ITALIAN ANARCHIST TALKS ABOUT CZOLGOSZ.
Compares the Shooting of McKinley to the Capture of Aguinaldo.
London, Sept. 13.—Malatesta, the Italian
anarchist, when interviewed, today, regarding the attack on President
“Why should anarchists condemn Czolgosz
when the American government is the real teacher of violence? Anarchy
wishes to abolish violence, but the Americans slaughter weaker people
in the Philippines and Cuba, and England slaughters the Boers. Why
should there be a cry of ‘good’ when the government; and ‘bad’ when
the individual, resorts to force?
“The people call Czolgosz a traitor
for holding one hand toward the president, while he held a pistol
in the other. Let Americans remember how Aguinaldo was captured.
We cannot condemn Czolgosz, nor can we condemn Funston. Anarchists
do not advocate such acts, which, frankly, are those of a revolutionist.
But revolutionism is not individual; we must have the people with
us in an organized body.
“The anarchist plotters the papers
talk about are a silly myth. We are not disturbed by the talk of
repression. In a month’s time, if the president recovers, we will
hear no more of it. The people are too busy making money. Also,
history shows the futility of repression. If it is tried it will
only make the tracing of the anarchists the harder.”
When asked if there was any special
reason for Czolgosz’s act, Malatesta tapped his forehead significantly
and said: “Probably here.”