By The Way
What abundant evidence in various forms obtrudes itself upon us in the daily press and other journals to prove our contention, that, as the Capitalist system develops, the gulf between the working’ class and the Capitalist class must ever become wider and deeper. At one end of the social scale we have insensate luxury, at the other sordid and sickening, misery such as indicated in the following reports :—
“Sir Richard and the Hon. Lady Musgrave have left for Paris en route for the Riviera, and from there will go to Egypt, where they will spend the remainder of the winter.
“The Hon. Ernest and Mrs.Guinness are shortly returning to England from a cruise round the world on their yacht, on which they took a party of young people.” (Westminster Gazette, 8.1.24).
By no means isolated instances, the more expensive pictorials are filled with the escapades of these wealthy idlers to whom the world is a beautiful hunting ground of pleasure,where they chase the seasons and live out their useless lives. If such is the lot of these social drones, what of the workers, the class who make possible their enjoyment ? The following are striking contrasts:
“At last night’s meeting of the Fulham Public Health Committee it was reported that a husband and wife and five children had been occupying one room for five years. Several of the family had tuberculosis.” (Same page, same date, Westminster Gazette, 8.1.24.)
“Three millions of our people, men, women and children, are festering and rotting in slums, living three and four in a room, huddled together, the healthy in close contact with the diseased, in tenements where neither the woman in childbirth, the sick, or the dying, can be given the ordinary decencies of life.” (Mr. C. A. McCurdy, Daily Chronicle, 8.9.23.)
The object of these quotations is not to arouse a sentimental sympathy, useless by itself, but to urge the non-Socialist reader to study our position in order that he or she may join with us to help achieve our object, a system,. in which the enjoyment of life will not be based upon the misery of others.
“I am opposed to Socialism. I believe in the liberty of the individual and the Britishers’ constitutional right, to be a free” man.” (Sir Robert Aske, Morning Post, 14.1.24.)
“I believe in my heart it is a God-given opportunity that the Labour movement of this country has to-day to stave off upheaval in India. . . . We want India to be the brightest jewel in the great British federation of free peoples.” (George Lansbury, quoted Democrat, 12.1.24.)
What a charming coincidence! Two “great” minds with but a single thought—and both wrong. For—“they are not free that mock their chains,” even if those chains be the invisible ones of wage slavery.. If, ’tis true, “He is the freeman whom the truth makes free,” alas! how many slaves must be!
The Capitalist need for raw material and markets often expresses itself in a burning desire to be friendly and restore to more stable industrial conditions a former enemy country.
“There are many who have loudly declared that ‘they will not shake hands with murderers,’ but are quite aware of the advantages which might ensue from the murderers’ hands being shaken.” (Time and Tide, 8.2.24.)
“I am quite satisfied that a lot of the housing trouble is caused through young women staying at home instead of going into domestic service.” (Judge Crawford, Southend County Court, Daily Chronicle, 11.2.24.)