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Anarchism, and other essays de Emma Goldman
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Anarchism, and other essays (original: 1910; edição: 2010)

de Emma Goldman, Hippolyte Havel

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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 Goldberg. 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."… (mais)
Membro:RussLippitt
Título:Anarchism, and other essays
Autores:Emma Goldman
Outros autores:Hippolyte Havel
Informação:Nabu Press (2010), Paperback, 298 pages
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I originally read this book back around 2004/2005. A good friend lent me her copy and I cruised through it quickly. I just reread it. While I still am not an anarchist (I believe in the value of the state), I thoroughly enjoyed her essays and encourage others to read this book. Just like my recent rereading of several of Karl Marx's works, Emma Goldman was a prescient author. Writing over 100 years ago at times, she nails today's political, economic and gender issues. Sadly, the more things change, the more they stay the same.

I enjoyed her take on religion and how it has been more of a gloom/tears/blood experience rather than what it professes to be. She expertly covers the impact of labor and capital on workers and their families. She explores the intersection of art/culture and capital, and how capital looks to simply commodify art without looking at any intrinsic value. She covers the emptiness of politics and how it is easier to titillate rather than advance analysis and real policy changes. It's also funny, to this reader, that her take on Republicans over 100 years ago is still valid today.

Her essay on "Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty" is spot on and worth buying and reading this collection of essays in and of itself. To quote at length: "Patriotism assumes that our globe is divided into little spots, each one surrounded by an iron gate. Those who have had the fortune of being born on some particular spot, consider themselves better, nobler, grander, more intelligent than the living beings inhabiting any other spot. It is, therefore, the duty of everyone living on that chosen spot to fight, kill and die in the attempt to impose his superiority upon all the others."

Even better, in that same essay, she comments on what I call "boners for blood" that has been rampant ever since the first Gulf War. "We Americans claim to be a peace-loving people. We hate bloodshed; we are opposed to violence. Yet we go into spasms of joy over the possibility of projecting dynamite bombs from flying machines upon helpless citizens."

I enjoyed thinking about her suggestion that a draft creates skepticism of the military (finding ways to get out of service and questioning authority) while a volunteer force propagates the belief in militarism and a blind faith in military leaders and patriotism.

Overall, a very good critique of current (late 1800s, early 1900s and 2011) events that should make you think. While I am not an anarchist and don't subscribe to her comments on why anarchism is the only path, her analysis is spot on. ( )
  drew_asson | Dec 3, 2020 |
The titular essay in this book is mostly slogans. Better explanations of anarchism may be found in such writers as Kropotkin, Bakunin, and Tolstoy.

That said, the rest of the essays are trenchant and specific social criticisms, well worth reading for their perspective. ( )
  EthanRogers | Aug 10, 2019 |
Emma Goldman portrays anarchism as a profoundly liberating philosophy that challenges people to think for themselves, express opinions freely, and avoid the blandness of conventional wisdom. On the opening pages, she exhorts us to cease seeking peer social approval and begin forming independent ideas and perspectives. On the subsequent pages she exemplifies independent though.

The chapters cover diverse ground. In one chapter, she seeks to persuade the reader not to judge acts of anarchist violence harshly, but to understand them in the context of a corrupt and repressive society. Surprisingly, in another chapter she argues against giving women the right to vote, but only because she saw elections as meaningless. The last chapter is an interesting review of plays, such as those of Ibsen, that reveals the deficiencies in our culture in a more effective way than polemics. ( )
  bkinetic | May 18, 2018 |
In my opinion it is past time to begin researching political alternatives and for me that starts with thinking and challenging my base ideals. Goldman's insights were helpful in what is going to be an ongoing process. It was challenging to not judge this book harshly due to its racial paternalism, binarist, sex negative, heteronormative bent due to the time period in which it was written but that being said Goldman makes a very compelling case not just for the idea of Anarchism but also for human potential. A point that come across much stronger give the hi-jinks of our current election cycle. I must admit it would be amazing if we could have a world where we didn't need a government and Goldman believes that such a thing is not only possible but a moral imperative for us to pursue b/c of what governments require. For most of us Anarchism and Other Essays read carefully will challenge us to think carefully about our consent to be governed. ( )
  _praxis_ | Mar 4, 2018 |
Non-Fiction, Essays, Philosophy
  mahona48 | Nov 18, 2014 |
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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 Goldberg. 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."

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