. TI IE REVOLUTIONARY AGE November 23, It The Time For Action Has Come. 1TH the refusal of the Supreme Court of the United States to grant Mooney new trail the ease now enters its final stage. From legal standpoint, only by the executive pardon of the governor of the State of California can Mooney be snatched from the gallows, but there ia power stronger than any law ever placed on statute book that may step forward and cry halt to this murder the power of the will of the people.
For nearly two and a half yearsTom Mooney has suffered under one of society heaviest penalties; the denial of association with his fellowmen. During this time his every action has been dictated by the will of his jailers, when he shall lie down and when he shall get up, when he shall eat and when he shall remain hungry, when he shall speak and when he shall remain silent, when he must breathe the fetid air of prison cell and when he may walk in the prison yard and gaze upon that little tent of blue that prisoners call the sky. Cut ofl from all intercourse with those dear to him for two and a half years he has paced a narrow cell, counting his steps, listening to the clang of iron gates and the harsh voices of command andlwaiting.
Now he is told that all these weary months are to cul minste in a walk to the gallows, a binding of his arms and feet, a masking of his face, a word of command and a lurch downward. And he draws himself up, his lips curl and he replies have nothing to say. have nothing to say. Mooney knows Ill the forces that have combined against him, he is aware of all the facts in the case and with a fine scorn he answers.
But what have you, the workers of this country, to say!
Painstakingly each movement demanded by the law has been gone through and eIch time the machinery has been thrown out of gear, finally the repairing engineers of that machinery the Supreme Court of the United States have refused to function.
Some of the highest persons in both the state and the federal executives have declared their belief in Mooney innocence, others, includingoneofthejudgesinvolved in the case, have expressed doubts that his guilt was proven, while to the ordinary reader, from the evidence presented in the case and the character of the witnesses upon whose testimony conviction was secured, it is clear that not only isMooneyuotguiltybutthItheis the victim of a deliberate frame up by the forces of Capitalism. President Wilson has twice urged the governor of California to extend clemency to Mooney. Mooney has not asked for clemency nor does labor ask for it in his behalf. If Mooney is guilty there is no reason why clemency should be extended to him, if he is not guilty then it is he who should decide whether or not he will extend clemency to his would be murderers. And Mooney» is not guilty!
Labor has been patient long. Long has its back been bent to the blows of the master clss, but the times are changing. The Mooney case clearly demonstrates that law and justice are not meant for the workers, that the guarantees of the bourgeoisie break down in class conflict, that when the issue is between capital and labor, capital throws at the velvet glove of justice and mercy and reveals the mailed fist of domination and hate. Mooney was a danger to capitalist interests: therefore away with him, but a with him in such a manner as will not awaken resentm away with him by lawful means, let him be hanged a legally constructed gallows not on a trestle bridgt The workers of Europe have seen the significance of case. In Russia, Italy, Holland, England and Ireland tl have contributed money to the defense fund and ha brought pressure to bear on their governments to run them intercede on Mooney behalf, but with the exepi ion of the cummittee of investigation appointed by fll President and his appeals to the governor of Californii nothing has been done. The tedious legal line has beer followed until it finally led to the refusal of the Suprem: Court to grant a new trail and now comes the end unles: labor speaks out.
Mooney, condemned to death because he loved his kind, because he hated the distorting of their bodies and minds in the cruel new of Capitalism the mills, mines, factories and fields because he hated the crushing of little children, the flowers of mankind, in the sweatshops, Mooney has nothing to say about the dreary days in the deathhouse. Shall labor also have nothing to say. Or will it speak with one voice crying: Stop this murder, set Mooney free or we will stop the wheels of induStry not only in California, not only in the Americas but throughout the entire world. Will you speak, will you act, or shall Labor walk beside the mules. The Coming Of The inal Struggle THE past revolutions took place once in a hundred years, generally speaking. There have been very few in. he history of mankind. Generations have come and gone without witnessing, much less participating in, any great uprising of the muses against their oppreasors; leaning about them only from the tales of old men the veterans. or from school text books; and the conceptions formed about them were that they were something semifantastic, something that had taken place years and years ago. back in the heroic epoch, when, so it seemed, the people had been built of diflerent atufl you are not the warriors. a time that had been and never would But even these exceptional revolutions, scattered through centuries, left an indelible mark on the whole future development of mankind, having given peculiar color to whole epochs of history. In this sense, the influence of the great French Revolution of 1789 has not yet been exhausted even today.
Now, by all indications, the world has entered a new path of its development a path fraught with revolutionary storms.
During the short period of one year two such events of world importance have taken place the proletarian revolution in Russia and, promising to become a proletarian one, the revolution in Germany.
Can these great events pass without leaving a mark on mankind on the toiling masses because just now the war has been brought to an end; the war which by its very existence has awakened mankind from lethargy?
Certainly not! The spirit of discontent and protest, the contagious revolutionary germ will spread into the adjacent countries, where also, according to authoritative statements in the bourgeois press, there is observed a Peace Where There ls No Peace A remarkable, but misnomed, article entitled Peace at Last The Nation takes a stud long wanted in the liberal press of this country. One of the disappointments of Arnerica part in the war was the slavish conformity to the psychology of the mob of the liberal periodicals of the country.
When the English, French and belligerent European liberal press generally spoke out against injustice as they saw it the voice of this section of the American people was practically silent. What few papers were started as a reaction to this state of affairs were quickly put out of business without any protest from their contemporaries.
Now The Nation speaks clearly and unequivocally. For if the hills of the gods have caught and cmshcd the Hobenzollerns and Hapsburgs and the Kings of Bavaria and whatnot, theyhave stillmuch crushing to do, it says. Every remaining king. whether well meaning figure had or despot, should and must go. But these are now few in number.
