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Gyptner, R.. From isolation to the masses - Image 15. 1923. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. September 20, 2019. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2589/show/2535.

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Gyptner, R.. (1923). From isolation to the masses - Image 15. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/2589/show/2535

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Title From isolation to the masses
Alternative Title From isolation to the masses; textbook for young communist leagues
Creator (Local)
  • Gyptner, R.
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Young Communist International
Publisher Publishing House of the Young International
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • Berlin, Germany
Date 1923
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Youth movements
  • Communism
  • Labor unions
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 62 pages; 12 cm
Original Item Location HX547.G97 1923
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304440~S5
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction Public Domain: This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
File Name index.cpd
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Title Image 15
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File Name uhlib_83300996_014.jpg
Transcript I (■ political organization, to perform militant work in the interests of the whole working class, this our present organization is unable to do. If our organization is to attempt this task it must get outside its own narrow boundaries, it must get at the heart of the masses. At present it touches but the fringe of the problem, and it is just this word " outside" that explains much of the helplessness of the Leagues. There is an "inside" and an "outside" and it is much easier to work "inside" the branch (socials, indoor meetings, committees etc.) than " outside ". Therefore in the circumstances the perfecting of the branch machinery gets rather more attention than it deserves and the " outside " work, shop meetings, propaganda etc. gets correspondingly less. In most of our branches this unfortunate division is made with the same regrettable results. Our members are tempted to remain within the narrow and peaceful confines of the branch and to neglect the most important work of all, the capturing of the mass of young workers outside the League; until we become a mass League in the true sense we can exercise no real influence on the course of events nor can we become a danger to the master class. There is no personal responsibility for this state of affairs and it is not to be remedied by any change of leadership. We are passing thru a transitional period and the fault is an organizational one. The leadership of a branch is generally in the hands of a chairman or two, a secretary, a treasurer, a literature secretary or two according to the size of the branch, plus two or more members elected from the general body of the members. These together form the branch committee with perhaps various committees for literature, propaganda, rambling etc. Together with a body of members who hold no office and usually do nothing but attend the branch meetings and listen to what other comrades have done, this completes the obsolete form of branch structure which today exists in all the social democratic youth organizations and which has not yet been radically changed by many of our own branches. In the larger Leagues the new shop organization has been brought into being, the shop trade union and school representatives are nationally combined thus establishing direct connection between the national head quarters and the actual places of production. This has had the effect of rendering the old branch more than ever isolated as the shop representatives go straight to the district committees and on to headquarters and not thru the branch. , The 13