THEY'RE AFTER YOU
(For a New York Times report on Post's views in 1908, see "C. W.Post attacks Unions")
You donít believe the Labor-Socialist "class" are really trying to take away the savings and property of the thrifty, home-owning "class," do you?
Probably there will be a loud chorus of wails and entreaty when the new laws go into effect and the "home owners" wake up to find themselves bound hand and foot and "trimmed" of their savings and property by the deft hand of the Labor-Socialist "class" and according to laws passed while the home-owners slept, and which the courts must execute.
"Impossible" you say, but the game is on and the Labor-Socialists are right now actively at work before Congress and the various State Legislatures, and will establish these laws quickly unless stopped.
Their plan is based on one principle.
If any man has worked and been economical and self-denying and has bought a home, take it away and divide up the proceeds among those who are unthrifty, drinking, profligate or simply "failures."
Take money away from the man who has it.
Give it to the man who hasn't.
But this must be done cunningly and by passing some shrewdly drawn laws which hide the real meaning.
The Labor-Socialists are working hard to frighten and force public men to pass at least a dozen bills, each of which has, away down at the bottom, a plan to take away a part or all of the thrifty man's savings and give them to the unthrifty.
They will surely succeed unless the "home-owners" wake up and protest in numbers enough to win.
"Don't believe a word of it," the average reader says.
Naturally, because the average reader seldom examines bills offered to Congress and the Legislatures and if he casually reads of these bills they look harmless enough.
Some will only wake up when, under the new laws, (if the Labor-Socialists succeed in having the bills passed) they find their property and savings ooze away and the courts powerless to prevent.
This is a contest between the unthrifty "class" trying to wrest money, property and power from the Home-Owning "class."
Now let the reader sort out the different characters in society and as they are defined, locate each man in one or the other of these "classes." One class earns and saves and the other seeks to take what it doesn't earn.
The discontented, surly and botch workman tramping from one job to another.
The Labor Agitator.
The man who poured acid in the mouth of an independent workingman in Chicago after he had been beaten unconscious.
The steady, well-trained mechanic who owns a home.
The professional criminal whose picture the police keep in the rogue's gallery. When you see him reading a newspaper in a saloon, you can not only name the newspaper that nourishes his criminal instincts but can accurately locate him in his class and probably make a close guess at what ticket he votes.
The Successful Merchant.
The Well-Trained Physician.
The Wild-eyed-dirty-fingernail chap over his second pot of beer.
The Minister of the Gospel.
You see you can pick them out and put each one in his class. There are only two "classes." One thinks thoughts of hate, jealousy and revenge, seeking money it does not earn, property which has been earned by the sweat of other brows, and in disappointment and anger, these social "failure" naturally tend towards disorder, law-breaking and a general upheaval in which they hope to take away the savings of the other class.
The members of the "Other Class" think thoughts of work, sturdy, well-directed, intelligent work; work which brings good pay, because it is good service to mankind. The sober, responsible Locomotive Engineer, The Skilled Mechanic, The Farmer, Merchant, doctor, lawyer, Banker, School Teacher, and Minister.
The capable, successful and well esteemed among these belong to one class. The failures belong to the other.
The "Home-Owning" class seek peace, steady operation of industries. Protection for every man who wants to work, and a guarantee of his right to enjoy the fruit of his labor; just laws which hold each and every man accountable to the law and to do his share towards the support of public works and charities.
The Labor-Socialists are opposed and their measures are right now being pressed with great strength to make them into laws.
The intent underlying each one of them is to directly, or in a round-about way, take money and property from the "Home Owners."
Now let's have a look, and in considering each bill or act, keep in mind the underlying plan.
"Extract from the thrifty and home-owning people at least a part of their savings, to divided among the unthrifty Labor-Socialists."
You may have to search step by step through the apparently harmless part of these proposed laws, but carefully follow the steps and it will be seen that the final end and aim is to take money away from the House-Owning, thrifty "class" and give it to the unthrifty "class."
Let's first consider the "Employers Liability" movement. They have adroitly sought to have it apply first to Railways for it is now popular to attack them. Any employee hurt, even by his own negligence, is to be paid a sum to be extracted from the stockholders. There are over 77,000 stockholders in one American Ry. Many are widows and in some cases their hard earned money and savings invested thus, is the main source of their bread and butter. But a part at least is to be taken from them to be given to the unfortunate "Unthrifty."
