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OFFENSIVE SOCIALISM., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 89, 15 April 1909
,(To the Editor.) , Sir,--iMany letters have of late been appearing in the "Star" columns on this great question of Socialism. Now, I believe that the majority of true Auckland citizens will support the views expressed by '*True Britisher." These Socialist gentlemen have not done much yet,»t any rate, to benefit pur province. On the contrary, it appears that they are trying to gain notoriety by donkeylike talking and acting at our Grey statue, main street corners, and—shame on them!—at our public meetings, where they come just to create a disturbance. Then, again, this Socialist party does not follow Christian social teachings (these are "rather beyond their power of comprehension), but believe in nothing but what is material, tangible, and at hand; and they try to persuade people to read a book on. the "Social Struggles of our Mother Country," thinking that the tales in that book apply similarly to our Dominion. What thoughtful' brains to have! In conclusion, I think our Government should place, either the Hen and Chickens or the Great Barrier Islands at the disposal of our Auckland Provincial Socialist party and their followers to start life anew on their much-thought-out principles. Either of these groups of islands are near to our city, and we would soon be able to hear of this hindrance party's success or otherwise. Our island reformers could indulge in plenty of fishing and honey-making, especially at the Barriers, and Auckland could be the recipient of their goods.— I am, etc., DREADNOUGHT. (To the Editor.) Sir, —Your ridiculing correspondent, "True Britisher," has evaded every issue pertaining to the question under discussion. TO level charges indiscriminately against a party whose aims he does not understand is the height of ignorance and selfishness. If the wording of his last letter means anything at all, it means that he has no knowledge of what Socialism signifies, and the enormous weight of evidence produced by impartial anti-socialists against our present politic cal economic system is entirely ignored by him. When I write of Socialism, I do not mean Tolstoy anarchism; I do not mean non-patriotism; I do not mean impudent plunder of those who by dint of energy and consistent action have amassed wealth, wllich provides home comforts. My Sooialism is the greatest good for the greatest number — lives filled with those comforts and joys which ought in justice be the workers'. I will not meet random epithet with random epithet, . but will add one specific comment on "True Britisher's" charges of laziness —viz., that there are hundreds and thousands among the Socialists who live neither lazy, drunken nor vicious persons. As for wealth, not a few have some means-pterhaps more than has "True Britisher"—l speak for myself. I need not here detail the honourable members of society who subscribe to socialist, propaganda; their names are legion. With regard to the sneer about German goods and Asiatics swamping New Zealand, the one ie as difficult as the other to combat. So long as our Government allow these things, so long must they prove a menace to our national prosperity. New Zealand, Aye are told, is a land wherein caste and class distinctions are unknown. I have to say that there is as riiuch class distinction as there is in any other colony under the canopy of the blue skies. And I am not certain that oven under a Socialist Government class distinctions would not prevail—heredity and environment are factors in human lives which we have to consider. Customs die hard, and it bus for centuries been one long struggle to overcome privilege and bias. Then the man in the street usually believes that Socialism means the dethronement of God and annihilation of Christian doctrine and belief. I have to Bay that this is a "suggestio falsi." There is not an atom of truth in such a statement, nor is there any truth that "free love" forms any part of the Socialist propaganda, for free love means free lust; and he who resorts to the base and immoral practice is j'uet as great a heathen as can be conceived. It is not denied that Socialism will be some time ere it achieves its final goal. Christianity and other systems were not the work of a year, but of prolonged years of carnage and butcheries which disgrace the history of nations. But in some form Socialism will become the ruling power. Reformations do not become supreme factors in human affairs in a day. It needs years in order to educate the people to east aside cruel selfishness and adopt measures which supply the best to all mankind. "As a matter of fact, education is one of the greatest factors yet established to overcome tyranny and oppression: Only turn back the pages of history, and what do we find? Have we not to-day a system, bad as it is, that produces genius and enables craftsmen to produce things our forefathers believed were works of hh Satanic Majesty? Surely. "True Britisher" must well know that humanity stands to-day at the parting of the waye And if he would only become serious and study the facts before his eyes, he would recognise that we are hastening towards some unknown goal, impelled by an overmastering desire for happiness antf creature comforts. To-day it hesitates, lightnearted enough; but every serious th"inker knows how momentous the final decision may be. It is apparently deserting the old path which led up to class privilege and plunder, to selfishness and coercive forces, for a path that will lead to things more in harmony with righteousness, justice, and truth.—l tm, etc., BARA f OSTUS.
OFFENSIVE SOCIALISM., Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 89, 15 April 1909
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