Source: Evening Argus
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Anarchy Cannot Be Tolerated Here”
Author(s): Bryan, William Jennings
City of publication: Owosso, Michigan
Date of publication: 27 September 1901
Volume number: 10
Issue number: 57
|Bryan, William Jennings. “Anarchy Cannot Be Tolerated Here.” Evening Argus 27 Sept. 1901 v10n57: p. .|
|McKinley assassination (personal response); anarchism (personal response); anarchism (legal penalties).|
Anarchy Cannot Be Tolerated Here
FREE governments may be overthrown, but they cannot be reformed
by those who violate the commandment “Thou shalt not kill.” Under a government
like ours every wrong can be remedied by laws, and the laws are in the hands
of the people themselves.
ANARCHY CAN BE NEITHER EXCUSED NOR TOLERATED HERE.
The man who proposes to right a public wrong by taking the life of a human being makes himself an outlaw and cannot consistently appeal to the protection of the government which he repudiates. He invites a return to a state of barbarism in which each one must at his own risk defend his own rights and avenge his own wrongs.
THE PUNISHMENT ADMINISTERED TO WOULD BE ASSASSINS, AND TO THEIR COCONSPIRATORS [sic], IF THEY HAVE ANY, SHOULD BE SUCH AS TO WARN ALL INCLINED TO ANARCHY THAT WHILE THIS IS AN ASYLUM FOR THOSE WHO LOVE LIBERTY IT IS AN INHOSPITABLE PLACE FOR THOSE WHO RAISE THEIR HANDS AGAINST ALL FORMS OF GOVERNMENT.