Friday, August 12, 2016

Voter Discontent and Emma

(A new handful of links related to Emma Goldman and Anarchy to be added to the "Anarchy & Anarcho-Pacifism" section at KetherMuse.Com soon)

I was fascinated today reading on Wikipedia about Emma Goldman, described as "the most dangerous woman in America" in her time.

Her views on prisons, atheism, freedom of speech, militarism, the draft, women's issues, capitalism, marriage, free love, homosexuality and more can all be viewed with the lens of America today in many regards.

Anarchy? It seems to me that much of the discontent being experience by supporters of Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump both may be seen as anarchist feelings and many may be closet anarchists.

Although I am not an advocate for violent revolution her views as to the cause of such actions were very right on. Work for peace. Join the Idaho Peace Coalition...

Some Links:

The No Conscription League was founded by anarchist Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman in 1917 in response to the draft in World War I.

Circulated to over 100,000 people, it was used as an exhibit for the government when Goldman and Berkman were arrested and charged with conspiracy to obstruct the draft.
Mother Earth 1907 to 1915 was an anarchist journal that described itself as "A Monthly Magazine Devoted to Social Science and Literature" edited by Emma Goldman A few issues can be seen/read at Books by Emma Goldman Project Gutenberg

The Social Significance of Modern Drama by Emma Goldman
"The modern artist is, in the words of August Strindberg, "a lay preacher popularizing the pressing questions of his time." Not necessarily because his aim is to proselyte, but because he can best express himself by being true to life. Millet, Meunier, Turgenev, Dostoyevsky, Emerson, Walt Whitman, Tolstoy, Ibsen, Strindberg, Hauptmann and a host of others mirror in their work as much of the spiritual and social revolt as is expressed by the most fiery speech of the propagandist. And more important still, they compel far greater attention. Their creative genius, imbued with the spirit of sincerity and truth, strikes root where the ordinary word often falls on barren soil."

On On June 15, 1917, Goldman and Berkman for conspiracy to "induce persons not to register" for the draft into WW1

1 comment:

Unknown said...

good stuff about Emma Goldman. I liked the part about Noam Chomsky voting for Hillary despite his being a Bernie supporter if the alternative was the Dumpster.....