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Peter Berk is not much over
four feet high. He weighs
about 90 pounds. He goes to
grammar school and lives with
his father and mother in a small,
cluttered flat in a Brooklyn tene
"I have been born into this
world to give a message to it,"
declared this 12-year-old to me.
"It is NOT a message that I have
formulated myself. It .is far
bigger than I am. It was Jiorn
in me. I am sure God gave it to
me in order that I might give it,
in turn, to all the world.
"The message that was sent
here along with me is, in brief.,
"Nobody on this earth has a
bit of right over anyone else on
this earth either over his body,
his mind or his soul. No one isi
intended by God to be his broth
ers keeper. We must not,
in future, have bosses nor land
lords, nor police. We must all be
as free of man-made authority as
we were on that day that Adam
first stood in the garden of Para
dise. "That is my dream, you see,"
he explained. "But it must not
be ALL dream. I am going to
get out in the work-a-day world
and help to make it a fact."
"We must use this govern
ment first for the protection of
EVERY man, woman and child
under it," he told a great throng
of workers in Union Square. "We
must make this protection so
perfect, so EOUAL-FOR-ALL
that .eventually the government
shall be evenly distributed among J
all the citizens. And then
presto there will be no govern
ment ! For the government will
be vested in everyone!
"In bringing about justice
there are three things to be done
by the government at once.
"One is to legislate for the
good of all the toilers to reduce
their hours of work and to in
crease their pay so that they may
be paid for ALL they earn and
the capitalist class thus stopped
from riding through the world on
"The second is to tax all ex
cess property so much that no
one can afford to hold any more
than his own home.
"And the third change that the
government should bring about
is the abolition of the police sys
tem. "Finally, when the govern
ment is automatically dissolved,
the workers in each craft will
control that particular craft. A
medium of exchange will be then
thought out that cannot be cor
nered in a trust as our money is
today. And everyone, FREE,
will be HAPPY, as God intended
us ALL to be !'
Peter is about to preach this
new gospel throughout the
He believes himself the tool of
a mysterious power. His mother
says she cannot account for him.
"He has always been a strange
child," she says. "He began talk
ing about the wrongs of human-'
ity when he was only 6 or 7 years
old. He discusses them morning, .
noon and night. His teachers