An Anarchist Looks at Life (a speech by Emma Goldman, really, I copy and pasted it here for your enjoyment)

“…For in the last analysis, the grand adventure—which is liberty, the true inspiration of all idealists, poets and artists—is the only human adventure worth striving and living for.”


2 thoughts on “An Anarchist Looks at Life (a speech by Emma Goldman, really, I copy and pasted it here for your enjoyment)

  1. “Freedom is always the freedom of the dissenter.”
    ― Rosa Luxemburg

    I see EGoldman died in Toronto, your stomping ground. Rosa and Emma were champions of freedom and democracy. Funny how the definition of anarchy has been misused for political purposes almost from the beginning. I recall what an eyeopener it was to read Erich Fromm’s “Escape from Freedom”. Who really wants it? Not many. The problem with much of the talk surrounding anarchy is that people want to attach a specific political theory or party apparatus to the concept, once that begins the whole thing begins to change into some sort of conservative, dictatorial, totalitarian structure. Like Jack Nicholson said, “You can’t take the truth,” and that is the human problem. The idealists are the first to be shot and they go to the wall wondering why. We are hardwired to be grasping, violent, deceitful, destructive, and controlling consumers and on that score we are all doomed. Regardless of our individual feelings about anarchy, freedom and democracy. As I am wont to say: “There is only one thing worse than communism and that is groupism.” It matters not under what political flag the group is formed, ultimately the group will form the circular firing squad and attack all the ideals that originally brought them together. What about the so-called people? Well they usually join the military or hide in the basement as the world burns. This I know. Thanks. Duke

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    1. We can’t escape life’s paradoxes, absurdities, and ironies, so in that respect nobody is ever really free. However, I don’t think anarchism is really about freedom. In mean, one could argue that it would entail a much larger degree of personal accountability, and therefore it might be a bit of a wet blanket on the whole “believe in something even if it means sacrificing everything” variety of freedom that Nike is currently, and of course cynically, espousing.
      There’s a certain freedom in slavery.

      I would sit back and watch the world burn as much as the next guy, but I’d like to see it burn because we left the stove on in our absent minded excitement, not our close minded resignation.


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