1910s >> 1918 >> no-172-december-1918
A little while since President Wilson, in this the mouth-piece of the Allies, was screaming for the German people to arise and overthrow their rulers. There would be no negotiation with the Hohenzollerns, he declared ; the Kaiser and his gang would have to go. Every available means was exploited in order to induce the working class of Germany to solve the difficulties of the Allies by plunging into revolution.
We said, however, at the time, that should the workers of the Central Empires take their cue from Mr. Wilson and attempt to take into their own hands control of public affairs, the armies of the Allies would be used to crush down the rising and restore security to capitalist interests.
What has happened ? After the signing of the Armistice a wave of revolution appeared to threaten the existence of German capitalism. Immediately the American President announced that no food would be sent to Germany unless the people were quiet. So we were not far out, nor did we have to wait long for events to prove the correctness of our statement. If the Allied Armies are not called on to restore capitalist domination in Germany it will only be because the capitalists of the world have found sufficient the more cunning scheme of starving into submission the revolutionaries who have served their purpose.