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Friday May 8, 1903
From The Comrade: "How I Became a Socialist"

William Thurston Brown
The Comrade continues its monthly series, "How I Became a Socialist," by featuring Comrade William Thurston Brown in the May issue. Comrade Brown describes the long path which brought him from being a devout Christian minister to leaving the church and becoming a Socialist. We can share only a small portion of that long journey here and refer our readers to The Comrade for the rest of Comrade Brown's story.
It cannot be said that in leaving the church I became an atheist, for the reason that from the very first it was ethically and intellectually impossible for me to have any God, unless he were at least as good as the best man or woman I knew. I am waiting for human society, organized under the impulse of love and for the ends of highest individual unfolding and personal freedom, to furnish me with a deity whom I can worship. Meanwhile, I shall have to worry along with the help of such friendship and fellowship and love as life affords.
Comrade Brown speaks of his love for the working class struggle without romanticizing the laboring classes:
Ideals are the soul of society, the inspiration of life. But only such intellectual perverts as "Mother" Eddy make the mistake of ignoring its material bases. A considerable number of people can be maintained in comparative luxury for years to come, I have no doubt, upon the superstition and ignorance of the people — witness the persistence of churches, faith healers, mental healers, Christian Scientists. Elbert Hubbards, and so on. On the other hand, one may well doubt whether the great working class is yet competent to produce a permanent social order. The sordidness of its factional strifes, the almost fiendish brutality of some of its internal struggles, and the absurd superstitions of which it is such an easy prey are enough to make one doubt whether our social hopes are to find fulfilment in the impending industrial revolution.    

And yet, the working class seems to me the only hope of better things morally, politically or individually. The emancipation of the working class means the end of individual exploitation of every sort. It is a class struggle and must be a class triumph. There can be no such thing as one man's gain at the expense of another man's loss, in this struggle. The working class rise together or fall together. And with their rise or fall all the best interests of mankind rise or fall.

Fellowship and freedom — these are the two things which make life worth living; self-expression through labor in fellow ship and freedom. It was only literal truth that John Ball spoke when he said: "Fellowship is life, and lack of fellowship is death; fellowship is heaven and lack of fellowship is hell." The working class stands for fellowship, whether it knows it or not, fellowship of the most fundamental sort — the comradeship of toil. And as soon as it sloughs off the superstitions which priestcraft has fostered and which fakirs of many kinds cultivate, it will also stand for freedom.

The Comrade
May 1903

See also:
After Capitalism What?
-by William Thurston Brown
Charles H Kerr, 1900

Thursday May 8, 1913
Charleston, West Virginia - Mother Jones Released from Military Bastille

Mother Jones was accompanied to Charleston last night by Captain R. E. Sherwood where she was released from military custody. She is staying temporarily at the Fleetwood Hotel. She met with Governor Hatfield today, but neither will relate the conversation which passed between them except to say that they discussed economic conditions.

Many suspect that her release was the result of Senator John Kern having read this telegram from Mother Jones into the Congressional Record:

From out the military prison walls, where I have been force to pass my eighty-first milestone of life, I plead with you for the honor of this Nation. I send you groans and tears of men, women, and children as I have heard them in this State, and beg you to force that investigation. Children yet unborn will rise and bless you.
                                                           Mother Jones
It is expected that Mother will leave for Washington D.C. where the Kern Resolution is being debated.

The Court-Martial of
Mother Jones

-ed by Edward M Steel Jr
U Press of KY, 1995

The Correspondence of
Mother Jones

-ed by Edward M Steel
U of Pittsburgh Press, 1985

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Wednesday May 8, 2013
Cleavland, Ohio - Charles Ramsey, Dishwasher, Working Class Hero

Charles Ramsey, neighbor, heard the screaming, took action, went and did what he needed to do.
We have five candles lit in our home: one each for Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight, one for the little daughter of Amanda Berry, and one for Charles Ramsey.

A fund has been set up for Charles Ramsey:

Carry It On
If you can't go on any longer,
Take the hand of your brother;
Every victory will bring another.
Carry it on, carry it on.

Originally posted to Hellraisers Journal on Wed May 08, 2013 at 03:00 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions, Anti-Capitalist Chat, and Shamrock American Kossacks.

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