Anarchism and Other Essays by Emma GoldmanIn the eighteen-nineties 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 Crim and Failure; The Psychology of Political Violence—note the relevence of these themes to our own time; The Drama: A Powerful Disseminator of Radical Thought; Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty; and The Tragedy of Womans 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.
Unabridged republication of the 3rd (1917) edition, with a new Introduction by Richard Drinnon. Frontispiece. xv + 271 pp. 5-3/8 x 8-1/2. Paperbound.
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Biographical Sketch. Chapter 2: Minorities Versus Majorities. Chapter 3: The Psychology of Political Violence. Chapter 5: Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty. Chapter 6: Francisco Ferrer and the Modern School.
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As someone interested in Marxist politics, it is not so often that I get a chance to go through anarchist literature. Anarchist literature seems to be harder to come by in used bookshops — unless you want to consider the works of Noam Chomsky as Anarchist in which case you will never fail to find something. The rarity of Anarchist books may be taken as a barometer to the popularity of Anarchism, or, a simple reflection of the fact that Marxist authors wrote and published significantly more material than their anarchist counterparts if Anarchists can be called counterparts naturally leading to a greater circulation of their books. Although written in , this collection of essays continues to make for the perfect introduction for those curious about Anarchism and what it stands for and many of the topics discussed remain, sadly, relevant to this day. The book, which stands at pages is divided into 12 chapters, each tackling a slightly different topic making it a breeze to get through without ever becoming too overwhelming. Goldman covers topics from women's emancipation to Prisons, Patriotism, and Political Violence. Not all the essays make for imperative reading.