Anarchism and Other Essays (Dover Books on History) (Paperback)

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Every generation needs its own Emma Goldman. A person who rises forcefully against the status quo, a person who refuses to bow to social order, a person unsatisfied with "the way things are." These are the people who keep us awake and alive. There is rage and violence in the pages of this book, but there is also a very sensible questioning of what is truly best for the human race (surely not a society dominated by robber-barons and warlords). Goldman is a timeless and under-appreciated figurehead of American history, and although this book was published well over a century ago, her words remain powerful, and still bridge a large gap that we as a society have never quite been able to fill.

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In the 1890s and for years thereafter, America reverberated with the name of the "notorious Anarchist," feminist, revolutionist, and agitator, Emma Goldman. A Russian Jewish immigrant at the age of 17, she moved by her own efforts from seamstress in a clothing factory to internationally known radical lecturer, writer, editor, and friend of the oppressed. This book is a collection of her remarkably penetrating essays, far in advance of their time, originally published by the Mother Earth press which she founded.
In the first of these essays, Anarchism: What It Really Stands For, she says, "Direct action, having proven effective along economic lines, is equally potent in the environment of the individual." In Minorities Versus Majorities she holds that social and economic well-being will result only through "the non-compromising determination of intelligent minorities, and not through the mass." Other pieces deal with The Hypocrisy of Puritanism; Prisons: A Social Crime and Failure; The Psychology of Political Violence; The Drama: A Powerful Disseminator of Radical Thought; Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty; and The Tragedy of Woman's Emancipation. A biographical sketch by Hippolyte Havel precedes the essays.
Anarchism and Other Essays provides a fascinating look into revolutionary issues at the turn of the century, a prophetic view of the social and economic future, much of which we have seen take place, and above all, a glimpse into the mind of an extraordinary woman: brilliant, provocative, dedicated, passionate, and what used to be called "high-minded."

Product Details
ISBN: 9780486224848
ISBN-10: 0486224848
Publisher: Dover Publications
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Pages: 304
Language: English
Series: Dover Books on History