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 XIV
Guild Socialism and National Guilds

A very recent solution is that proposed in Guild Socialism. Its exponents have a complete program for securing control of society, both economic and political. It is peculiar to England where the ancient guild system lasted longer than on the Continent. The plan is a radical one. It combines Syndicalism and I. W. W.ism with Trade Unionism and State Socialism in a progressive fusion. It is more a "high-brow" theoretical move, starting from above, than a spontaneous worker's movement. It has not yet taken a strong-bold in the United States but might do so at any moment, so that its origin and character are important questions to careful observers.

The National Guilds' League of Great Britain is conducting a strong propaganda. It has issued special pamphlets appealing to the general public, to the trade unionists, to the miners, to the railway men and on these pamphlets the following statement is largely based, the quotations being from the pamphlet addressed to the trade unionists.

The proposal of the National Guilds' League is that the trade union should recognize their mistake in adhering to the wage system; should see that only by abolishing the wage system can the selling of labor as a commodity be brought to an end; should see that in order to accomplish this Labor must assume absolute control of industry in "conjunction" with a democratized state.

In order to accomplish this the trade unions must make two fundamental changes in membership; must not be constituted merely or mainly of skilled labor but must admit on the one hand unskilled labor and on the other the brain worker.

This means the change from Craft Unionism to Industrial Unionism, with "a widening of the whole labor outlook." The end "to be achieved is freedom for the whole community, and no narrow view of industry will serve as a means. Preoccupied with the problems of the manual worker, industrial unionists have been inclined to forget that the true industrial union must include everyone who is engaged in the industry concerned, whether he work with hand or brain. Labor organization must not cease when every manual worker has been brought into the unions: clerks and foremen, works managers and managers, stationmasters and draughtsmen, designers and architects must be enrolled in their

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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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