The word "socialism" often implies two quite different phenomena: A doctrine and an appeal based on it, a program for changing life, and A social structure that exists in time and space.
However, those members who disagreed with this policy formed the Communist Propaganda League. On 24th May the leadership expelled 20, members who supported this faction. The process continued and by the beginning of July two-thirds of the party had been suspended or expelled.
Within a few weeks it had 60, members whereas the Socialist Party of America had only 40, The formation of the Communist Party with its emphasis on electoral politics, alienated members of the Industrial Workers of the World IWW and other militants who believed the road to revolution lay through direct or mass action.
These people argued that it was the industrial unions that would be the primary means of organizing and preparing the masses for revolutionary activity. Charles Ruthenberg was appointed as National Secretary of the party.
As the author of The Roots of American Communism pointed out: Almost no one else qualified on both counts. Another group, led by William Z.
FosterWilliam Dunne and James Cannonbelieved that their efforts should concentrate on building a radicalised American Federation of Labor.
Ruthenberg argued in an article published in Communist Labor: The party program and the party literature dealing with our program and policies should clearly express our position on this point. On this question there is no disagreement. These people were charged with "advocating force, violence and unlawful means to overthrow the Government".
Palmer and his assistant, John Edgar Hooverfound no evidence of a proposed revolution but large number of these suspects were held without trial for a long time. The vast majority were eventually released but Emma GoldmanAlexander BerkmanMollie Steimerand other people, were deported to Russia.
Benjamin Gitlow was one of those arrested. His trial began in New York City on 22nd January, He told the jury: For that reason, the socialist philosophy has always been a revolutionary philosophy and people who adhered to the socialist program and philosophy were always considered revolutionists, and I as one who maintain that, in the eyes of the present day society, I am a revolutionist.
He served over two years at Sing Sing prison.
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Charles Ruthenberg was also arrested. Ruthenberg was found guilty and sentenced to 5 years. On his release from prison Ruthenberg wrote in The Voice of Labour:Sarah Zorc, (USA) (left), a UN Volunteer with UNHCR, follows up with a refugee family on their resettlement case in the Baan Mai Noi Soi Temporary Shelter Area, Thailand.
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