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May 1918

Are politics worth while?


 Are politics worth while? One would think that such were a crazy question to ask at this time of day. Yet probably the vast majority of the working class even to-day hold politics in the most profound contempt.

 The folly of this attitude it revealed as soon as we consider what the functions and purpose of politics are.

 Politics, we are told, are "the science of government; political affairs, or the contest of parties for power." The workers' interest in politics as the science of government is the governed. For they are the governed. They have no lot or portico in government, not withstanding appearances. What, then, is the purpose of government?

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