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Party ownership of the press - Image 27. 1931. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. July 4, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/4506/show/4496.

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(1931). Party ownership of the press - Image 27. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/4506/show/4496

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Title Party ownership of the press
Alternative Title Party ownership of the press: historic documents relating to the establishing of the principles involved
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • De Leon, Daniel, 1852-1914
Publisher New York Labor News Company
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • New York, New York
Date 1931
Description Articles by De Leon reprinted from The People (later the Weekly people)--and the Daily people, voicing the interests of the working class and the Socialist Labor Party.
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Political parties
Subject.Name (LCNAF)
  • Socialist Labor Party
Subject.Geographic (TGN)
  • United States
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
  • Image
Original Item Extent 32 pages: portrait; 24 cm
Original Item Location JK2391.S7N4 1931
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304494~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
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Transcript paper that, sailing under the name of Socialism, was, from its inception, essentially a practical business enterprise for its own employes. That paper was the New Yorker Volkszeitung. The fishiness of the Volkszeitung was too rank to be concealed. Accordingly, about fourteen years ago, the "Party" element that was sound in mind and heart found it advisable to establish a bona fide Party organ in the German language—Der Sozialist, subsequently named Vor- waerts, a weekly paper—and later managed to acquire another weekly, in the English language, named the Workman's Advocate. The editors of these two papers, Rosenberg and Bushe, respectively, were like the rest of the "Party's" national officers, weak, insignificant men, wholly unfit for their responsible posts. Nevertheless, with all their unfitness, Rosenberg and Bushe saw a glimmer of light. A political party that is not in politics struck even them as absurd. Accordingly, ten years ago, they began to pull for political action. This was immediately to run foul of the Volkszeitung. The political field acts as a purifier; it makes havoc of false pretenses. The Volkszeitung was the "organ of the S. L. P." in this city. More or less labored articles on Socialism did it no harm, and an occasional good word for the then misnomer of a Socialist Labor Party was profitable. Without these mon- keyshines the paper could not, as it was doing, drain the Party of funds —funds drained under the pretense of "upholding the Party press." That was all right. But actual politics, the putting up of an S. L. P. ticket and thus "hostilizing custom ers and advertisers" (AMONG THE LATTER OF WHOM POLITICAL CANDIDATES OF THE CAPITALIST PARTIES APPEARED not infrequently) — that was a horse of a different color, that would not do! The Volkszeitung forthwith began to nag at the then editors of the Party organs. Rosenberg and Bushe, being the lightweights they were, allowed themselves to be angered, and finally driven into a preposterous, wholly untenable and mischievous position. Having got them there, and thus isolated from the rest of the "Party" members, whom the deep villainy of the Volkszeitung intrigue escaped, the Volkszeitung crowd rose in self-righteous indignation. "Something had to be done quick"; "the Party had to be saved," and more such cant, until the "Party" membership, having been seasoned by such a campaign of perfidy, the Volkszeitung crowd found it safe to carry out their scheme. One night they broke into the Party's premises, took the two papers and all their belongings, sacked the two editors, and bounced the National Executive Committee —and that was the end of that, in 1889. Ten years have rolled by since— ten years equivalent to fifty. The very necessity that the Volkszeitung, together with its disreputable appendages, was under to disguise its real purpose behind a false issue, left it uncovered against the real danger that it had sought to escape —POLITICAL ACTION BY THE S. L. P. At the same time that the affairs of '89 were going on in the "Party," a Socialist movement, to the 25