emma goldman

“What will you do with the lazy ones, who would not work?’

No one is lazy. They grow hopeless from the misery of their present existence, and give up. Under our order of things, every men would do the work he liked, and would have as much as his neighbor, so could not be unhappy and discouraged.”
― Emma Goldman

So we all know Emma Goldman was a feminist, Anarchist writer, and activist, but she was also:
*A seamstress; she arrived in New York from Lithuania with one set of clothes and a sewing machine
*A polyglot; she spoke fluent English, German, Russian, and Yiddish
*A sexual assault survivor
*A queer activist; she was arguing for the rights of minority sexualities and gender identities in 1910. Which makes sense, because she was also
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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. We are ready to hang, electrocute, or lynch anyone, who, from economic necessity, will risk his own life in the attempt upon that of some industrial magnate. Yet our hearts swell with pride at the thought that America is becoming the most powerful nation on earth, and that it will eventually plant her iron foot on the necks of all other nations. Such is the logic of patriotism.
—  Emma Goldman, “Patriotism, a Menace to Liberty” (1911)

An intellectual discussion.

Nietzsche leaves no space for selfappraisal, a crystalline, relentless reflection emerges on every conclusions horizon and ever again he employs a ball-peen hammer of critique to shatter his newly won being into a million pieces, receding from the very hook of his existence and plunging into a new nothing.

Would he not have gone mad for us… we would have no reason for sanity in this society of the spectacle

When legendary anarchist Emma Goldman said “If I can’t dance, then I don’t want to be part of your revolution”, she meant that any overturning of oppressive social relations which denies joy, beauty and self-expression doesn’t liberate anyone.

Not, “Alright, the way to smash the state is to get all of your friends together, cover each other in glitter, fetch a technicolor rave tricycle, go and throw some really radical shapes at the fuzz, and wait for capitalism to implode.”

„… und kein Mann konnte mich aufhalten“

1869 in Russland geboren, wanderte Emma Goldman 1886 nach Amerika aus und wurde dort nach den Justizmorden an den streikenden Anarchisten in Chicago (Kampf um den 8. Stundentag) zur militanten Anarchistin. Von 1906 bis 1917 gab Emma Goldman die anarchistische Zeitschrift „Mother Earth“ heraus und wurde mehrfach inhaftiert. 1919 wurde sie schließlich aus den USA ausgewiesen und nach Russland deportiert, ab 1921 lebte sie in England und Frankreich. Ihr konsequenter Anarchismus, der Einsatz für die “Freie Liebe” und die Rechte der Frauen machten sie zu einer Galionsfigur sowohl der anarchistischen, als auch der feministischen Bewegung.

Durch Emma Goldmans Biografie zieht sich die Verbindung von alltäglichem Leben und politischem Kampf. Auch entgegen den Standpunkten etlicher ihrer Genoss_innen beharrt sie auf der Übersetzung ihrer politischen Ideale in den Alltag. Und zu diesem Leben, dem Versuch des befreiten Lebens, gehört für Emma unweigerlich das ‚Schöne‘: Musik, Tanz, Literatur und die Befreiung der Einzelnen von bürgerlichen Konventionen. Anarchismus umfasse schließlich alle Lebensbereiche.

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“People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take.” -
Emma Goldman

“I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.”- Emma Goldman

“If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.”
Emma Goldman

“The most violent element in society is ignorance.”-
Emma Goldman

“The history of progress is written in the blood of men and women who have dared to espouse an unpopular cause, as, for instance, the black man’s right to his body, or woman’s right to her soul.-
Emma Goldman

"Give us what belongs to us in peace, and if you don’t give it to us in peace, we will take it by force.”-Emma Goldman

“The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.” -Emma Goldman

“Ask for work. If they don’t give you work, ask for bread. If they do not give you work or bread, then take bread.” -Emma Goldman

I did not believe that a Cause which stood for a beautiful ideal, for anarchism, for release and freedom from conventions and prejudice, should demand the denial of life and joy. I insisted that our Cause could not expect me to become a nun and that the movement should not be turned into a cloister. If it meant that, I did not want it.
—  Emma Goldman, activist, in response to being admonished for dancing, (’Living My Life,’ 1931)

“Crime is naught but misdirected energy. So long as every institution of today, economic, political, social, and moral, conspires to misdirect human energy into wrong channels; so long as most people are out of place doing the things they hate to do, living a life they loathe to live, crime will be inevitable, and all the laws on the statutes can only increase, but never do away with, crime.”
― Emma Goldman