By A. G. Wagner.
DISCORD and misery stalk about in our fair land where there is destitution among abundance. It is an abnormal state of affairs, one not brought about by improvidence of the many and frugality of the few. But the many are poor and the few rich because of the prevailing order of human relationships.
Those who toil and supinely submit to being exploited by those who take advantage of legal arrangements are and must be miserable and poor. And it is these very workers who uphold a system which enables others to rob them.
Silly it is to attach blame to those who employ current rules for their benefit. Futile and absurd it is to look for redress and for social tranquility in an order that can only make for antagonism, unrest, and misery.
Any and all forms of coercion engender compensating resentment. No matter if this violence is organized and called law and government, it is quite as baneful as any other form of barbarism.
A patriotic upholder of the existing order is quite within his rights when he robs his brother in accordance with the rules made and accepted. No improvement will or can come, merely by having the under dog the upper. That would be a change, but no move for peace. The root of our trouble is the system inaugurated.
Our support and silly adherence to these absurd contrivances yields us what it does and should, and ought to eventually teach us to do away with what never did nor ever can bring about more rational conditions among the human family.
Fear of the law and punishment for infraction of same makes no man brotherly. Deterrent influences such as these are much overestimated.
So long as man does pin his faith and relies upon a system which never yet has fulfilled its purpose, he is unable to see that elimination of this cause which resuits in undesirable conditions, is essential to social harmony and peace.
We cure nothing by treating symptoms. Effects spring from causes and will not abate while these causes obtain. No sense in asking what will be given in place of a malady. Sufficient to get rid of what's not liked. A natural and normal state and condition of man and for man is good enough. We have tried else and find it not to our liking.
Let's get rid of something!