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Conscription Continued

When dealing with, the scheme known as the "Derby Group System” in THE SOCIALIST some months back it was pointed out that the capitalist class were being pushed on to the horns of a dilemma in the endeavour to find men for the Army. This simple truth is now being demonstrated by two prominent incidents. One is the threat of raising the age for military service to 45 years, though even the ""Daily Mail" admits that the army does not want men of this age; and the other is the cry to extend conscription to Ireland.

The Soft Answer

[To the Editor]

Dear Sir,—I should be pleased if you would answer this question :

That political power, being always the prerogative of the possessors of economic power, the proletariat, in order to achieve their emancipation, must first capture the sources of economic revenue, when political sovereignty will follow as a matter of evolution. This can only be done by an organisation such as Industrial Unionism. Therefore the S P.G.B. principles are useless to the working class.

I hope the above is intelligible, and that the S.P.G.B. will answer in the same way, and not in that sarcastic, superior, you-are-a-liar style which is customary with them.



As is so often the case with defenders of Industrial Unionism, our correspondent uses an incorrect phrase and then builds up a case on it.

Book Review: 'The Threefold State'

A Plaster for a Wooden Leg

"THE THREEFOLD STATE. The True Aspect of the Social Question." By Dr. RUDOLPH STEINER. London: G. Allen & Unwin, Ltd. 5s. net.

The Adaptability of Capitalism

Capitalism is a wonderful system of society. Its powers of production are colossal: its products more amazing than any dream of the Arabian Nights. Huge structures, mighty engines, gigantic ships, tremendous means of transport, mark its march across the earth. But along with the giant powers and products exist problems of such seeming complexity, and so far-reaching in their effects, that all the spokesmen, defenders, apologists, and believers in the system are bewildered at the appalling appearance of these problems, and vainly seek a solution within the limits of the system.

Franchise Questions

We have received the following questions from Mr. John Drysdale. Our reply is appended.

(1) Would you kindly let me know your attitude toward Adult Suffrage?

(2) Do you think the working class have a majority at the ballot box with the franchise they have now?

(3) Do you think the working class should use the franchise they have got in their own interests before the Socialist Party should fight for more?


(1) Our attitude towards Adult Suffrage is as follows :

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