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Source: Free Society
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial column
Document title: “Certain Comments”
Author(s): Morton, James F., Jr.
Date of publication: 24 August 1902
Volume number: 9
Issue number: 34
Pagination: 3

Morton, James F., Jr. “Certain Comments.” Free Society 24 Aug. 1902 v9n34: p. 3.
McKinley assassination (public response: criticism); McKinley assassination (public response: socialists); McKinley assassination (news coverage: criticism).
Named persons
Emma Goldman; William McKinley; Alexandre Millerand.


Certain Comments [excerpt]

     That the Socialists do not wish their movement to be confused with any other, is natural and right enough; and I do not in any way blame them for not wishing to be called Anarchists. But I do blame them for attempting to curry favor by false denunciations of the Anarchists of the country. I blame them for their gross cowardice during the era of persecution which followed the assassination of McKinley—a cowardice strongly contrasting with the manly courage exhibited by several of the leading Single Tax organs. If the Socialists, as a body, want liberty, why do not their representative papers and orators say so? However they may differ from the views of Anarchists, they should at least be willing to accord them the rights of human beings. Yet the Socialist press of this country was silent when Millerand and his colleagues prohibited the International Anarchist Conference from assembling in Paris. It was practically silent while Emma Goldman, the Isaak family and other Anarchists were under unjust sentence in Chicago. During the whole carnival of public insanity, the entire Socialist press, save two or three little papers of small circulation, protested only against any interference with Socialist propaganda, but had no words of condemnation for the cruel and infamous outrages heaped on Anarchists in every part of the land.



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