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Published in The Appeal to Reason [Girard, KS], whole no. 398 (July 18, 1903), pp. 2-5. - page 13 / 14





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Reports of State Secretaries, Socialist Party of America [1903]


preached by the dominant church — the Mormon — of Utah and is found among the published works of that religion. International Socialism though is of later date, and the organization has had its ups and downs common to the initial steps of a great revolutionary movement. The present state organization is a fair way to success, however, and from a vote of 717 in 1900, has swelled to 3,069 in 1902. There are 25 locals with memberships ranging from 6 to 50, and several groups of Socialists in isolated places, with clubs for the study of political economy. It seems that this state is pecu- liarly fitted for the cooperative commonwealth, and it may be that Utah will make great progress in solving the problem. At present the great obstacle to the growth of International Socialism is the church. But this op- position, together with the increased concentration of capital all around the people of Utah, is awakening their fears and they are beginning to see that the po- litical action along Socialist lines is the only salvation for them as producers of raw materials. Utah needs more propaganda work. I believe that if the people understood the principles of Socialism better that they would elect municipal officers on the Socialist ticket. A good municipal platform was formulated by the annual state convention, and all city elections will be held under the same platform, the state throughout making a uniform stand in municipal matters. A good many Socialist papers circulate in the state and the Appeal is making great headway. The people read all literature on the subject readil , but finances are <illeg.> and the dues system being but little understood in connection with political propaganda work, has an uphill struggle. But Socialists are generally joining the union of their craft, and the leaven is working. Taking it as a whole Utah will be heard from favorably next fall, and when the great struggle of 1904 rolls around, it is safe to say that Utah will roll up a vote of 10,000 for the Socialist ticket, and if all signs fail not, will be

Socialism in Vermont.

When anyone outside of Vermont thinks of this state, it is usually as a pastoral communit , and so deeply dyed with Republicanism he would naturally think that a Socialist could not exist here. In the past this has been partially true. But the seed has been sown and needed only the sunlight of truth and the rains of reason to make the cause blossom and bring forth fruit in the form of true Socialism. Although no Socialists have been elected to office in this state, we have cause to be proud of our record, having cast in our first state election nearly 700 votes. And we expect to make the sleek capitalists wince next year.

The 5 locals of the Socialist Party in this state — and before another moon there will be more — are made up of determined men who know what they want, and the way to get it, and they are persuading those of their own class to join hands with them in meeting a common enemy. I wish to say, if you will pardon a personal reference, that it was reading the Appeal in 1897 that made me a Socialist, and I have never missed an issue of the paper since then.

The Socialists have cause to rejoice in that they have driven the capitalist class into an organization of self defence, with David M. Parry at its head. I feel sure that the Parry Association, with the strong help of the National Economic League, will make converts for the Socialist Party. But these agencies will not do it all. We want to make a long pull and a strong pull to land our party in 1904, and to that end we must each and all join the party of our own class. The next steps are to “agitate” constantly and distribute Socialist lit- erature. Then live nobly and be a shining example of the principles we advocate.

John Anderson, Vermont State Secretary.

in the ranks of the states making it possible to have a Socialist President in 1908, when we will have the ush- ering in of the cooperative commonwealth and the brotherhood of man.

The Movement in Wisconsin.

E.L. Lund, State Secretary.

“In the multitude of words there wanteth not strife.” The harmony which has generally prevailed among the Wisconsin Social Democrats may be as- cribed to the fact that they are workers rather than talkers. The movement has been built upon Socialist

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