Source: Mother Earth
Source type: magazine
Document type: editorial column
Document title: “Observations and Comments”
Date of publication: October 1912
Volume number: 7
Issue number: 8
Pagination: 238-43 (excerpt below includes only page 238)
|“Observations and Comments.” Mother Earth Oct. 1912 v7n8: pp. 238-43.|
|McKinley assassination (personal response: anarchists); McKinley presidency (criticism); society (criticism).|
|Leon Czolgosz; Marcus Hanna; William McKinley.|
Observations and Comments [excerpt]
ON the 29th of October it will be eleven years since Leon Czolgosz died in
the electric chair at Auburn Prison. He shot President McKinley, the
most servile and willing agent the plutocracy of America ever had in the White
House. During the McKinley régime the government began to play quite openly
the rôle of the retainer of the rich, with the result that to-day it represents
only the dictates of a few money princes. At the same time there began under
Mark Hanna, McKinley’s real boss, that labor policy, which on the one hand advised
the workers legally to incorporate their organizations, and on the other held
bayonets ready, to murder them as soon as they evidenced signs of independent
action. It did not require much effort, under the McKinley rule, for the masters
to procure the mobilization of troops against their striking workers.
The act of Czolgosz was one of the results of this situation. His shots proved that now and then pressure from above finds an echo below that does not sound very pleasantly in the ears of the masters. This has ever been the case, since the first oppressor found his Brutus.
The best cure against Attentate is liberty, equality, and well-being for all. But as our perverted public opinion—fabricated by the mouthpieces of the ruling interests—could not stomach this simple truth, Czolgosz had to be represented as a very monster, devoid of all humanity.
Let them continue to assert it—his attitude in court, his manly demeanor all through his terrible ordeal, proved that his act resulted from the very disposition and motives which mankind generally considers as the noblest.
We have not the least doubt that the future historians, who will not be content with picturing the glories of great generals and their armies, but who will deal with the struggles of humanity for greater freedom, will assign to Leon Czolgosz a more honorable niche in the temple of humanity, than to William McKinley.