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Jack Houston’s Editorials in the OBU Bulletin: 23 August 1919

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Exit and Debut No. 2

“We” is in jail. We are late with this issue. We have no apologies to make. We should not be late with this issue, but we of the Working Class have several things to learn. One matter especially demands our immediate attention, and that is the matter of organization and education.

Circumstances are possibly somewhat unusual at the moment of writing, but it is the unusual that we have to be prepared to meet. The future undoubtedly holds more of the unusual than the past and if we would avoid anarchy we, the workers, must be prepared to meet it NOW.

The old rank-and-file policy of “Laissez-faire” and “so-and-so will attend to it” has got to go into history. If not, then a few will have to suffer and the mob will be treated to a dose of mob-medicine, a WHIFF OF GRAPESHOT.

This is addressed to YOU. If you need a simpler and more obvious illustration of our helplessness under certain circumstances then your proverbial stupidity and ignorance still requires treatment, and treatment it will most assuredly get.

EVERY WORKER must educate himself or herself to take the position of the man or woman in front. For every one put out of action there must be ten ready to take their place.

Notwithstanding our numbers the scales are weighted heavily against us, for we lack cohesion, discipline, class-consciousness, and that active participation in events that only comes in useful form through an intelligent and understanding survey of any situation that may arise.

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