Source: Truth Seeker
Source type: magazine
Document type: letter to the editor
Document title: “A Plan That Is Not Approved”
Author(s): Wheeler, George B.
Date of publication: 23 November 1901
Volume number: 28
Issue number: 47
|Wheeler, George B. “A Plan That Is Not Approved.” Truth Seeker 23 Nov. 1901 v28n47: p. 746.|
|penal colonies (anarchists); anarchism (personal response).|
|Kate Austin; Emma Goldman; Elizabeth Cady Stanton; George B. Wheeler.|
|Click here to view the letter to the editor by Mel Pierce that the letter below is written in response to.|
A Plan That Is Not Approved
It has been a long time since I have read such an illogical proposal as that made under the caption of “The ‘Island Plan’ Proposed” in The Truth Seeker of Nov. 9 regarding the treatment of people who disagree with the writer about government.
The “Island Plan” is a brilliant idea, but it is not original. For a thousand years every thinker who dared to advocate a change of laws for the betterment of humanity has been invited to pack his grip and get to some island or desert where he could live his ideal. As the writer takes so kindly to the idea, perhaps he will agree to go to some island dedicated to Freethought, together with other Freethinkers and agitators whose ideas are not in accord with those of their Christian neighbors. Why should the Anarchists remain here and help Liberals to keep the Bible out of the public schools, agitate for the taxation of church property, and advocate and demonstrate the maxim of the author of the Declaration of Independence—“that government is best which governs least?” Away with them!—Kate Austin, Emma Goldman, Mrs. Stanton, and every other noble woman or man who has ever raised voice or pen against repressive laws and statutes. Of course we would miss them, especially your correspondent, for self-government in religion is the first step toward self-govern- [sic] in all things. Fraternally yours,
G. B. W .