Then we agree with the German Socialists that no man who had anything to do with starting (his war should remain in public life. In Russia, in Austria Hungary. and in Turkey they are gone. We hope and trust tilt the spirit of revolution abroad will not die until all the makers of secret treaties are cast out. and with them. as among the worst enemies of mankind. ihe armament manufacturers, the Krupps, the CreuBy Gregory Weinstein sufficient quantity of combusfiblt mte rial.
And first of all, as was to otfe xpected, the neutral countries have become contamina.
The countries of the Allied cause at the present moment are wholly given over to tho intoxication of victory. which temporarily has affected the working muses.
For them, the moment of bitter disappointment, counting the wounda. judging and mature thinking is yet far away. However, it must be noted, that, even at the present moment. there are indications of the approaching moment of reawakening. It would aufllce to mention. for example, the demand made by the French Socialists or the resolution otf the British Labor Party concerning the end of civil peace and on the recall of labor ministers from the Cabinet.
But the war, insofar as the workers of the neutral countries are concerned, has not brought them even the flickering, illusory victories. that could provoke at least a temporary intoxication. Instead the war has brought them enough of suffering, misery, want and starvation, and even more than enough, more than, according to the scale. they should have gotten.
Hence it is not surprising, that from all neutral countries come reports of alarming character about th growing revolutionary ferment among the working ma There was a general strike in Switzerland. In Holland Socialists even moderate appeal to the workers to seize the government. In Sweden; the Socialists issued a manifesto calling for the formation of Soviets of workmen and soldiers deputies everywhere, in order to establish a Socialist Republic. In Denmark: bourgeois and governmental circles are beginning to get alarmed.
Such are the reports reaching here from neutral countries.
sots, the Armstrongs, the Whitworths, and our own lesser armor and gun makers. We desire no end to revolltimi abroad until custom houses everywhere have gone by the board. We wish no end to democratic ferment in Europe until the professional diplomat of the past has been ground flat, and with him those alleged statesmen who believe that thebackwardor sparsely inhabited spIcea of the earth exists only to be exploited. We with no end to the revolution until there shall no longer he tell: of developing hinterlander, spheres of influence, and colonies, but of some means of holding them in mist by joint international agreement for the benefit of those to whom the soil rightfully belongs. Thus we should have England nctir e from Egypt and Persia, the Italians from Tripolli, and Japan from Kim Gina, France from Cochin China and Madagascar, and Belgium from the blood stained Congo. whiletheUnitedStates sets the example bv retairing from the Philippines, Haiti, San Domingo. and Nicaragua. We wish no limittothespreadoi liberalismuntil the vicious doctrine that a country shall protect by the force of arms its citizens who invest abroad shall be forever discarded. For we are not of those who can see the mop only in the eye of our Allies or enemies. There are those in pknty neu like Taft and Roosevelt preachers of reaction and hate in this country for whom the mills of the gods are turning slowly alowly, but with the terrifying, inescapable For the Kaiser is but the vilest flower of a system, and it is the system and the spirit which underlies it that must the workers in these countries, as compared with the prerevolutionary relation of forces in Russia, Germany and Austria, is not wholly in favor of the bourgeoisie, that the power of redstanee of the bourgeoisie and the governments in these neutral countries is conaiderably lower than it was in Germany and Austria governments protected by the armor of militarism then it becomes clear, that once the working class in these neutral countries rises it will inevitably become victor.
And, of course, it goes without sayins. that the victory of the workers in these neutral countries in spite of the fact that they play secondary role in the family of the bourgeois antes will have deep significance, politically speaking, as to the general result.
That victory, first of all, will strengthen and prolong the universal great unrest which was begun by the Russian, Austrian and German revolutions. It will bring new faith, boldness and energy into the ranks of the working class fighting for its emancipation; it will be a new blow and a great sign of the beginning of the end of the domination of the bourgeoisie. This victory will increase the anxieties among the international bourgeoisie in the task of restoring order in the countries contaminated with the Bolshevist anarchy. thereby considerably decreasing their power. Besides, the attempt of the bourger isie to use the working regiments of the Allied countries for pacifying the countries contaminated by the revolution, au attempt which this time they will not be able to disguise for politeness sake with beautiful phrases of fighting for dcmocracy may well prove the last drop which will overflow the cup of patience of the workers of Allied countries.
certainty which marks the progress of the glacier that no human agency can stay.
For the Kaiser is but the vilest (lower of a system, and it is the system and the spirit which underlie it that must go. The battle against Prussian militarism is not yet won.
Its first bloody phase is, thank God, at end. But if this war has proved anything, it is that the spirit of Pnissiauism racists everywhere, in Paris, in London, in Rome very strongly and in Washington Only in Moscow is it wholly crushed to earth. Wg shall neither have made this the last of wars nor safeguarded democracy, if we do not cxtirpate everywhere the spirit that would not only conquer otha people lands as Gen may conquered Belgium and Serbia, and Italy conquered Tripoli, but would enslave their souls and bodies as well. As long as it is left to a few men anywhere to decide whether nations shall go to war, as long as there are men abroad like Mr. Taft to say that just when we have crushed German militarism we must war against the Russians and Germans to see to it that the revolutions there result in precisely the kind of Governments that we prefer, just so long is the war to and war merely begun.
This is surely catching the spirit that is abroad in the land waiting to find voice. it is not Socialism, out it is surely the spirit of Americanism as America greht dead: Garrison, Phillips, Brown, Jefferson and the rest felt it.