Source: Evening Argus
Source type: newspaper
Document type: editorial
Document title: “Send the Alien Anarchist Back Home Instanter”
Author(s): Labouchere, Henry Du Pré
City of publication: Owosso, Michigan
Date of publication: 7 November 1901
Volume number: 10
Issue number: 93
|Labouchere, Henry Du Pré. “Send the Alien Anarchist Back Home Instanter.” Evening Argus 7 Nov. 1901 v10n93: p. .|
|anarchism (international response); anarchism (dealing with).|
|“By Henry Labouchere, M. P.” (p. ).|
Send the Alien Anarchist Back Home Instanter
ANARCHISTS are the enemies of the human ra[ce], and the civilization
against which they war has a right to suppress them like venomous snakes. But
this right, however, does not help us in showing how it can be exercised. It
is easy to [say?] that international measures should be taken to protect society
against anarchists. But it is not so easy to explain how measures are to be
devised which would find international ass[e]nt.
A MAN CANNOT BE PUNISHED FOR HIS OPINIONS, according to our view, nor can any collecti[?] of men be punished for enunciating among themselves such opinions. But there are countries in which it is h[e]ld that they can. Here is the initial difficulty of general action against the anarchist creed in all nations. A criminal opinion only becomes a punishable crime when an individual or an association of individuals con[f]ederates together to give effect to it against some other individual.
I believe that no international
agreement can be arrived at in regard to anarchists, and I should be sorry were
we to be a party to one. Each country, however, owes it to the common [b]ond
which unites civilized nations to do what it can to put an end to its being
used as an asylum from which assassins can plot and carry out their designs
against citizens of other countries, whether the victim be a sovereign or the
humblest of workmen. So far as countries like the United States are concerned,
the only thing that can be done is to streng[t]hen the power of the executive
over aliens and, as is usually the case in the United States, over foreigners
who have acquir[e]d nationality. WITHOUT ANY PROCESS OF EXTRADITION, I SHOULD
BE IN FAVOR OF ARMING THE EXECUTIVE WITH POWER TO SHIP OFF ANY ALIEN IN REGARD
TO WHOM THERE IS REASONABLE GROUND FOR BELIEVING THAT HE IS AN ANARCHIST AND
TO LAND HIM IN THE LAND OF HIS BIRTH, DUE NOTICE HAVING BEEN GIVEN TO THE A[U]THORITIES
THERE OF HIS ARRIVAL. Beyond this I [?]ould not go one step. We have always
been proud of England being an asylum to all who on political grounds are driven
out of their own country. [It?] ought still to remain an asylum to those who
rightl[y] or wrongly ar[e?] desirous to secure liberty by revolution in tho[se]
lands where it does not exist.
BUT WE MUST NOT HOLD THAT CRIME CEASES TO BE CRIME BECAUSE SOME SCOUNDREL OR FANATIC TELLS US THAT IT IS A POLITICAL PRINCIPLE WITH HIM TO COMMIT IT.
When aliens admit that they are herded together like oriental thugs to commit murder and when they make our country their home, I see no reason why they should be tolerated. It is only right and proper that they should be expelled.