Mudcat Café message #147802 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #16028   Message #147802
Posted By: InOBU
10-Dec-99 - 06:55 PM
Thread Name: the Little Red Songbook--I.W.W.
Subject: RE: the LITTLE RED SONGBOOK--I.W.W.
One more thing Shey, Bonnie

The Preamble of the Industrial Workers of the World
The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace as long as hunger and want are found among millions of working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things in life.
Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the eath and the machinery of production, and abolish the wage system
We find that the centering of the management of Industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the trade union unable to cope with the ever growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. Morover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers.
These conditions can be changed and the interest of the working class upheld only by an organization formed in such a way that all its members in any one industry, or in all industries if necessisary, cease to work whenever a strike or lockout is on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to one an injury to all.
Instead of the concervative motto, a fair days wage for a fair days work, we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, ABOLITION OF THE WAGE SYSTEM.
It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism. The army of produciton must be organized, not only for the every day struggle against capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are froming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old.
Well shey, that is the whole story in a nutsell,
Larry