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JOSEPH J. MERETO
1920 THE NATIONAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY 37 West 39th Street, New York
This book proves the existence of the Red Peril. We publish it to warn America. We ask the help of every loyal American, organization and institution to put "The Red Conspiracy" in every home, school and library in the land. Price, cloth bound, $2.15 postpaid; in paper, $1.10 postpaid.
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THENATIO NALHISTO RICALSO CIETY 37 West 39th Street, New York
Copyright, 1920, by The National Historical Society
As a mark of sincere gratitude for all that he owes to his Country from birth, the author of "The Red Conspiracy" hereby dedicates his work to his fellow-countrymen, trusting that it will prove a bulwark of defense for our Star-Spangled Banner and constitutional form of government, now so violently assailed by disloyal American citizens, as well as by Marxian rebels from abroad who have deceived many of the uneducated or trained them in ways of evil.
While "The Red Conspiracy" will appeal strongly to all who are seeking a clear and comprehensive knowledge of Socialism, Bolshevism, Communism and I. W. W.'ism, it will be of special value to the workingmen of America, as it will enable them easily to understand the fallacies of the Revolutionists and at the same time make them realize the serious dangers that would result from the adoption of any of the various radical programs.
Friendship, indeed, the "Knights of the Red Flag" profess for the laboring man. Such friendship, however, once it is understood will be spurned, for it is one which would plunge the sons of toil into a terrible abyss of injustice, deprivation and suffering--wrongs far greater than those endured from abuses of capitalism and partial corruption of some government officials.
At the very beginning of this work, the author wishes to express his heartfelt sympathy for poor men and women who are treated unjustly by employers, as well as with all who receive too small a recompense for their wearisome labors. It is, indeed, a source of deep regret to us that in consequence of injustice and uncharitableness, there are to be found in this rich republic numbers of our fellow-countrymen, not merely men and women but even innocent little children, who can scarcely relieve the pangs of their hunger by the coarsest kinds of food and have naught but rags for clothes and huts for homes. Feeling deep concern for these poor people, and for all who suffer either from employers or from defects of government, we trust that "The Red Conspiracy" will not only help toward remedying many of the evils that now weigh heavily upon the working class, but help to avert the far more dreadful evils that would result from the adoption of Socialism, Bolshevism, Communism, and I. W. W.'ism.
For many years the author has made a careful study of radicalism, and during that time has read not only many thousands of Socialist and I. W. W. papers, leaflets, pamphlets and books, but also most of the leading works against Socialism in the English language. We have sought to gather an illuminating collection of quotations, not merely from standard Marxian publications, but from the speeches of Socialists of unquestioned authority in the international movement. These open confessions of the Revolutionists cannot fail to interest the reader and will certainly arouse the deep indignation of every fair-minded person against a propaganda of deception which is working fast to wreck modern civilization.
No doubt the readers of "The Red Conspiracy" will be interested to learn that many of the revelations made in this book are brought to light through purchase by the author himself of revolutionary papers and pamphlets on sale in the spring and summer of 1919 at the National
Headquarters of the Socialist Party, the Chas. H. Kerr Socialist Publishing Company, and the National Headquarters of the I. W. W., all in Chicago, and also in leading Socialist bookstores of Chicago, New York, and Philadelphia. The matter obtained in these centres of underworld corruption and anarchy could not have been procured had the author ransacked every public library in the United States.
Though loyalty and patriotism should always inspire us to defend our country against its foes, we must concede to the Socialists that human government, whether national, state or municipal, is by no means free from serious defects; and we are bound to admit that representatives of the American people, as well as men engaged in business and commerce, have too often been guilty of dishonesty, injustice and cruelty to the suffering poor.
Law-abiding citizens, while very much regretting that wrongs such as these should exist, confidently hope to reduce them to a reasonable minimum by methods of social reform still more effective than those that have already brought to an end not a few of the evils prevalent in days gone by. Prudence and charity suggest to true social reformers reasonable constitutional and lawful methods by which to correct abuses instead of adding to their number by adopting Socialism. We have already seen too much of the work of the "Reds" in Europe and in parts of Mexico, and we do not wish to behold our fellow-countrymen shedding more blood and suffering graver evils, under Socialism, than they did during the terrible World War.
