payne

-Fighters trials for Seattle by Charles Ashleigh

-Workers build it all, bosses own it all!

-Editorials

-Two constructions workers! Two roads!

-Notes, news and comments on industrial struggle

-Great progress in Spokane district

-Uncle Sam is some exploitor

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Industrial Worker (February 24, 1917)

Articles from the February 14, 1917 (Vol. 1, No. 46, Whole No. 46) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on July 28, 2016

Contents include:

-Stool pigeons last resort

-Prisoners fight war hysteria

-Everett prison conditions and industrial news by C.E. Payne

-Editorials: Is industrial unionism a crime; I.W.W. and war; The war makers; A sidelight on capitalistic morality; Too much gold?

-Everett news

-San Pedro waterfront

-Atlantic M.T.W. make own menu

-News, notes and comments on class war

-Hill memorial at Los Angeles

-Progress M.T.W. on two coasts and lakes

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March

Submitted by Juan Conatz on July 28, 2016

Industrial Worker (March 3, 1917)

Articles from the March 3, 1917 (Vol. 1, No. 47, Whole No. 47) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on July 29, 2016

Contents include:

-A fight, not alone for liberty of seventy-four, but freedom of workingclass

-Intense, bitter, cruel by W.D. Haywood

-Guarantee of defense by Forrest Edwards

-Gunmen attack pickets, kill and injure

-Harry Feinberg

-Prisoners write Everett jail conditions and activities

-Adolph Ersson

-A monstrous farce tragedy by Attorney Fred H. Moore

-Story of unequaled barbarity and lawlessness! by C.E. Payne

-Strange acts cause for alarm by Morris Levine

-A message by W.D. Haywood

-Editorials: "Constructive murder" of justice; Something wrong!; International class solidarity

-"Can't read that stuff on the streets of Everett"

-Life of following migratory work

-Life meant struggle and revolt to Jack London

-Everett struggle is part of human evolution to freedom by C.E. Payne

-The battle of Everett by John E. Nordquist

-Moulding sentiment against prisoners by Charles Ashleigh

-Are you worth fighting for? by Charles Ashleigh

-Is there a class struggle?

-A segment, a miniature of what labor is enduring everywhere, all the time by Elizabeth Gurley Flynn

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April

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Industrial Worker (April 7, 1917)

The April 7, 1917 (Vol. 1, No. 52, Whole No. 52) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on August 22, 2016

CONTENTS INCLUDE:

-The defense begins presentation of case by Charles Ashleigh & W.C. Smith

-Editorials: A record of continual growth; The real perspective; Quit lying, that's all!; A little premature; Anti-war propaganda used in trial

-Defense begins giving evidence

-Warning to American workers

-How to abolish war

-Organization opportunities Kansas oil fields

-News, notes and comments on class war

-Mooney protest meeting

-Big conference of M.T.W. Great Lakes

-Why leave California?

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Industrial Worker (April 14, 1917)

Articles from the April 14, 1917 (Vol. 2, No. 1, Whole No. 53) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on July 29, 2016

Contents include:

-Everett barbarity revealed in evidence by Charles Ashleigh

-Editorials: Industrial vs craft unions; Anti-capitalistic, anti-militarism; Does he want to educated employees; Don't wake em up

-Gurley Flynn's visit to California

-And these say the I.W.W. is immoral by C.E. Payne

-News, notes and comments on class war

-M.T.W. convention

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Industrial Worker (April 21, 1917)

The April 21, 1917 (Vol. 2, No. 2, Whole No. 54) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on August 21, 2016

Contents include:

-Story of savagery graphically developed by Charles Ashleigh

-Editorials: The real murderers are exposed; Not blaming the I.W.W.; A market factor

-First organized, now strike

-Everett business wants more loot by C.E. Payne

-News, notes and comments on class war

-All lumber-workers should organize

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May

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 9, 2016

Industrial Worker (May 1, 1917)

The May 1, 1917 (Vol. 2, No. 3, Whole No. 55) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 9, 2016

Contents include:

-Conspiracy bubble punctured by Charles Ashleigh

-Everett thuggery and working class heroism

-The dreamers part in human history

-Message and mission of the proletariat by Wm. Thurston Brown

-Bosses murder conspiracy torn wide open

-Wait! When corpse sways steel trust

-Editorials: May Day, our labor day; Not for Red Cross to double cross

-Seattle's May Day

-Funds needed for defense

-The "International" as sung on other May Days in other lands by Charles Ashleigh

