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THE LIARS AND THEIR LYING.

There is never an industrial upheaval or a political fight on the part of Labor against the seoundrelism of the enemy within than the said enemy, raises the howl that his opponents are being financed with gold from the enemy without. Over and over again we have heard the lie bellowed, and .have seen its parrot-like repetition in the organs of the economic bushrangers that German gold was behind tho Labor movement. That lie has been published from the housetops and from the cellars of the gutter press that backs Hughes in Australia; it has been circulated in every city, town, and hamlet, of Britain; it has been sent crawling and hissing across the American vastnesses. Its sliminess has been directed against the Irish rebels and the Russian Eevolutionists, against the Italian Socialists and the French anti-militarists. Nor have the German and Austrian Socialists escaped. Every time the Liebknechts and the Luxemburgs and other anti-militarists have made their Stop-the-War demands, and every time the industrial workers have struck £01* improved conditions, they have found themselves charged with having been bribed, sometimes with British gold, sometimes with Entente gold. The London "Times" of Saturday, August 18, contained the following:—

A Berlin political news agency reports, "on authoritative information," that cards summoning a general strike in munitions industries for August 15 were distributed several days ago in Germany. It has been ascertained that , the bards emanated exclusively from the Independent Social Democratic Party. According to the cards, the aim of the strike was to bring about peace. In publishing this news the Germans attempt to establish a connection between the proclamation of the strike and the Entente offensive, declaring that it was known that the Entente had fixed the 15th for simultaneous heavy attacks on several parts of the Western front. The coincidence In time between the beginning of the Entente action and the date fixed for the strike is considered sufficient to' suggest an understanding between Entente agents and the Independent Social Democrats.

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THE LIARS AND THEIR LYING., Maoriland Worker, Volume 8, Issue 353, 28 November 1917

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THE LIARS AND THEIR LYING. Maoriland Worker, Volume 8, Issue 353, 28 November 1917

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