That would be benevolence if it was not a legal robbery of some to make gifts to others.
Then it is the plan to extend this forced benevolence to the individual employer, just as the Labor-Socialists have succeeded in doing in England. It is an active working law there now in operation under which, if, for instance, a house-servant has an accident no matter whether about the house or elsewhere and becomes disabled, the employer's property is held to pay one pound (about $5.00) a week for the balance of the life of the servant.
Thus in a few years with a bad run of "luck" the home-owner might have saddled on him a half dozen such pensioners and his property held to pay perhaps $25.00 to $50.00 a week.
Do you see how adroitly this extracts money from the thrifty?
We will all admit that the injured should have help; that is human benevolence. Every permanently injured poor man should have a public home to live in free, all the balance of his days; he has, we will say, done his share of the work of the world and is entitled to its care. The law should provide that he had, during his well days, contributed his share, small or great, towards the support of such homes. That is the German law. In other words, every man, Labor-Socialists and Home-Owner should contribute for this pension.
But the Labor-Socialist plans to take only the money of one class, the thrifty, and give it to the unthrifty.
That would be a fine levied on the man for being thrifty and offer a reward of immunity to the man who would "drink up" his extra money. It says, "don't own a home or you will become a member of a class which we propose to milk.
Later on we are to have "Old Age Pensions" for every man when he reaches say 60 years.
That law is under consideration in England now. The plan is a noble one, for it would remove that awful ghost of fear which haunts most people. Every man should pay a small tax towards this desirable benevolence. But notice, when the Labor-Socialist leaders in England were asked if the members of their class would contribute, the answer was, "Not one farthing."
The propose to secure the entire sum from the Home-owner "class."
Back again to their principle, you see.
It seems benevolent to vote large sums for public work for the "unemployed." That class is made up largely of Labor-Socialists and incapable, botch workmen. The worthy workmen are seldom "unemployed." Many of these "unemployed" are the noisy chaps who called strikes during the prosperous years. They wouldn't work themselves and kept thousands of good men from work.
They boycotted factories and destroyed business, compelling other workmen to lie idle.
They stopped the loading and unloading of ships and Ry. Cars; stopped work on buildings, the mining of gold, silver, copper and coal. Stopped the manufacture of millions of dollars worth of American articles which foreigners stood ready to pay money for.
It is believed by many that one of the chief causes of the panic and present hard times was the persistent and wide-spread interference with, and stoppage of industry brought about by these same Labor-Socialists in driving away business and preventing the steady distribution of money among the working classes. Every million dollars worth of Steam Pumps, Farm Implements, Boots and Shoes, Steel, Iron, Locomotives, Cars, Cotton Goods etc. etc., sent abroad, brings back a million dollars to be distributed to the workmen, who dig ore and smelt it; moulders who cast the iron, machinists, wood-workers, cotton mill employees, etc., etc. But the Labor-Socialists have time and again stopped up the source of this flow of money and have entailed on this country millions upon millions of dollars in losses and, consequently, much misery upon work-people.
The Labor leaders have brought strikes to force all employees to kick out independent American workmen and employ only "Union" men, thus to give absolute power to the leaders, secure fees to pay their own salaries first and, in order to keep their slaves interested, force higher and higher wages. Here we reach the foundation fact again.
Now, when the jobs the Labor-Socialists threw away, are taken by others, or the business has been killed for the time, and they are "unemployed," do they pay their own expenses or do they besiege the authorities to tax the class of Home-Owners to pay extra money towards a public fund to be used to pay the "class" of unemployed Labor-Socialists?
Here the line between classes is clearly drawn and you get back again to the same old spot. "Take from one class and give to the other."
"Make the consumer pay extra money and give it to the Labor-Socialists."
"Charge the Home-Owner extra wages for all labor which enters into the building of his home."
"He has been saving, now let's take away part of it."
High wage for skillful work is desirable for all, but when a Labor Union gains power enough to force home-owners to pay two, three or four times what hod-carriers and other workmen are actually worth it means just so much extra money extracted from the home-owner, more than the service is worth.
It comes back to the same old place, you see. Look at the purpose of all the anti-injunction bills introduced by the Labor-Socialists. Each and every one seeks to tie the hands of the people's courts, and for what purpose? No injunction issued in labor strikes ever harmed an honest citizen, intending to peacefully pursue his occupation.