-A radical mystic by Justus Ebert

-Want not change of masters, change of industrial system by C.E. Payne

-M.T.W. situation

-Capitalists hell-brew is generating social revolution

-Comments on progress of industrial battle

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Industrial Worker (May 8, 1917)

The May 8, 1917 (Vol. 2, No. 4, Whole No. 56) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 9, 2016

Contents include:

-I.W.W. trial nearing end by C.E. Payne

-Editorials: Internationalism, real, vital, unquenchable; Should not kick; Not beggars

-Wonderful progress everywhere

-An opportunity to go to jail

-Internationalists meet

-Big I.W.W. dance at Everett

-Conditions which caused revolt on drives

-News, notes and comments on class war

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1927

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 9, 2016

September

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Industrial Worker (September 24, 1927)

The September 24, 1927 (Vol. IX, No. 38, Whole No. 562) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 9, 2016

Contents include:

-Europe resents U.S. bigotry by Heber Blankenhorn

-Canada needs harvest army

-Buffalo workers prepare for big membership drive

-Colorado miners call for test of strength Oct. 8

-New field for 310 delegates opened at Bend

-Lumber workers ask wage raise, propose changes

-The new red hunt in America

-History of American labor movement

-Shall we judge prosperity by wealth of few by George Speed

-Why Lumber Workers should demand more wages

-Duluth is scene of active meetings on industrial unionism

-Strikebreaker threat fails to phase teamsters

-Fletcher holds rousing meetings in New York City

-Why men strike is discussed on new worker book

-Delegates needed in logging camps of Mont. district

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October

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 9, 2016

Industrial Worker (October 1, 1927)

The October 1, 1927 (Vol. IX, No. 39, Whole No. 563) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 9, 2016

Contents include:

-Colorado miners granted wage increase; will confer

-Deportation of all naturalized citizens urged by war veterans

-Fourteen miners held at Cheswick after police raid

-Pullman company makes big profit off porter's tips

-I.W.W. strikes of past show need of watching A.F. of L.

-Editorial: Industrial union and the coal mine workers; Help the Colorado miners win

-Thompson tells need of strikes

-Big crowds hear Buffalo talkers

-How job sharks extort fees from helpless workers

-Phil Engle dies after injury in street accident

-J.P. Thompson tells why I.W.W. is revolutionary

-Italian Wobs to have new office

-Radicalism not confined to any particular class

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Industrial Worker (October 8, 1927)

The October 8, 1927 (Vol. IX, No. 40, Whole No. 564) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 9, 2016

Contents include:

-Governor refuses troops in coming Colorado mine strike

-Serious problems face convention of farm workers

-Farm machiner displaces hands by fifty percent

-Playing the fame of production

-Reason revealed why lumberjacks should organize

-Alaska salmon canneries

-Left wing labor urged to support Colorado strike

-Oakland, Calif., past, present and prophetic

-The Communist Party gone blooey!

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Industrial Worker (October 15, 1927)

The October 15, 1927 (Vol. IX, No. 41, Whole No. 565) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 10, 2016

Contents include:

-Miners plan strike series; superintendent is acquitted

-I.W.W. members appear in case as prosecutors before the bar

-Discrimination to be met with repeated strikes in Colorado area

-Wages and hours are low and long in steel industry

-Playing the game of production

-Portland announces program of lectures

-Seattle labor to hold annual Debs memorial

-Woman discovers right to labor denied 'elderly'

-Physical test used as means to black list

-Thompson tells how proletariat is hope of world

-Chinese seamen pledge support, I.W.W. sympathy

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Industrial Worker (October 22, 1927)

The October 22, 1927 (Vol. IX, No. 42, Whole No. 566) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 10, 2016

Contents include:

-Walsenburg hall raided!

-A.W.I.U. 110 reports good showing among farm workers

-San Francisco to hold meeting for Colorado strikers

-Labor's "bloodstained trail"

-Three columns of poetry

-Federationists chase 'reds' but patronize scabs

-Militant labor of Japan thumbs nose at company

-Ellis lectures on evolution to Portland crowd

-I.W.W. lines up Colorado beet, potatoe workers

-Longshoremen strike in N.Y.

