Guilty or Not Guilty
Socialism charges Capitalism
with the Crime of the Age.
What have the defenders of Capitalism
to plead in answer, Guilty or Not Guilty?
Socialism is ready to
proceed with the trial on the evidence of Capitalism on the charge,
Guilty of the assassination of McKinley. She asks no delay. She
demands an immediate trial. She assumes the burden of proof.
Are you ready, gentlemen of the defense?
If you are ready to
defend your system from the charge of Criminal of the Age, speak,
gentlemen of the capitalistic press. Silence cannot avail in the
presence of this awful crime that blackens America.
Anarchy is the legitimate
child of Capitalism. It is individualism carried to its logical
violence as inhuman, illogical and unwise.
Socialism offers the
only possible escape from Anarchism, both in method and result.
Its method is peaceable and legal. Its result is peace, contentment,
riches, ample and normal human development.
Modern machines able
to produce 13 times as much as the tools of a century ago, and actually
producing the enormous wealth that lies all about us.
The workingmen of brain and hand,
the vast majority of them barely able to get a living, and the wealth
accumulating in the hands of a few! Proletaire and Billionaire!
Such is the awful contrast that drives
an unbalanced mind to commit the Anarchists crime.
Dont blink your eyes to this fact,
you capitalist physicians who hunt for a cure-all.
Socialism urges and
argues and beseeches that all these Anarchist fanatics turn with
the great host of Proletarians to the Ballot Box and capture the
powers of government, wherewith they can take possession of the
modern machine and use its mighty productive capacity for the benefit
Then will the Anarchy fiend disappear
from the earth.