Oswald Garrison Villard became editor in 1918, at which point the political perspective shifted radically.
February 20, 1913
The International Art Exhibition
ART IS AT THE BRINK either of genuine revolution, or, as we believe, of a monstrous aberration. Either way, something like a new thing has been found under the sun, even if the newness turn out to derive from such venerable sources as excessive boredom, ignorant self-assertiveness, or over-ingenious pursuit of novelty and notoriety. If the newest art is really to be the art of the future, plainly homo sapiens must become a new creature–
‘Ban, ‘Ban, Cacaliban
Has a new master:
get a new man.
September 26, 1912
Correspondence: The Violence of English Suffragettes
I REFER ESPECIALLY to an editorial in the Outlook for August 31…. Need I recall to any student of history the…serious rioting and destruction of property on the part of men which has preceded every advance in the liberties of which England is so proud. The male agitation for the “Great Reform bill,” for example, expressed itself, in Bristol alone, by the burning of the Mansion House, the Custom House, the Bishop’s palace, the excise office, three prisons, four toll-houses, and forty-two private dwellings and warehouses….
If then a certain organization of Englishwomen (and a very large and wealthy one) has embarked upon a definite policy of window-smashing, and of “pestering” public ministers, in order to gain certain political ends, these women are merely doing what they have seen their fathers and brothers do, and what the history of their country teaches them that citizens who consider themselves aggrieved have always done. To say that [the suffrage campaign]…is “the work of hysterical, crazy, and therefore irresponsible, women,” is in the highest degree an untrue as well as an ignorant statement. The “militant” campaign, deliberately begun in 1905 [by, among others, Mrs. Emmeline Pankhurst], and systematically continued up to the present time, with ever-increasing enthusiasm and a constant gain of recruits, might be described by almost any other adjective than “hysterical.”
—Frances Berkeley Young, Madison, Wisc.