-Montana pole gang strikes

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Industrial Worker (October 29, 1927)

The October 29, 1927 (Vol. IX, No. 43, Whole No. 567) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 10, 2016

Contents include:

-8,000 miners strike as C.F.I. gunmen start reign of terror

-Colorado mines completely tied up as I.W.W. and sympathizers out

-"We're with you", women pickets shout in Colo.

-Mass meeting held in rain in Seattle, Los Angeles woman gives her all for strikers

-Sacco and Vanzetti: is the case closed?

-Shall we call it propaganda or education?

-Advantages of the six hour day

-Job news

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November

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 10, 2016

Industrial Worker (November 5, 1927)

The November 5, 1927 (Vol. IX, No. 44, Whole No. 568) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 10, 2016

Contents include:

-Conference called!

-Miners clamor for membership cards in I.W.W.

-Masters growing desperate in Colorado

-Latest developments in Colorado miners strike

-Agricultural workers convention

-Rousing talks in San Francisco for coal miners

-Behind American flag, girls march against mine guards in Colorado

-Mooney reported refusing parole in pardon demand

-Australians boycott U.S. goods in Sacco and Venzetti protest

-Picture story of the Colorado miner's strike

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1930

Submitted by Juan Conatz on June 7, 2016

May

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 10, 2016

Industrial Worker (May 24, 1930)

The May 24, 1930 (Vol. XII, No. 21, Whole No. 701) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 10, 2016

Contents include:

-Eastern miners welcome I.W.W.

-Sikh warriors join revolt Mahatma Gandhi

-Mother Jones and John D. Jr bury hatchet

-Lumber work continues slack

-Ohio shows the way!

-Miners turn to the I.W.W. for real unionism

-Tom Mooney exposes Sutherland

-Communist speakers are convicted

-Craft strike loses against united bosses

-One Big Union of Capital

-The immigrant woman and her job in America

-Bootlegging jobs

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Industrial Worker (May 31, 1930)

The May 31, 1930 (Vol. XII, No. 22, Whole No. 702) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 10, 2016

Contents include:

-Politicians broadcast lies

-Organ of the Communist fakers repeats its stock of slanders

-M.T.W. delegates wanted in New York

-Young scion of capitalism to help in Russia

-Editorial: Emotionalism vs. power

-Unemployment census figures may be phoney

-Interviewing T-Bone Slim

-Chicago will celebrate 25th anniversary

-Cities of India flame in revolt

-Supreme Court rules against company unions

-The I.W.W. in Colorado

-Centralia case again before parole board

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June

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 15, 2016

Industrial Worker (June 7, 1930)

The June 7, 1930 (Vol. XII, No. 23, Whole No. 703) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 15, 2016

Contents include:

-Discontent seethes on harbor

-Wage cuts may force shingle weavers strike by C.E. Payne

-Big Snake cuts wages again to $4.75 per day

-Court reverses C.S. conviction in Ohio cases

-Why men are out of work

-Germany puts up tariff wall on Russian grain

-Baxter's Buckshots

-Editorial: Discontent

-Young awaits court report in Mooney case

-"Safety last"

-Spokane shark to repay cost for fake "jobs"

-Regimenting the youthful mind

-'Charity' graft in free meals in Vancouver

-General slump on Grays Harbor

-Marx in a nutshell by Covami

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Industrial Worker (June 14, 1930)

The June 14, 1930 (Vol. XII, No. 24, Whole No. 704) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 15, 2016

Contents include:

-Mine factions fight for power

-Press junket in the interest of coal barons

-Ariel job is "slaughter house"

-Aged and infirm displace Mex. on Calif, beet farm

-Rail men demand 30-hour week

-Editorial: The one way out

-Baxter's Buckshots

-Detroit bazaar wins approval

-New gods for old

-Capitalism and the Anzac

-Campaign to be waged against injunctions

-The scissorbill and the Wobbly

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Industrial Worker (June 21, 1930)

The June 21, 1930 (Vol. XII, No. 25, Whole No. 705) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on September 19, 2016

Contents include:

-Harvest workers organizing drive

-Georgia cases go to trial in Atlanta June 19

-Governor Young promises prompt action in Mooney case

-Tee-Bone Slim hits the straw belt in Kansas

-Prosperity hits the charmed land

-Bosses block laws to relieve unemployment

-Editorial: The mechanism of unemployment

-Baxter's Buckshots

-Forever by Covami (a.k.a. Covington Hall)

-July 4th picnic in Chicago at Beyers Grove

-110 conference at Ellsworth, Kan.

