By Albert Uderzo
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E. those for whom affiliation fees are paid by the societies to which they belong. 2 But contributions are paid very irregularly, and M. Jouhaux reckons that the actual number of members is over 600,000. Mr. Levine, on 977,350 is the figure based by Levine on the official figures for 1910, making the necessary deductions for agricultural workers, etc. But it still includes many syndicate jaunes, which are not fighting organisations. Jouhaux, Le Syndicalisme Français, 1913, p. 9. T. has, in the last few years, grown considerably in effective membership, and we shall not be wrong in putting its effective force at quite 500,000.
There are real inquirers who, would they but turn their attention this way, could do much to formulate an up-to-date philosophy for the Labour movement. Collectivism is both too fruitful to be allowed to die, and too narrow to be the whole truth. But unless old doctrines are revised, they will perish, and there will be nothing to put in their place. It must then be realised that the unrest has not merely a cause but a justification. It is the first awakening of a new and positive demand, of a nascent philosophy which needs formulation and interpretation.
The egoism of organised groups is no doubt in itself superior to the egoism of isolated individuals, just as a band of thieves, among whom is honour, is better than a single thief, whose hand is against all men. But if egoism is to pass into something higher, organisation must not remain merely sectional: the world of Labour must be made to realise its unity, and to work together for the common good. When it does that, there is more hope that it will realise the existence of an even higher common good which is not that even of Labour as a whole, but of the entire community.
Asterix and Obelix All at Sea (Uderzo. Asterix Adventure, 30.) by Albert Uderzo