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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 12, No. 10. September 20th, 1949

"The Philosophy of Violence"

"The Philosophy of Violence"

Communists are accused of fostering violence, "the violent overthrow of the existing order". Communists do not advocate violence: they merely say that the workers should resist the violence of the ruling classes.

Who started the violence of the Russian Revolution? It was started by the government of the Tsar, by the police spies and the Black Hundreds, who sent thousands of workers to Siberia and to the prisons, before the standard of revolt was ever raised; and it was perpetuated by Keren-sky, who sent his troops to disarm the workers and dissolve the Soviets, and then called in the foreign armies of intervention.

Who started the violence in Spain? The friends of Franco, aided by the Luftwaffe and the Italian Fascist divisions, by the Moors and the blessing of the Church—by the Tour Insurgent Generals", who refused to be taken on the peaceful road to Socialism. And who began the violence in Czechoslovakia and Eastern Europe? Who but the Nazis and their collaborators, the holy Father Tiso, who handed over thousands of militant workers to the Naxi executioners.