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C.L.C. and I.L.P. Rapprochment. I TO THE EDITOR. Deai- it poaslbit:, to ,et an under- standing between C.L.C. men and the I.L.P. for mutual assistance against the common enemy ? What ground is common on which we may ignite to attack Capitalism ? It is' necessary all for ces making for real progress should co- operate against the formidable capitalist or- ganisation which has been strengthened by the war and its inevitable developments. THE OPPOSITION. I To the C.L.C. man political action is useless. The I.L.P. stands for political action, but not that alone. It is a propaganda and educational body see-king to convert people to Socialism. It supports trade union action and more effective industrial organisation. Many of its members are active trade union officials and form the most virile and aggressive section of organised labour. It is alive to the dangers of State SocialiStn and the servile state. The I.L.P. is not hide hound or doctrinaire. It is modifying its attitude on the question of methods of ap- plying Socialist principles to industrial prob- lems. In its ranks are many Guild Socialists and not a few industrial unionists., though it has little in common with'the Syndicalist view. THE I.L.P. OUTLOOK. I The I.L.P. is broad aud Catholic in its sym- paMlies and methods, and eminently fitted to unite all Socialists who are desirous to make real progress.. Its strict neutrality on reli- gious matters is correct; it rightly enlists the support of people of varying temperaments and outlook so long as they help towards the over- throw of the present system of society. The I.L.P. has always insisted on the Capitalist re- sponsibility for this war, and strenuously opposes the growing militarism and tyranny of the gov- erning class. For these reasons the I.L.P. should have the wholehearted support of C.L.C. men who are practical and are not the slaves of for- mulas. Those who wish to develop on industrial or on political lines should be able to work to- gether as each is the complement of the other. Why should we not push forward on all lines which awaken the mass of workers and give them more power. Would industrial unionists acquiesce in the disfranchisement of the workers? If not, it is illogical to oppose the use of the vote or the election of Socialists. This assumes the political education of the workers. Political and industrial action can be made to co-ordinate and mutually support each other. COMMUNITY OF DISGUST. I The C.L.C. man objects to the flabby sort of labour man selected in some constituencies who are not social ists, and whose main end seems to be office and honour." The I.L.P. is equally disgusted with such, but recognizes they are a reflex of the ignorance of the rank and file. A Socialist, C.L.C., or any other, cannot be ex- pected to support Labour candidates who are after personal ends, and fail to represent the real working-class cause. Industrial action alone or politics alone may fail to advance Socialism—a combination is more likely to be successful, and we are not sufficiently on the road to split on. points of ultimate application. Above all, is the 'need for education on which we are all agreed. THE IMPONDERABLES OF PROGRESS. I The I.L.P. man may porfitably turn more at- tention to economic study and the C.L.C. man makes a great mistake if he limits himself to economic investigations. He will lind the greater part of life is not explained under this category. Sentiment, the emotional subcons- cious racial traits all play a pan in human ac- tion and modify economic laws. In fact, man may make his own, economic conditions, the human will is king, and those imponderable fac- tors of religion, ideals, principles are dynamic powers making for progress. I use the word religion in a broad, Not an orthodox sense. The severely logical economic student may ridicule all this as nonsense. He is more foolish to be dogmatic and narrow-, to try to define and de- termine life on any one scientific theory. It is bigger than the broadest .philosophy. A little knowledge is dangerous, let us be modest and open-minded to truth from any source. This will not prevent us being lieeii and revolution- ary fighters against Capitalism and all its works. It is said that some C.L.C. men hate the I.L.P. more than the Capitalist System. If this were true, it would only prove the futility and error of such men. All sensible people will support the idea of unity and tolerance in our ranks, that we dwell more on the points of agreement than disagreement. By approaching the I.L.P. halfway the C.L.C. man succeeds in drawing the I.L.P. a little bis way and finally, the complete campaign will find profitable work for each section.—Yours, etc., HY. BROCKHOUSE. I

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