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Margaret Sanger, "Civilization?," May 1914.

Source: " The Woman Rebel, May 1914, p. 20 Margaret Sanger Microfilm, Collected Documents Series C16:534."


Speaking at an anti-war meeting of women in Cooper Union, Mrs. Gilman said that war was a disgrace to our civilization.

Whose civilization? The civilization of the Oil Czar and his accomplices? What is the difference between war in Mexico and the war in Colorado? And which is the most disgraceful of the two?

The workers are just beginning to realize that civilization is war. In reality it is worse than war, because the rules of civilized warfare are not observed in this social contest by the dominating class. Rockefeller may organize the slaughter of men, women and children and go to Church the following Sunday without losing in power, prestige or respectability. He is accountable to nobody. Nobody can arrest him; for the police, the army and the courts give him protection.

But who protects the workers?

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