-A journalistic jackass by Radix

-Open forum in San Francisco

-Cops and American Legion suspend constitution

-Aliens do work on California bonanza farms

-Chairy: a commercialized graft

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Industrial Worker (June 28, 1930)

Articles from the June 28, 1930 (Vol. XII, No. 26, Whole No. 706) issue of the Industrial Worker, the newspaper of the revolutionary union, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW).

Submitted by Juan Conatz on June 7, 2016

Contents include:

-Coal barons prepare to cut wage

-Lewis machine and operators co-erce miners

-Sale of arms to Soviet Russia stopped by U.S.

-No family men wanted at Ariel

-Annual drive of harvesters sweeps north

-Detroit auto industries close for two weeks

-Atheists can't testify in New Jersey

-Editorial: The power behind the law

-Baxter's Buckshots

-International affiliations versus organization

-New copper mine opens Sept. 1st at Leavenworth

-Boulder Dam is health menace

-Filipinos are moot problem in California

-Reactionary influence of craft unions

-Man starves on Calif. highway

-An appeal from the Swedish I.W.W.

-California the "Beautiful and damned"

-Law perverted to terrorize Calif. strikers

-Indian police lash Gandhists with leather

-Things seen and heard on the skidroad

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International affiliations versus organization

A response by Del. T-O 46 to an article by Paul Mattick that appeared in the IWW newspaper, Solidarity.

Submitted by Juan Conatz on June 7, 2016

ASPUDDEN, Sweden, June 4.—(To the Industrial Worker.)—In Solidarity numbers 20 and 21 appeared an article under the heading: "On International Affiliations" by Paul Mattick with which I am going to take issue. In the latter part of the article he says that the future of the I.W.W. is assured, but further down he modifies that statement by stating, that it does not mean that the class organization will be a part of the present I.W.W. with headquarters in Chicago.

Further down still he says that the tactics of the European proletariat depend in its experiences. And from that he deducts that the I.W.W. in Europe will only remain an effort—nothing but an effort.

By using just a little logic we can tear those statements to shreds. If the future of the I.W.W. is assured, why not join it and be consistent? If the experiences determine social and economic actions and not present needs and realities why start an organization like the A.A.U.? Would not the craft unions as they are suffice? They embody experiences of the workers as well. He says that we must reckon with the traditions and prejudices of the European proletariat, but as an I.W.W. with the necessary educational qualifications, he must know, if he is honest, that traditions can and must be transferred to more modern movements and the prejudices directed in other directions that against a new and growing movement like the I.W.W.

It is precisely what all those well wishers are doing, they are subtly living on the old traditions and prejudices, because it entails too many sacrifices to handle them in a scientific manner.

To an I.W.W., any national organization, however, revolutionary in abstract principles (and they of necessity must be abstract in a nationally restricted organization of the workers) is an upholder of old traditions and prejudices of the workers which are bound to be in opposition to the I.W.W.

In the last analysis all those traditions and prejudices are rooted, not so much in the minds of the workers as in the economic status of all the many different kinds of paid officials, from the Christian socialist down to the officials in the A.A.U. and the Syndicalists' organizations. Every worker, group of workers, craft union group of workers, nationally organized group of workers has a fund of traditions, regardless of whether they live and work in Europe or in the U.S. The only worker who has I.W.W. traditions is the worker who is or has been a member of the I.W.W., and his store of traditions is dependent on the length of time he has been a member of the I.W.W. The I.W.W. being the most modern form of the working class organization, it follows that these traditions are the best for the working class and hence must replace all the others.

Prejudices which, I take it, are a biological necessity, existing and functioning for the purpose of protecting the individual, the craft group and the larger nationally organized proletarian , can not be abolished, but they can be given another and more useful direction by I.W.W. education and organization. Instead, also, of being merely a passive well wisher of the I.W.W. and by so being, in daily practice directing the workers prejudices against the I.W.W. , he ought to be brave enough to take a stand against them. To sum up: if the working class today stands in need of such an organization as the Industrial Workers of the World, which it does, then it is up to an I.W.W. who is convinced of that need to be consistent and fight it out.

My advice to all members of the I.W.W. is this: don't sell part of your intellectual store to any group, give it to the working class; it needs it, and badly, too.

Originally appeared in the Industrial Worker, June 28, 1930 (Vol. 12, No. 26, Whole No. 706)
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