13 thoughts on “1914-1918 world war and 2014

  1. So what is the working class expected to do? make a Anderson shelter in their back yard to prepare for a nuclear war?
    If the rise of China was all part of the first worlds plan to transfer from a agricultural country to a industrial basket to be used by the West as the new slave movement, is it surprising as they worked through this transference would emerge as a military power to now protect its infrastructure? we now have American troops up North in Australia, what to protect Australia?


    • No, such shelters don’t work in nuclear wars.

      I would think rather of mass actions to prevent wars.

      Nick Beams concludes his article:

      “As Trotsky wrote: “War is the method by which capitalism, at the climax of its development, seeks to solve its insoluble contradictions. To this method the proletariat must oppose its own method, the method of the social revolution.””


      • Not sure of what Trotsky means but I marched on the Bertram Russel, marches in the 1960’s, that walked through the center of London, I understand their were two hundred and fifty thousand that marched, the fact that these marches appeared to change nothing regarding war, shows me the ruling elite are totally impervious to any thing like change, this is why they are so dangerous. Al the same the elite no doubt would have shelters that work. that’s why they would be more inclined to push on for the Big war.


        • I think the 1960s CND marches, though they did not abolish nuclear weapons, may very well have prevented nuclear war between NATO and the Warsaw pact. The 2003 anti-Iraq war demonstrations did not stop the Iraq war; but they prevented the US armed forces from invading Syria and/or Iran as well; as hardliners in the Bush administration then wanted. Recently, the movements in Britain and the USA prevented Cameron and the Pentagon from attacking Syria. So, demonstrations may “appear” to change nothing, but in fact, they sometimes do.

          Trotsky meant taking away the political power of the ruling class by the working class.


  2. 75 years ago: Tom Mooney given a full pardon

    On January 7, 1939, class-war prisoner Tom Mooney was given a full pardon by California Governor Culbert Olson. A militant worker, socialist and editor of The Revolt newspaper, Mooney had served 22 years in prison on frame-up charges of detonating a bomb on “San Francisco Preparedness Day” in 1916, as the business elite of the West Coast city sought to prepare the population for entry into WWI. He became a powerful symbol of class oppression, as workers in the US and around the world rallied to his cause.

    The bombing killed 10 people and wounded 41 more. Mooney had previously warned trade union workers to be wary of the parade, as a disturbance might be used to attack opponents of entry into the war.

    There was little evidence to convict Mooney, or his co-defendant, Warren K. Billings, but there was even less chance that they would receive a fair trial in the atmosphere of war hysteria whipped up by the administration of Woodrow Wilson. Mooney and Billings were sentenced to death. As protests around the world mounted on Mooney’s behalf, including in Petrograd, Wilson himself became concerned, and intervened to have the sentence commuted to life in prison.

    In issuing his pardon, Olson, a liberal Democrat, pleaded with Mooney to speak out against “the futile and inhuman chaos of bloodshed and revolution.” Ever class conscious, Mooney did no such thing. He instead announced that he would dedicate the rest of his life “to building a new and better social order.” On his release, he marched along the route of the 1916 parade at the head of a hundred longshoremen, brandishing their hooks.

    Mooney came out of prison a sick and elderly man. He died in 1942. The California Federation of Labor rejected a proposal to pay for his hospital treatment, branding his politics too radical.



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