A Respectful Suggestion
I respectfully suggest that the individuals
who are now crying loudly for the enactment of repressive laws to
suppress the Anarchists should first study their literature, in
order that they may discover that there is no call for this bloodthirsty
cry of extermination that is being so pitilessly urged against unoffending
men, women, and children. It is true Anarchy aims to abolish government,
not by killing rulers, but by developing the thought in the minds
of men that government is not necessary; that there is room enough
on earth for men to dwell in peace and plenty without standing armies,
police, jails, and scaffolds. The Anarchist propaganda is not a
message of blood, but of peace; it appeals to reason, to human sympathy.
Study their literature, and it will be found that there is no
connection between Czolgosz’s act and the philosophy of Anarchy.
It is cruel and inhuman to hold all Anarchists responsible for the
act of one of their number. The slayer of Garfield claimed he had
a mission from God to kill the President, but did the world at large
hold Christianity responsible for that bloody act? No. Yet it is
common for Christian men and women to declare they are doing God’s
work. The upholders of government cannot kill the ideal of Anarchy
by hanging its teachers or by persecuting its adherents. If the
theory of Anarchy has no rational basis, reason is the only weapon
that will demolish it. Likewise with government, force can never
destroy it; only the power of human thought, which has slowly demolished
the false dogmas of the past, can make a breach in the wall of the
government. Humanity has nothing to fear from the development of
the mind. Laws are the creations of fallible men. Therefore there
is nothing sacred about the law that one should fear to criticise
or investigate. If a law will not bear criticism then there is something
wrong about that law.
In conclusion, I would like to ask
how many of your readers know that the author of the Declaration
of Independence was an Anarchist. He found it impracticable to adopt
the highest and best in the science of human government at that
time. The world of mankind was not yet ripe for the highest and
best. Anarchy as defined by the Century Dictionary is: “A social
theory which regards the union of order with the absence of all
direct government of man by man as the political ideal; absolute
individual liberty.” Jefferson’s great maxim was, “That government
is best which governs least,” but the privileged classes—the political
leaders, the clergy and the lawyers—have taken good care to make
it impracticable if not impossible.
. B. W .
| Chicago, Ill, Oct. 14, E. M. 301.