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NO MORE KINGS, NO MORE WAR DREAM OF
WORLD DEMOCRACY ON WAY TO REALITY
SAYS CHARLES EDWARD RUSSELL
Democracies do not make war. The
soul of democracy is utterly foreign
to war. Monarchies mean war;
democracies mean peace.
Every throne is an incessant threat
of war; every king exists behind a
bulwark of spears.
With the passing of the threat of
war that always goes with monarchy
there can be universal disarmament
in fact and not in theory.
With .the dropping of the sword
the mind of man will turn to higher
things, the spirit of man will have a
new birth, life will ONLY JUST BE
GIN upon the earth!
For fear should then begin to cease
to be the chief influence in human
affairs.' With Europe democratic and
unarmed, what would there be to
Democracies fear autocracies; they
do not fear themselves!
Suspicion, distrust and hatred will
begin to fade upon the heels of the
grisly shape of fear. For these, too,
democracy has no place. Democracy
is based upon the essential goodness
of the human heart. Democracy is
faith, good will, tolerance and friend
ship. Race-hatred can never long
survive where there is absolute de
mocracy. No, there is no end to the possi
bilities now at hand. Already we
have seen in the emancipation of
Russia the greatest day for mankind
since the fall of the Bastile. Let this
thing spread and we shall see a far
greater day than that.
For consider: If Germany revolts
and applies to the Hohenzollerns the
wise and well-considered treatment
the Russians have used upon the al
most equally detstable Romanoffs
that will end the war.
Nobody wants to make war on the
German PEOPLE; nobody would
make war upon them. Reborn into
the German republic, with an end to.
BY CHARLES EDWARD RUSSELL
The dream of democracy come
true! the dream that used to seem
sometimes so far off and so improb
able come true at last!
No more kings and no more wars!
This world no longer a blood
stained arena for the combats of wild
beasts, but life redeemed in it and
exalted. The bitter old days of tooth
and claws of grab and gain, of truth
upon the scaffold and wrong upon
the throne, gone forever and ever
the new day of freedom, equality and
decency ready to dawn!
We may see all of these things
we may, indeed we may. If we do see
them, then all the splendors that
have shown upon this earth will be
nothing o that splendor.
For let this magnificent revolution
spread from Russia into Gerrpany
and from Germany into Austria let
the reactionary element of England
keep its moldy fingers off it is good
night to absolutism in this world.
Good night to monarchy, good
night to oppression and autocracy
everywhere. Yes and good night to
They are all bound up together,
they are all members of the same Old
Beast, they were all invented by the
same devil, they all go down together
as men shake off the evil spell of it.
If the time has come for the death
throes of this somber and poisonous
monster, there is no end to the pros
pect of good that opens before the
children of men literally no end!
Always, whenever the torch of
democracy is lifted in one country it
shines on all countries it is al
Suppose now Germany to awake
also in one month there will not be
a king left in all continental Europe!
With Europe all republics the
chances of war will be reduced 90 per