Loyal and patriotic citizens of America, judging from the progress that has been made in the past in matters of social reform, have every reason for looking forward confidently to the success of their efforts--unless, indeed, the Revolutionists, by greatly increasing their numbers, should divide the workingmen of our country into two big parties, comprising, respectively, the Socialists and the anti-Socialists, whose main purpose it would then be to fight each other instead of joining forces against social abuses. If the Revolutionists should gain very large numbers of recruits, there would be, on the one hand, a great party consisting of those whose object it would be to destroy our present form of government, as well as the entire industrial system, and, on the other, an opposition party, embracing good citizens and men of common sense and intelligence, who, because of their realization of the blessings which privately-owned industries and our constitutional form of government have bestowed upon the people of America, would be determined to shed the last drop of their blood in defense of them.
The Socialists, however, are not satisfied with social reform, but are bent on the total destruction of our system of government and industry, holding the system itself, rather than the faults and shortcomings of men, to be by its very nature responsible for all the economic evils of the day. "Down with the Stars and Stripes" is their cry. "Abolish religion and the present form of marriage." "Atheism and free-love must reign supreme." Then, trusting that workingmen will admire anything, provided that it be adorned in sufficiently glowing colors, they paint such fabulous pictures of Socialism as the following:
"Hundreds of thousands of former representatives of the state will enter various professions, and by their intelligence and strength will help to increase the wealth and comfort of society. Neither political nor common crimes will be known in the future. Thieves will have disappeared because private property will have disappeared, and in the new society everybody will be able to satisfy his wants easily and conveniently by work. Nor will there be tramps and vagabonds, for they are the product of a society founded on private property, and with the abolition of this institution they will cease to exist. Murder? Why? No one can enrich himself at the expense of others, and even murder for hatred or revenge is directly or indirectly connected with the social system. Perjury, false testimony, fraud, theft of inheritance, fraudulent failures? There will be
no private property against which these crimes could be committed. Arson? Who should find satisfaction in committing arson when society has removed all cause for hatred? Counterfeiting? Money will be but a mere chimera, it would be love's labor lost! Blasphemy? Nonsense! It will be left to good Almighty God himself to punish whoever has offended him, provided that the existence of God is still a matter of controversy." ("Woman Under Socialism," by Bebel, page 436 of the 1910 edition in English.)
As an immense number of American citizens would not be led astray by these foolish promises, or by others equally absurd--recalling how political and common crimes, theft, murder, arson, perjury, worthless currency, blasphemy and political corruption have ruined Socialist Russia and made it a hell on earth--a dreadful revolution would be necessary to compel our countrymen to surrender their cherished rights. The Socialists, if victorious, after having set up a new form of government, modeled on their own low ideas of morality, would not only substitute a free-love regime for the present form of marriage, but, going still further, would avail themselves of every opportunity for destroying religion. The evils, however, would by no means end here, for the new government, whose rapid decay would begin from the very day of its birth, would in a short time collapse and fall, and then the citizens of America would have neither a government to protect them from the ravages of criminals, whose number would be legion, nor yet any suitable system of organized industries for the employment of men and the production of the necessaries of life. Consequently, trials and sufferings incomparably greater than any of the present day would befall the people in the reign of anarchy that would ensue.
It is to preserve our fellow-countrymen from ever having to endure such calamities that we have undertaken this work, in which it is proven conclusively that the "Reds," unless quickly thwarted, will overwhelm us with unspeakable horrors of crime, rebellion, anarchy and destitution.
Scope of Book,iii; Value to Workingmen,iii; Sympathy for Labor,iii; Quotations from Socialist Authorities,iv; Revolutionists Set Back the Cause of Labor,v; Bebel's Fabulous Picture of Socialist Possibilities,v; Socialism Means War,vi.
