Emma Goldman is considered one of the most important figures in the history of anarchism. She was a well known lecturer, and traveled all. Anarchism: What it Really Stands For [Emma Goldman] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A short introduction by Emma Goldman, with a. In American activist Emma Goldman wrote: ‘Anarchism stands for the the label with pride, and tirelessly repeat what it really stands for.

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We have not far to go in search of proof to verify this sad fact.

I do not wish any mass at all, but honest men only, lovely, sweet, accomplished women only. If the latter should some day write her autobiography, she will no doubt have many interesting anecdotes to relate in connection with these experiences.

Yes, authority, coercion, and dependence rest on the mass, but never freedom or the free unfoldment of the individual, never the birth of a free society. Anarchism does not stand for military drill and uniformity; it does, however, stand for the spirit of revolt, in whatever form, against everything that hinders human anrachism.

Excerpts from Goldman’s essay, ‘Anarchism: What It Really Stands For’

About fifty years ago, a meteorlike idea made its appearance on the social horizon of the world, an idea so far-reaching, so revolutionary, so all-embracing as to spread terror in the hearts of tyrants everywhere. She followed their example. The struggle for the eight hour day continued. The truth of this is borne out in Russia with greater force than elsewhere. Can it be changed? Emma Goldman anachism born of Jewish parentage on the 27 th day of June,in the Russian province of Kovno.

Anarchism – What it Really Stands For by Emma Goldman

It is the conclusion arrived at by hosts of intellectual men and women the world over; a conclusion resulting from the close and studious observation of the tendencies of modern society: The only way organized authority meets this grave situation is by extending still greater privileges to those who have already monopolized the earth, and by still further enslaving the disinherited masses.

Again Zola, in Germinal and Parisdescribes the tenderness and kindness, the deep sympathy with human suffering, of these men who close the chapter of their lives with a violent outbreak staands our system. Every Anarchist partakes sufficiently of this ideal type to make it possible to differentiate him from other men. People are either not familiar with their history, or they have not yet learned that revolution is but thought carried into action.


One need not wonder at the youthful age.

Excerpts from Goldman’s essay, ‘Anarchism: What It Really Stands For’ | Jewish Women’s Archive

It’s not something I’ll probably ever pick up again, but I’m glad it ended up on my reading list. There is no conflict between the individual and the social instincts, any more than there is between the heart lt the lungs: It seemed to me then, and for many years after, that the spoken word hurled forth among the masses with such wonderful eloquence, such enthusiasm and fire, could never be erased from the human mind and soul.

In States where child labor laws prevail, child exploitation is at its highest, and though with us the workers enjoy full political opportunities, capitalism has reached the most brazen zenith. Added to that is a complete demoralization of character and conviction, until nothing is left that would make one hope for anything from such a human derelict. How, then, can any one assume to map out a line of conduct for those to come? There is no conflict between the individual and the social instincts, any more than there is between the heart and the lungs: The more hideous the mental contortions, the anarchsim the delight and bravos of the mass.

Two decades later she was fated to be unexpectedly reminded of him by the Federal authorities. The philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary. But out of that nothing God has created a kingdom so despotic, so tyrannical, so cruel, so terribly exacting that naught but gloom hwat tears and blood have ruled the world since gods began.

Yet the real Emma Goldman is almost quite unknown. It is the true soul that sees and creates the truth alive, out of which is to come a still greater truth, the re-born social soul. Only in freedom will he learn to think and move, and give the very best in him. Goldman was imprisoned several times in the years that followed, for “inciting to riot” and illegally distributing information about birth control. Direct action, having proven effective along economic lines, is equally potent in the environment of the individual.


We are asked to believe that whag Army is an organization, but a close investigation will show that it is nothing else than a cruel instrument of blind force. The strange phenomenon of the opposition to Anarchism is that it brings to light the relation between so-called intelligence and ignorance.

All that can be done is to plant the seeds of thought. True, the trade in white flesh is still going on; but that, too, will have anardhism be abolished by direct action. They shall continue blind among the blind.

Acting, as it always does, by mere impulse, its reasons are like those of a child. The mist in which the name of Emma Goldman has so long been enveloped is gradually beginning to dissipate. What it craves is display. The capitalist press organized a systematic campaign of calumny and misrepresentation against Anarchists. After the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, she traveled to Spain to support the anarchist revolution there.

In proportion to its increase, however, principles, ideals, justice, and uprightness are completely swamped by the array of numbers. Nor need we retrace our steps into the distant past to realize the enormity of opposition, difficulties, and hardships placed in the path of every progressive idea.

America is particularly boastful of her great power, her enormous national wealth. Incapable of standing responsibilities, it has followed its leaders even unto destruction.

To accomplish eemma unity, Anarchism has declared war on the pernicious influences which have so far prevented the harmonious blending of individual and social instincts, the individual and society. At last a person with whom she anrachism converse, one who could help her bridge the dullness of the narrow existence.

The individual and society have waged a relentless and bloody battle for ages, each striving for supremacy, because each was blind to the value and importance of the other. It standz proven efficient in that function only. Thus it was proven only last year that Illinois, with the most rigid laws for mine protection, had the greatest mine disasters. Indeed, as the most revolutionary and uncompromising innovator, Anarchism must needs meet with the combined ignorance and venom of the world it aims to reconstruct.