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Source: Lucifer, the Light-Bearer
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial
Document title: none
Author(s): Harman, Moses
Date of publication: 16 October 1901
Volume number: 5
Issue number: 40
Series: third series
Pagination: 326

Harman, Moses. [untitled]. Lucifer, the Light-Bearer 16 Oct. 1901 v5n40 (3rd series): p. 326.
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Leon Czolgosz (as anarchist); anarchism; Leon Czolgosz (religion); Christianity.
Named persons
George C. Brooks; Leon Czolgosz.
Click here to view the letter to the editor (by George C. Brooks) that the editorial below is written in response to.

The date of publication provided by the magazine is October 16, E. M. 301.

Whole No. 887.

Alternate magazine title: Lucifer, the Lightbearer.



     Well, let us see: Suppose that instead of calling himself an Anarchist, Czolgosz had called himself a Christian of the “non-resistant” type—“resist not evil etc.,” would not Friend Brooks say that the act of the assassin belied his words? Anarchy—logical and philosophic, seeks the destruction of rulership, not of rulers. Philosophy and experience both teach that to kill rulers and thus make martyrs of them, is the surest way to defeat the purpose of Anarchy, the surest way to strengthen and perpetuate the despotism of man over his fellowman.
     To speak of the “intelligence and philosophy” of the poor miserable wretch who now cowers and moans in the death ward at Auburn prison, is a travesty on language. It now transpires that Czolgosz was born and reared in the bosom of the Catholic church; his murderous act shows him to be a good Catholic, a logical Christian—“Without the shedding of blood there is no remission.” Of all the great religions of the world the Christian, and especially the Roman Catholic, is the most consistently and uniformly bloody. Anarchism is a philosophy, not a religion. Philosophy is love and wisdom. Love and wisdom are the opposite of hate and revenge, and therefore has no use for bloodshed.



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