SOCIALISM IN OTHER LANDS,1
Modern Socialism Dates from "Communist Manifesto," 1848,1; Karl Marx,1; Engels, 1;; International Workingmen's Association,1;; "Capital" by Marx, the Socialist Bible, 2; Socialism in Germany,2; in Bavaria,4; in Russia,4; Bolsheviks and Mensheviks, 5; Socialism in Austria-Hungary,5; in France,5; in Great Britain,8; in Italy,9; in Spain,9; in Belgium,10; in Holland,10; in Bohemia,10; in Sweden,11; in Norway,
11; in Argentina,11; in Canada,12; in Bulgaria,12; in Mexico,12; in Other Foreign Lands,12.
GROWTH OF SOCIALISM IN THE UNITED STATES,13
Introduced from Europe,13; Workingmen's Party,13; Socialist Labor Party,13; Socialist Democracy of America,13; Socialist Party of America,13; Socialist Periodicals,14; Socialist Party Strife and Bossism,14; The Internatonal,16; The First International,16; The Second International,16; International Socialist Bureau,17; American Socialists and the International,17; The Berne Conference,18; The Third (Moscow) International,18; Debs and American Socialists Recognized by Lenine,20; American Socialists' Straddle Resolution on Berne and Moscow,21.
THE SOCIALIST PARTY OF AMERICA DEVELOPS A LEFT WING,23
Revolution Camouflaged as Evolution,23; "Yellows," "Reds," "Rights" and "Lefts," 23; Origin of the Left Wing,24; Revolutionary Principles of the Left Wing,24; Sympathy with Russian Bolshevism,25; Industrial Unionism Advocated,26; Mass Action and Strikes the Prelude to Armed Rebellion,26; "Moderate" Socialism Rejected by American Revolutionists,28; To Overthrow the United States Government,30; Text of Call to Moscow International,31; American Socialist Party for "Industrial Unionism,"34.
THE FREE-FOR-ALL FIGHT BETWEEN THE RIGHT AND LEFT WINGS,35
Rowdies at Socialist Meetings,35; Revolution in America "at Hand,"36; "Existence of the Party at Stake,"37; "The Steering Committee,"38; Hillquit Says Left Wing is Not "Too Radical,"40; "Friendly Separation,"41; The Left Wing Gets More "Dictatorship" Than It Wants,42; The Rights Expel and Suspend Tens of Thousands,42; The Socialists' "Immortal" Executive Committee,42; Manifesto of the Third (Moscow) International,45.
BIRTH OF THE COMMUNIST AND COMMUNIST LABOR PARTIES,52
Left Wing Conference,52; Left Wingers Split,52; Call for a Communist Convention, 53; Too Many Would-Be Lenines and Trotzkys,54; The "Firing Squad,"55; National Emergency Convention,55; Who Called the "Cops"?57; A Convention on Each Floor,57; The Communist and Communist Labor Parties Organize,57; Their Principles,58; "Reds" No Worse Than "Yellows,"58; Bolshevism of the Socialist Party,59; Utterances at the Emergency Conference,60; Revolutionary Character of the Socialist Party,65; Trachtenberg on Affiliation with Moscow International,68; Glassberg Letter,69; Victor L. Berger,70; American Socialists Join the Third International,74; Hillquit Encourages the Communists,74; The Socialist Party's Revolutionary Manifesto,71-75.
SOCIALISM IN THEORY,79
Socialist Office-holding is Not Socialism, 77,85; Collective Ownership,80; I. W. W. Point of View,80; Socialism Explained Diversely by Its Leaders,80; Hillquit's Notion, 81; Debs' Demand,81; American Socialists to "Capture the Government,"82; Analysis of Collective Ownership,82; All Women to Work,84; Atheism and Free-Love,85; Poetry from the "Call,"86; Don't Judge Socialism by Reform Planks in Platforms,87; Socialists Attack Their Own Social Reform Program,89; Unpatriotic Attitude of Socialists in the War,92.
