The capitalist class through its mouthorgans, the hired press, and through other channels, triumphantly announced to the world that when the war broke out the Socialists forgot all about their Socialism, that the INTERNATIONAL MOVEMENT was proven to be a dream and an illusion, and that Socialism was utterly and hopelessly crushed. The object of this little pamphlet is to prove to the world, and particularly to the working class that not SOCIALISM, but certain parties and individuals miscalling themselves Socialists, have come to grief, and that Socialism lives as strongly to-day as ever before through the SOCIALIST LABOR PARTIES of the world, i.e., those parties that subscribe to the principles of the Socialist Labor Party of America.
This pamphlet is an address adopted by the National Executive Committee of the party at its January session, 1915, and was sent to all the Socialist parties throughout the world, in the three main languages, English, French and German. A special copy was also sent to the conference of Socialists from neutral countries, held at Copenhagen, January, 1915.
The address has been translated into the following languages: English, French, German, Swedish, Danish, Hungarian, Lettish, South Slavonian and Jewish.
It is a statement of the position of the Socialist Labor Party on what the basis of a revolutionary International Socialist movement must be if it is to lead the proletariat to victory, and was, as already stated, called forth mainly by the slaughter proceeding apace in Europe, with the old International lying crushed on the ground.