, Ariz., Sept.
To the Editor of the Courier:
Dear sir—As a libelous, malicious
attack has been made on the socialists and socialism by the Journal-Miner,
commonly known as the Journal-Murphy, of the 10th inst., I request
the liberty to reply to his (editor Journal-Murphy) senile article
through the columns of the Courier, which I believe you, as an American
and believing in American institutions, will not refuse me. The
life of the president having been attacked by a madman; in other
words, an anarchist, this addle-brained editor vents his spleen
npon [sic] the socialists, and would, if possible, place them in
the category of criminal assassins. The history of socialism and
socialists has proven to the contrary; they have always followed
the rational way of appealing to the individual and collective understanding
of the human race. They believe that an enlightened and civilized
person will not commit overt acts, neither will they condone the
crime of criminals. As the United States has a constitutional government
there is no necessity of appealing to physical force, neither individually
nor collectively, for redress of political grievances, and the party
or individual that advises physical force is un-American, no matter
whether he is a native born or a naturalized foreigner. The socialist
labor party of this country, of which I am a member, strictly adheres
to the constitutional line of action. But the Russian-American editor
of the Journal-Murphy would take away our constitutional rights.
I should judge his muddled brain has got greatly Russianized. Why,
his article is really amusing to me, for this would-be editor would
change the whole phase of American institutions with one swoop of
his pen, for he says he would have legislation passed making it
treasonable for any association of men to get together for any purpose
to attach themselves to any other organization except for industrial
purposes. Thus he would, with one swoop of his pen, swipe the political
machinery from the country. I don’t think he will get many Americans
to consent to his Russian system of government.
In referring to my speech on Saturday
evening, in his senility he calls me a blasphemer. I suppose he
considers a laboring man has no right to criticize the government.
If there is anything we, as a duty, should honor the revolutionary
fathers for, this has the precedence, the right to criticize and
the right to freedom of speech; this is not of foreign importation
and is strictly socialistic, yet the J.-M. editor is opposed to
socialism because it is foreign. Yet it is neither foreign nor American,
but a discovery by the people of the world of an economic condition
in society, crying out to the people of the world, “socialize, socialize,
socialize.” Even the J.-M. editor can not close his eyes to it or
shut it out from his insignificant brain; no, it is not the pin-headed,
addle-brained anarchist that the plutocrats of the world fear, but
the ever growing economic conditions that cry out against individual
monopoly of the means of production and distribution, detrimental
to the interests of a large majority of the people.
Socialism is like unto the saying
of Thomas Paine: “The world is my country, to do good is my religion.”
It is useless to comment on the last paragraph of his article; it
savors too much of anarchy. While he condemns the attempted assassination
of the president, he encourages it against the laboring class who
would dare assert their rights.
J. A. L .