The Evolution Of Anarchy -- By: Jean Frederic Loba

Journal: Bibliotheca Sacra
Volume: BSAC 051:204 (Oct 1894)
Article: The Evolution Of Anarchy
Author: Jean Frederic Loba

The Evolution Of Anarchy

Rev. Jean Frederic Loba

In the House of Representatives, one year after the assassination of Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Garfield, moving an adjournment of the House, said, with reference to the assassination of the great president, “It was no one man who killed Abraham Lincoln; it was the embodied spirit of treason and slavery, inspirited with fearful hate, that struck him down in the moment of the nation’s supremest joy.” A few weeks ago a madman brutally assassinated Sadi-Carnot in the streets of Lyons, also at the moment of his greatest success. To the casual observer this seems a random stroke, unconnected with anything in history or in the national life of France. But the words of Garfield with reference to the murderer of Lincoln are equally applicable to this act, and we may say, It was no one man who struck down one of the noblest, calmest, and best presidents France has had. That blow was connected historically with a long line of social and political events. As an act it was connected with those acts which, like it, have been perpetrated by similar unbalanced and fanatical minds. Santo is the brother of such men as Guiteau, Prendergast, and others, who, without judgment and infuriated by imagined wrongs, have blindly struck at one whom they supposed to be the author of their misfortunes.

The movement of which the assassinations of Lincoln, Garfield, Harrison, and Carnot are the fruit, goes back to that mighty social and political upheaval known as the French

Revolution. This was the historical birth-place of all these acts of violence.

No one studying the evolution of society and the development of man can for a moment fail to see that the French Revolution was the mighty protest of humanity against the domination and despotism of a class. It was the breaking away of man from the rule of Feudalism; that was the enfranchisement of what the French love to call the “third estate,” but it was but a partial movement, and the “third estate,” having attained the power of the two estates, simply paved the way and set the example for a social upheaval which by social adjustment, by political revolution, and by individual violence was to bring the “fourth estate “to the surface. We are very apt to think that because these movements have come through violence, disruption, and social discord, that, therefore, they are born simply of the spirit of hate and anarchy. But if we go back to the inception of the upward movement of society and consider the names and the characters of the men who have been the most potent factors in this movement, we shall be impressed with the seriousness, earnestness, and general intelligence of those who gave the movement its f...

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