An understanding of education as the provision of information (often in the form of or accompanied by opinion) always dominated the pages of the Clarion. This included many descriptions of key economic concepts (Lafargue; "Value"; "Wealth"); extracts from the writings of Marx and Engels (Marx, "Chapter"; Marx and Engels, "Bourgeois"; Marx, "Marx on Cheapness"); summaries or explanations of key Marxist topics (Hazell; Simons); extracts from authors such as Oscar Wilde and Friedrich Nietzsche (Wilde; Hibernicus); and regular advertisements for socialist literature available in Canada and America.
Emphasis on the selection and dissemination of non-fiction literature by a known cast of international authors was also part of an overall differentiation of the Clarion, and to a lesser degree other socialist papers advertised in the Clarion (for example, Cotton's Weekly, British Columbia Federationist, Robutchyj Narod), from the "reptile press" ("Law").
As an early advertisement states, the Clarion considered itself "The only Labor Paper in Canada that advocates the abolition of the wage system and the ending of Labor's exploitation" ("Do Not Forget").
The Clarion attempted to create and extend international and national links to further a clear and more positive sense of belonging.
As described, the Clarion followed from both the moderate Citizen and Country and the revolutionary Nanaimo Clarion, and despite the rise of a centralized, national organization in 1904, the SPC never managed to contain the inherently unstable relations between practical reform and revolutionary consciousness, a schism that eventually, or repeatedly, divided the membership and threatened the existence of the organization.
The important role of the Clarion with respect to the maintenance of SPC membership led to several changes.
The use of poems, short stories, and novels would seem to offer greater potential to increase readership of the Clarion and support for the SPC.
It was, however, the only novel published in the Clarion. Unlike the Trades Journal (Spring Hill, N.S., 1880 to 1891), for example, which repeatedly published society and sensation novels from Britain and America, it did not signal a sustained effort to popularize the paper.
The Clarion, although obviously interested in altering format and content to attract (or entertain) readers, seems to have been unable or unwilling to consistently or effectively do so.
Letters to the Clarion from sympathetic contributors were often signed "Yours for the revolution" or "Yours in revolt" Such limited communication circuits were the bread and butter of the Clarion.
"A Lady's View" Western Clarion. 2 December 1911: 1.
"Asia and Africa Awakening" Western Clarion. 31 March 1906: 1, 3.
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