Monday, October 21, 2002

The Emma Goldman Papers

A couple of birthdays ago, a dear friend gave me a copy of Goldman's 1910, Anarchism and Other Essays and it is brilliant in much the same way as Hakim Bey's work. It disrupts and disturbs. Plus, the woman herself was fascinating:

(via plep) The Emma Goldman Papers:
"Emma Goldman (1869-1940) stands as a major figure in the history of American radicalism and feminism. An influential and well-known anarchist of her day, Goldman was an early advocate of free speech, birth control, women's equality and independence, union organization, and the eight-hour work day. Her criticism of mandatory conscription of young men into the military during World War I led to a two-year imprisonment, followed by her deportation in 1919. For the rest of her life until her death in 1940, she continued to participate in the social and political movements of her age, from the Russian Revolution to the Spanish Civil War."

Although I admire her on many levels, I am most taken by her ability to be in the world.

Despite providing a superb reference of her life and work, the site's excerpts from Anarchism and Other Essays do not include her feminist writings, which were so far ahead of the time, and well worth reading.

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