Edwin M. Abbott
Former Special Counsel to Philadelphia Directors of Public Safety, General Smedley D. Butler and George W. Elliott
SINCE the dawn of creation man has fought against inhibitions of his freedom of thought and action. The association of people into communities brought with it the necessity of legal restrictions, but to certain individuals those restrictions have always been obnoxious and repugnant.
The tendency of modern legislation has been more and more to curb the natural predilections of man and has resulted in general confusion when authority has attempted to enforce such laws.
The general antipathy to law enforcement is not confined to the present. It is only more general and more demonstrative now.
While the world is more charitable toward the needy and suffering, it has become obsessed with the demand for socalled "personal liberty," and as the wealth of this nation has been growing at tremendous leaps and bounds, with this accumulation has grown a disregard for law and the traditions upon which this nation was founded.
In ancient days when might was right, we had classes of all kinds. In modern times wealth and political influence run riot through the land and we have again been segregated into classes. "Liberty" has been interpreted to mean "license" and "the land of the free" defined to mean "do as you please with regard to others." The Golden Rule is gradually becoming emaciated.
Therefore, men have determined that the laws of to-day which are obnoxious shall be disregarded and that most laws are made for the other fellow, anyway.
Circumstances that control us under ordinary conditions