ADDRESS OF ALBERT R. PARSONS.
or to sustain some other equally vicious statute. The statute is the great science of rascality by which some few trample upon and enslave the many.
There are natural laws provided for every work of man. Natural laws are
self-operating. They punish all who violate them, and reward all who obey
them. They cannot be repealed, amended, dodged, or bribed, and it costs
neither time, money, nor attention to apply them. It is time to stop legislating against them. We want to obey laws, not men, not the tricks of men.
Statutes are human tricks. The law—the statute law—is the coward's weapon ; the tool of the thief, and more: the shield and buckler of every gigantic
villainy, and frightful parent of all crimes. Every great robbery that was ever
perpetrated upon a people has been by virtue of and in the name of law. By
this tool of thieves the great mass of the people who inhabit our planet have
been robbed of their equal right to the use of the soil and of all other natural
opportunities. In the name of this monster (statute law) large sections of our
race have been bought and sold as chattels; by it the vast majority of the
human race are today held in the industrial bondage of wage slavery, and in
its name our fair earth has been times without number deluged in human
blood. By the instrumentality of this tool, cowards and thieves, tyrants and
usurpers are robbing their fellows of their substance, despoiling them of their
natural rights, and depriving them of liberty. Man's legal rights are everywhere in collision with man's natural rights; hence the deep rooted and widespread unrest of modern civilization. The only sacred right of property is the
natural right of the workingman to the product, which is the creation of his
labor. The legal right of the capitalist to rent and interest and profit is the
absolute denial of the natural right of labor. Free access to the means of production is the natural right to labor. Free access to the means of production is
the natural right of every man able and willing to work. It is the legal right
of the capitalist to refuse such access to labor, and to take from the laborer all
the wealth he creates over and above a bare subsistence for allowing him the
privilege of working.
A laborer has the natural right to life, and as life is impossible without
the means of production the equal right to live involves an equal right to the
means of production. The legal right of the capitalist is virtually the assertion that one man has a greater right to life than another man, since it denies
the equality of natural conditions. Our present social system, therefore, is
based upon the legalization of robbery, slavery, and murder. The laborer
who does not get more than a bare subsistence as the fruit of his toil is robbed.
The laborer who is forced to beg for work and has to accept it on any terms or
starve is a slave. The laborer who, being unable to get work, but who in turn
has too much manhood to beg, steal, or become a pauper, is by the refined
process of slow starvation murdered.
Laws—just laws—natural laws—are not made, they are discovered; law
enacting is an insult to divine intelligence; and law enforcing is the impeachment of God's integrity and his power. I make, as an Anarchist, this declaration for the benefit of our Christian ministry, who, while professing loyalty
to God's laws, never forget to pray and work for the supremacy of man's laws
and man's government—those pious frauds who profess their faith in the
"power" of God, while they employ the police, the militia, and other armed