The Socialists and the War: A Documentary Statement of the Position of the Socialists of All Countries; with Special Reference to Their Peace Policy

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William English Walling
H. Holt, 1915 - Socialism - 512 pages

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Page 212 - The Socialist Party of the United States, in conformity with the declarations of the international Socialist movement, hereby reiterates its opposition to this and all other wars, waged upon any pretext, whatsoever...
Page 460 - ... in itself that all its laurels cannot hide its brand of Cain, had to admit that police duty is necessary and that war must be made on such war as the Germans had made by attacking France in an avowed attempt to substitute a hegemony of cannon for the comity of nations. There was no alternative. Had the Foreign Office been the International Socialist Bureau, had Sir Edward Grey been Jaures, had Mr Ramsay MacDonald been Prime Minister, had Russia been Germany's ally instead of ours, the result...
Page 489 - When the devil was sick, the devil a monk would be, When the devil was well, the devil a monk was he.
Page 153 - Bureau ; we protest against any step being taken by the Government of this country to support Russia, either directly or in consequence of any understanding with France, as being not only offensive to the political traditions of the country but disastrous to Europe, and declare that as we have no interest, direct or indirect, in the threatened quarrels which may result from the action of...
Page 144 - It devolves upon us, therefore, to avert this danger, to shelter the civilization and independence of pur native land. Therefore, we must to-day justify what we have always said. In its hour of danger Germany may ever rely upon us. We take our stand upon the doctrine basic to the international labor movement, which at all times has recognized the right of every people to national independence and national defense, and at the same time we condemn all war for conquest. We hope that as soon as our opponents...
Page 160 - Europe in which this country is involved is owing to Foreign Ministers pursuing diplomatic policies for the purpose of maintaining a balance of power ; that our own national policy of understandings with France and Russia only, was bound to increase the power of Russia both in Europe and Asia, and to endanger good relations with Germany.
Page 335 - Archduke by the hand of an assassin, and Austria saw Servia in her grasp at last. She flew at Servia; Russia flew at Austria; Germany flew at France; and the lion, with a mighty roar, sprang at last, and, in a flash, had his teeth and claws in the rival of England, and will now not let her go for all the Pacifists or Socialists in the world until he is either killed or back on his Waterloo pedestal again.
Page 212 - Socialist movement, hereby reiterates its opposition to this and all other wars, waged upon any pretext whatsoever ; war being a crude, savage and unsatisfactory method of settling real or imaginary differences between nations, and destructive of the ideals of brotherhood and humanity to which the international Socialist movement is dedicated. The Socialist party of the United States hereby expresses its condemnation of the ruling classes of Europe and points out to the world that by their action...
Page 469 - ... ownership and control of strategic waterways, such as the Dardanelles, Straits of Gibraltar, and the Suez, Panama and Kiel Canals. 5. Neutralization of the seas. IV. Extension of democracy. 1. Political democracy. (a) The declaration of offensive war to be made only by direct vote of the people. (6) Abolition of secret diplomacy and the democratic control of foreign policies. (c) Universal suffrage, including woman suffrage. 2. Industrial democracy. Radical social changes in all countries to...
Page 143 - ... all, by our co-operation with our French brothers. Our exertions have been in vain. And now we are only too surely confronted by the fact that war is upon us and that we are menaced by the terror of foreign invasion. The problem before us now is not the relative advisability of war or peace, but a consideration of just what steps must be taken for the protection of our country.

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