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arbitration, and most of the party programmes contain statements to that effect.'
It must not be supposed that the orthodox Marxists refuse to endorse the party programme. But whereas the Revolutionists consider legisla- tive reforms as of secondary importance and some extremists even look at them askance as tending to weaken the antagonism between the classes, which they believe to be the essential revolution- ary force, the Revisionists regard such reforms as necessary steps toward the establishment of com- plete Collectivism. They hold, moreover, that every reform is not only a positive gain on the side of justice, a positive advance toward their goal, but also a valuable means of educating the
' The programmes of the principal European Socialist parties are to be found in Modern Socialism^ edited by R. C. K. Eusor (Harpers). I quote the following from the platform adopted by the Socialist Party of the United States of America at Chicago in May, 1904 :
" To the end that the workers may seize every possible advantage that may strengthen them to gain complete control of the powers of government, and thereby the sooner establish the co-operative commonwealth, the So- cialist Party pledges itself to watch and work in both the economic and the political struggle for each successive im- mediate interest of the working class ; for shortened days of labour and increase of wages ; for the insurance of the ■workers against accident, sickness, and lack of employ- ment ; for pensions for aged and exhausted workers ; for the public ownership of the means of transportation, communication, and exchange ; for the graduated taxa- tion of incomes, inheritances, and of franchise and land