Injunctions stop mobs, intent on insulting, assaulting and perhaps murdering other citizens, from congregating. The Labor-Socialist raises a loud cry because he is commanded by a court to keep off the public street near a factory employing independent men.
The injunction always directs the man or men to stay off certain streets or refrain from doing other things, when it is reasonably well known they intend to go on those streets or do those acts, to insult, or assault citizens or destroy property. The peaceful citizen is never hurt by an injunction in a labor case and the courts have a right to prevent injury to the interests of any community. But injunctions do prevent Labor-Socialists from terrorizing people into submission to the Labor trust.
Therefore, in order to secure submission and power to extract from the employer extra money, they contend the injunction must be done away with.
Every public man who supports any measure seeking to reduce the power of the courts in order to make it more difficult for them to protect property and the person of the common citizen is an enemy of Home-Owners and an ally of the Labor-Socialists.
Watch such public men -- particularly those who want to revise the criminal code injunction laws. They want to make it easier for mobs to do damage and escape punishment. Their names will be printed broadcast later on so that the people may know.
Some public men are like some newspapers, they make the mistake of believing the Labor-Socialists are a majority because they make the most noise, but it has been shown time and again that when a public man prostitutes his ideas of right and justice to the common citizen, and supports measures that seek to take money, property and liberty away from the home-owner and the people find out as they will, the cowardly official is generally defeated at the next election, for the Liberty-loving, peaceable Home-owning class of Americans heavily outnumber the Labor-Socialists, and these Home-owners are the principal readers and supporters of the newspapers.
The law-defiers are organized and able to present organized effort against, heretofore, an unorganized public. Now, however, the Home-Owners have effected an organization known as the Citizens Industrial Ass'n of America with a Central body in New York and local bodies in many towns and cities. Competent lawyers are employed to watch the vicious measures introduced in Congress and the Legislatures and defend the rights of the common citizens from these insidious attacks and to prevent the enactment of laws which rob one class, the Home-Owners, and pass over to the Labor-Socialists, money and property which they do not earn, and power which would enable them to enslave the common people and force them to "obey." All of this work requires money for legitimate expenses. Every reader who feels a desire to help in this organized work of protection can forward to the National Citizens Industrial Ass'n., St. James Building N.Y. such contributions as he decides upon, from $1.00 to $500.00. The work is now being carried on and with gratifying results. It can be widely extended and more certain protection insured by employing a larger force of active workers. The Labor-Socialists contribute liberally for the support of their organization and the common Home-Owners are but just now beginning to learn that they are in danger of most serious consequences unless a determined organized stand is made and the work of protection carried on intelligently, skillfully and with means enough to make it effective.
The officers and directors of this National Ass'n are sufficiently well known to insure careful and honest use of funds. A statement will be sent to each contributor from time to time, and the "Square Deal" magazine mailed each month.
This is a clearly drawn contest between the Common citizens and Home-Owners seeking protection and the Labor Trust seeking to obtain control of affairs and take money and property from the Home-Owners.
The strongest organization will win and if the Home-Owners fail to stand together they will certainly lose at least a part of their properties and more or less personal liberty. There are communities now where organized labor has gained control and every man must "bow" and contribute and implicitly "obey," quit work when told, patronize those whom the labor leaders designate, and in various ways act the slave.
It has gone so far that juries fear to convict known murderers and whole communities are terrorized.
U.S. Judge Wm. H. Hunt of Butte, Montana was brave enough to say: "God gave man his hands, his back and the right to use them as he pleases. It is an inalienable right. No power can take it away from a man. No power can compel him to work. No power can compel him to stop working if he desires to work. When a man, or any set of men, take it upon themselves to say that they are the law, and to defy the process of the courts, to defy the police authority of the land, to usurp the authority of the established government, to upset the very base of society in which we all live, there is a power which will come to the rescue of the man who is wronged in that way; and that power is that which protects you and protects me, and must continue to afford us all protection, else government is destroyed.
For these principles our ancestors laid down our lives. But they stand in the way of the Labor-Socialists who now seek to enact laws to overset them.
The Common Citizen has before him the organized machinery for protection. Will he support it?
Text scanned by Michael Van Dyke
Research by Mark Krasovic
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