SOCIALISM IN PRACTICE,94
Herron's Socialist Day Dream,94; Communist Experiments in Russia and Hungary, 94; Socialism in Yucatan,96; "Zapata, Great Socialist Leader of Southern Mexico," 97; Act of the Second: "Zapata, a Tyrant, Who Played a Huge Joke on 100,000 Confiding Workers Whom He Exploited,"101; Socialist Experiment in Russia,103.
THE I. W. W.,105
A "Dangerous" Organization,105; Its Origin,105; Industrial Unionism Explained,106; Organization by Industries,107; I. W. W. Preamble,107; Revolutionary Aims,108; Conceptions of Right and Wrong,108; Violent Tactics,100; Revolution by Means of the "General Strike,"109; "Government Will Disappear,"110; Remuneration for Work and the "Man-Day,"111; Doctrine and Examples of Sabotage,111.
INDUSTRIAL WORKERS OF THE WORLD IN ACTION,114
I. W. W. Trials and Socialist Support,114; Revolutionary Threats,115; Plotting Against the United States,116; I. W. W. Publications,116; Propaganda Among Foreigners,117; The Paterson Strike,117; The I. W. W. Atheistic and Anti-Religious, 118; Arousing the Negro,119; Arousing the Chinese,120; I. W. W. Songs,120; Socialists Favor the I. W. W.,122; Pretended Anti-Sabotage Policy of the Socialist Party,124; Gene Debs in Love with Bill Haywood,126; I. W. W. Attitude Toward Bolshevism,128; Drawing Together of Radicals,129; "Left Wing" Socialists and the I. W. W.,131; I. W. W. Help in Establishing Russian Bolshevism,133; Socialist Drift Toward I. W. W.'ism,135; Growth of Syndicalism Throughout the World,136.
BOLSHEVIST RULE IN RUSSIA,138
Rise of Russian Bolshevists,138; Bolshevist Constitution,139; Land Confiscation in Socialist Russia,140; Peasant Warfare,141; The Russian Soviets,142; "Liberty" in Socialist Russia,145; Justice in Bolsheviki-land,146; Bolshevist Atheism and Religious Persecution,146; Church and State "Separated,"147; Michigan Left Wing "Lets the Cat Out of the Bag,"149; Education Under Lenine's Government,151.
RUSSIA RED WITH BLOOD AND BLACK WITH CRIME,153
The Red Terror,153-5; "Take Our Lives But Spare Our Children,"156; 500 Butchered in a Night,157; Horrors of Bolshevik Prisons,158; Atrocities and Tortures,159; Petrograd, "City of the Dead,"160; 76 Uprisings,161; "Criminal Element" in Office, 161; "A Lapse Into Barbarity,"162; Nationalization of Women,163; "The Bureau of Free Love,"166; Forcible Abolition of Celibacy,167; The "Call" Lauds Bolshevism, 168; "S. O. S., An Appeal to Humanity,"169; "Every Pore" of Russia's "Body 1 Shedding Blood,"170; Lenine Working for World-Wide Bolshevism,170; Official 2 Bolshevist Organ in New York,172; American Socialists Want Bolshevism,173; Bolshevism's Economic Failure Revealed by Lincoln Eyre,173; After Destroying "Capitalism" Lenine Seeks "Foreign Capital,"174; Bolshevism Has Sacrificed "the Health of Future Generations,"175; Trotzky Offers "Foreign Capitalists" a "Share of the Profits" from Russian Conscript Labor,175.
EUROPEAN SPARTACIDES AND COMMUNISTS,177
Spartacides of Germany,177; Origin of Name,177; Violent Principles,177; Rowdies and Ruffians Approved by American Socialists,177; Spartacan Terrorism,178; Communists of Bavaria,178; Terrorism in Munich,179; The Peasants Rise While the Communists Plunder,179; American Socialists Allied With the Scum of Bavaria,179; Communists of Hungary,180; Free-Lovers,180; Churches Converted Into Music Halls,180; Budapest Painted Red,180; American Socialists Lined Up With European Thugs,181.
