society are exhausted.
Capital can fold its arms, and wait six months; it can wait a year.
It will be poorer, but it does not get to the bottom of the purse.
It can afford to wait; it can tire you out, and starve you out. And what is there against that immense preponderance of power on the part of capital?
That makes the wealth of all, the wealth of every one
. So I welcome organization.
I do not care whether it calls itself Trades-union, Crispin
, International, or Commune; anything that masses up the units in order that they may put in a united force to face the organization of capital, anything that does that, I say amen
to it. One hundred thousand men!
It is an immense army.
I do not care whether it considers chiefly the industrial or the political questions; it can control the nation if it is in earnest.
The reason why the Abolitionists brought the nation down to fighting their battle is that they were really in earnest, knew what they wanted, and were determined to have it. Therefore they got it. The leading statesmen and orators of the day said they would never urge abolition; but a determined man in a printing-office said that they should, and they did it.
And so it is with this question exactly.
Brains govern this country; and I hope to God the time will never come when brains won't govern it, for they ought to. And the way in which you can compel the brains to listen and to attend to you on the question of labor, actually to concentrate the intellectual power of the nation upon it, is by gathering together by hundreds of thousands, no matter whether it be on an industrial basis or a political basis, and saying to the nation, “We are the numbers, and we will be heard,” and you may be sure that you will.
Now, an Englishman has but one method to pursue, to be heard.
He puts his arm up among the cog-wheels of the industrial machine, and stops it. That