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OFFENSIVE SOCIALISM.

(To the Editor.) Sir, —My numerous assailants are apparently on the home of a dilemma over my definition of local Socialism as laziness, but is it not true when they talk about carnage, starvation, etc., which does; not exist in this flourishing Dominion? It is evident a few paid Socialists are doing their utmost to stir up strife between Labour and Capital, on the " fair' divide" basis,: which, if it erer eventuated, would require to .be daily, as ten per cent of those in our midst would have the -whole before the day dosed without once referring to the 4d. book of Socialism, though they would secure the schnapper. Is it not a pertinent question to ask how many of our successful men in this city have risen from, the labour ranks through brains, 'hard work and frugality? No Socialist can harness brains, and success, no matter in, what sphere, always creates jealousy. Some may say it is luck, but no one holds the monopoly for luck; they do for brains. My socialist!!, is " The greatest good for those who make an effort to attain it by hard work," and not wait, like Mr. Micawber, till something turns up, or listen to the' meander; ings of would-be reformers, who can teJl you how to dispose of the National Debt, prevent wars and poverty, but cannot negotiate their own butcher's or grocer's bill. • Mr Long refers to the starving millions in tfie Old Country being unpatriotic, .but to a large extent 13 their condition not due to dissipation, which causes laziness and uselessness? And-why should the patriotic and energetic- millions be put in jeopardy because of the tfcpatriotic "dead boats"?—l am, etc., TRUE BRITISHER. (To the Editor.) Sir, —-"We have read and heard lately the expressions of dissatisfaction of the social conditions of not only this country, but the whole British Empire, by. the Socialistic party of this Dominion. Now, although these gentlemen profess to help the down-troddeh, in. general, it seems' to mc that they are. ea«h really thinking of himself, and care little what becomes of the Empire, so long as their own individual interests are satisfied. They are mostly men whose career in lile has not been as successful,as they would have wished it to bej and they therefore vent their spite- by abusing the Empire in general, and even insulting the flag which has protected theih, their interests, and their liberty, ever since it was first unfurled. If the state of things is ,as bad aa our Socialistic friends make them out to be, why: do they continue to live in this country at all? Let them form a nation of their own, for no one would miss them, for soiue of them practically admit that the country is not worth defending. So what earthly right have they to reap the . benefits .extended, to thjeni, andithe protection" of the Empire, if tkey doa'b

.ntend to do their share in ;defending it when occasion arises? No one would think of accepting a' man's hospitality, v at- the sam§ l time ;: abuse ; and .insult Him, even if, everything was not. quite as - good as v he thinks it should be. If he was not satisfied, he.would'pack"up his' "traps" and go somewhere" else. let these gentry do the same, for iid one compels them to Jiye here. However, even if they still insist on doing so, they can at : least keep a civil tongue in their heads, and not degrade themselves by heaping abuse on their flag and country, in spite of its fauits, is the most noble and the best on the face of the earth.—l am, etc., BRITON.

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OFFENSIVE SOCIALISM. Auckland Star, Volume XL, Issue 0, 17 April 1909

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