THE BOLSHEVISM OF AMERICAN SOCIALISTS,182
Pink Booklet "About Russia,"182; Lenine Tells Why Bolshevism Requires "A World Revolution,"183; American Socialists "Greet" Bolshevist "Ambassador,"184; Poem on Liebknecht,185; The "Call" Endorses Communism, Bolshevism and Spartacism, 186; Hillquit Hails Foreign Radicals,188; American Socialist Papers Are Bolshevist, 188-93; Debs a "Bolshevik" and "Flaming Revolutionist,"194.
VIOLENCE, BLOODSHED AND ARMED REBELLION,196
Socialist Riots,196; Trouble at Gary,197; Haywood Says Socialists are Conspirators Against U. S. Government,199; Jack London on the International "Fighting Organization,"200; Berger Says Socialists "Must Shoot,"201; "Blow Open the Vaults of the Banks,"202; Haywood and Bohn Say the Socialist "Does Not Hesitate to Break" the Laws,203; "I am Law Abiding Under Protest," Says Debs, "and Bide My Time,"203; Scott Nearing "Wants War,"205.
PATRIOTISM RIDICULED AND DESPISED,207
Socialists Against Patriotism,207; American Flag Scouted,207; "Honor the Uniform? No, Spit on It,"208; The "Call" Derides Our Soldiers Returning from France,208; "I Spit Upon Your Flag! I Loathe the Stars and Stripes! To Hell With Your Flag! Down With the Stars and Stripes! Run Up the Red Flag!"210; Debs Attacks the American Flag,210.
THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST OUR COUNTRY,212
I. W. W. Conspirators,213; "The Future of Socialism Lies in the General Strike, Armed Insurrection and Forcible Overthrow of All Existing Social Conditions,"213; Left Wing Socialists by Strikes and Industrial Unions to Establish "the Dictatorship of the Proletariat,"215; Government Raids,215; Communist Parties for Overthrow of Government,215-219; Socialist Party More Dangerous Than the Communists, 219-221; American Socialists Part of the "Invisible Empire,"222-4; Secret Resignations in the Socialist Party,225-6; Socialist Party for "Mass Action," "General Strikes" and "Industrial Unionism" to Seize "the Industries and Control of the Government of the United States,"227-32; Winnipeg General Strike,230-1; The Socialist Party Joins the Third (Moscow) International,232-7; Imitates Moscow's Program and Methods,237-40; Socialists Acclaim Debs, the Convict,242-5; Hillquit Threatens the New York Legislature with a General Strike,245-6; Socialists Disguise Their Principles at the New York Assembly Trial,246-51; Walling Rejects Socialist Peace Pretensions,251; The Russian Soviet Government Talks Peace While Its International Plots War,252-257; Wholesale Law-Breaking of American Socialists Justified at the Assembly Trial,257-62; Their Traitorous Principles and Propaganda, 263-66; Socialists "Enter the Government" to Destroy It,266; Forewarned Is Forearmed,266-7.
SOCIALISM A PERIL TO WORKINGMEN,268
Socialist Chaos and Anarchy,268; Discontent in the Socialist State,269; Perils of Confiscation,270-2; Liberty Bonds and Insurance,273; Unworkable Labor Schemes, 273-7; Forcing Women to Work,277; Political Corruption,277; Quarrels Over Religion and Free-Love,278; Lincoln Eyre Reveals Socialism's Economic Failure in Russia,279-91; "Lenine and Trotzky More Absolute Than Any Czar,"281; Starvation and Disease,282-3; Military Confiscation of Russian Labor,283-8; Lenine and Trotzky Invite "Foreign Capital" to Share the Profits from Exploiting the Wage-Slaves of Bolsheviki-land,288-9; Death for Russian Wage-Slaves Who Strike Against Their Socialist Task-Masters,290.
THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST RELIGION ABROAD,292
Ingersoll Argument Refuted,293; Economic Determinism,293; Atheism of European Socialists,294-5; "There Must Be War Between Socialism and the Church,"296; Socialists "All more or Less Avowed Atheists,"297; "No Man Can Be Consistently Both a Socialist and a Christian,"298; Socialism Persecutes Religion in Yucatan, 298.
THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST RELIGION IN AMERICA,301
Socialism Turns Ministers Into Atheists,301-2; Spargo Says Socialism Cannot Tolerate Religious Schools,302; Anti-Religious Poems in "Call,"303; The "Call" Has "No Use" for "Christ,"304; "Religion Spells Death to Socialism," as Socialism "Does to Religion,"305; "Socialism Logical Only When It Denies the Existence of God,"306; "Christmas Is a Crime,"307; Blasphemous Socialist Catechism for Children,308; A Socialist Says "Socialism Is Anti-Christ,"309; Hypocrisy of Hillquit, Berger and Other Leaders in Concealing the Socialist Party's Irreligion to Get Votes,310-315; Hillquit Says "Ninety-Nine Per Cent of Us" Are "Agnostic,"311.
THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE FAMILY,317
Socialist Books Advocate Free-Love,317; Socialists Dodge the Truth by Arguments About Prostitution,318-19; The "Call's" Poem on "The Harlot,"320; Socialist Advocates of Free-Love,320-2; Victor Berger's Milwaukee Company Sells Free-Love Literature,322; Free-Love Stuff Sold by Kerr and Company and the National Office of the Socialist Party,323-9.
THE CONSPIRACY AGAINST THE RACE,330
The "Call," chief Organ of the Socialist Party in New York, An Obscene Vehicle of Propaganda for Race-Suicide, Teaching "All Within Its Polluting Reach to Violate One of the Laws of the State of New York,"330-41.
SOCIALIST ORGANIZATION AND "BORING IN",342
Organizing Activity of Socialists,342; Dues-Paying Members, Locals and Branches, 342; 400 Socialist Periodicals in the United States,343; Use of Books and Leaflets, 344; Financial Support by Rich Radicals,345; Red Propaganda to Proselytize Labor and Promote Strikes,346; Effect on the American Federation of Labor,347; I. W. W.'s "Boring from Within,"348; William R. Foster, An I. W. W., Leads the A. F. of L. Steel Strike,348-9.
ENLISTING RECRUITS FOR THE CONSPIRACY,350
Socialist Sunday Schools,350; "Catch Them Young,"351; Lesson 24 from the "Socialist Primer,"352; Socialist Propaganda Among School Children by Townley's Non-Partisan League,353; The Teachers' Union of New York City,354; The Inter-Collegiate Socialist Society,355; Radical College Professors,356; The Rand School,357; Socialist Propaganda Among Immigrants,358; Socialist Naturalization Bureau,359; The Red Curse Among Women,359; Among Soldiers and Sailors,360; Socialist Cartoons and Movie Films,360; Making Rebels of Negroes,361.
EXPERTS IN THE ART OF DECEPTION,363
Must Socialism Be Good Because Something Else Is Bad?363; Socialist Party Platform Planks Unreliable,365; Socialists Disagree on Land Ownership,365-8; Government Ownership of Public Utilities Is Not Socialism,369; Double-Faced Socialists,370; The Burden of Proof Rests on the Socialist,371; The "Lunatic" Sophistry,372; Sophistry That Labor Earns All Wealth,373; Vote-Getting by Advocating Popular Schemes,375; Latest Dodge of Red Organizations to Hide from Prosecution by Changing Their Names,375; The Socialist Party Not a Real Workingmen's Party,376.
THE CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE REDS,377
High Time to Fight the Reds,377; Read and Circulate Anti-Socialist Literature,378; Warn Our School Children,379; Quiz the Soap-Box Orators,380; Expel Socialist School Teachers,380; Tasks for the National Government,381; Oppose Socialism in a Nation-Wide Campaign of Education,382.
Convention of the Socialist Party of the United States, May 8-14, 1920.