No Place for Anarchy

WILLIAM J. BRYAN in his weekly newspaper called The Commoner thus expresses his views on anarchy:—

"There is no place for anarchy in the United States; there is no room here for those who commit, counsel, or condone murder, no matter what political excuse may be urged in its defence. The line between peaceful agitation and violence is clear and distinct. We have freedom of speech and freedom of the press in this country, and they are essential to the maintenance of our liberties. If any one desires to criticise the methods of government or the conduct of an official, he has a perfect right to do so, but his appeal must be to the intelligence and patriotism of his fellow-citizens, not to force. Let no one imagine that he can improve social or political conditions by the shedding of blood.

"Free governments may be overthrown, but they cannot be reformed, by those who violate the commandment, 'Thou shalt not kill.'

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October 3, 1901

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