Revolutionary Radicalism: Its History, Purpose and Tactics with an Exposition and Discussion of the Steps Being Taken and Required to Curb It, Being the Report of the Joint Legislative Committee Investigating Seditious Activities - Vol. 3

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CHAPTER II
Organized Labor and Politics

Under the title "Forty Years of Action," the American Federation of Labor has published, in pamphlet form, a synopsis of the non-partisan political declarations that have been passed in the annual conventions since 1881, when the American Federation of Labor was substantially formed.

During this time the Federation has consistently maintained the position that it is an economic, movement, and while political questions shall be discussed and the record of officeholders given wide publicity as an aid to the casting of an intelligent ballot, no attempt shall be made to question the worker's right to vote as he elects.

As far back as 1885 the convention rejected a plan to form a workmen's political party. Similar action was taken in 1889 and in 1892. In 1894 it was declared that "a political labor movement cannot and will not succeed upon the ruins of the trades-unions."

In 1896 it was stated that "our movement distinctly draws the line between political action in the interest of labor and political party action." In practically every convention the political party theory, presented in various forms, has been rejected.

The pamphlet is of value in that it shows, in concise form, that the non-partisan political policy of the American Federation of Labor is not a scheme of a few officials, but is as much a part of the trades-union movement as is every other guarantee to workers which has grown out of the experience of these workers.

We have seen in the study of the European situation that the labor parties in every country have sooner or later entered politics. This was done largely at the instigation of the so-called Social Democratic Parties, the Socialist parties, that is to say, who decided to take advantage of the parliamentary system, either with or without any intention of eventually destroying and superseding it. In doing this they necessarily felt the need of an organized party of voters, and this body had to be the workers of the country. Therefore the Socialist Party either invaded and directed the labor unions or organized to a large extent, or else created and developed, labor unions where they did not previously exist.

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Table of contents

  • Title Page i
  • Table of Contents iii
  • Volume IV viii
  • Addendum xviii
  • List of Illustrations xxi
  • General Introduction 2011
  • Section I - Protective Governmental Measures 2015
  • Chapter I 2017
  • Chapter II 2024
  • Chapter III 2075
  • Section II - Organized Labor and Capital and Industrial Problems 2095
  • Introduction 2097
  • Chapter I 2106
  • Chapter II 2133
  • Chapter III 2148
  • Chapter IV 2151
  • Chapter V 2154
  • Chapter VI 2160
  • Chapter VII 2166
  • Chapter VIII 2174
  • Chapter IX 2180
  • Chapter X 2193
  • Chapter XI 2204
  • Chapter XII 2216
  • Chapter XIII 2226
  • Chapter XIV 2238
  • Chapter XV 2244
  • Chapter XVI 2251
  • Section III subsection I - Educational Training for Citizenship 2275
  • Introduction 2279
  • Chapter I 2293
  • Chapter II 2328
  • Chapter III - Teacher Requirements and Teacher Training 2335
  • Chapter IV - Curricula Recommended for Courses of Citizenship Training 2346
  • Chapter V - Regulated Attendance 2350
  • Chapter VI - Appropriations 2356
  • Section III subsection II 2359
  • Chapter I 2361
  • Chapter II 2366
  • Section III subsection III 2411
  • Chapter I 2417
  • Chapter II 2439
  • Chapter III 2564
  • Chapter IV 2569
  • Chapter V 2623
  • Chapter VI 2701
  • Chapter VII 2949
  • Chapter VIII 3018
  • Chapter IX 3052
  • Chapter X 3060
  • Chapter XI 3079
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