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Anarchism and Other Essays Hardcover – December, 2001

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Lithuanian-born revolutionary, called Red Emma in her days. Goldman is known for her anarchist writings and lectures. In 1906, Goldman started a revolutionary periodical, Mother Earth and remained its editor till 1917. In 1910 her Anarchism and Other Essays were published. Her major writings include My Disillusionment in Russia (1923) and Living My Life (1931). Goldman is also responsible for introducing the writings of many European dramatists in America. Her lectures on this subject titled The Social Significance of the Modern Drama were published in 1914. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 172 pages
  • Publisher: IndyPublish.com (December 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1588275701
  • ISBN-13: 978-1588275707
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,412,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I've heard from many people who are interested in reading books about anarchism (allthough i think the term "anarchism" is incorrect) that most books about anarchy are "heavy" and difficult to get through much less understand because they aim their content to readers that have a good backround of political understanding (its terminologies, its "schools" of thought, its currents and so forth..).
If this happens to be your problem then this book will be ideal if you want to discover what this political philosophy stands for and what its issues are and, indeed, have been for a long time.
Emma Goldman, a woman with as fiery a personality as they come, has put together here a number of essays about anarchy that are easy to comprehend and definately thought inspiring.
Despite this book having been first published in 1917 it loses nothing of its importance in the current state affairs as all of the issues Goldman deals with not only remain unsolved but they have -in the meantime- become a social burden or a social disaster much worse than back in her time. Oh, and back in her time things already looked bad enough.
What you get here is, summarily, the following:
-anarchy, what is it and what does it stand for? Beyond the mainstream media cliches anarchy stands for personal and societal freedom of the highest conceivable order. A freedom, anarchists insist, that is not a utopia. It's basically a hard lesson in crushing your illusions and opening unthought of doors of perception of what freedom really means. That would be then something other than being in a cage and having food thrown in. Even if the cage is invisible..
-Hard punching essays about the prison system and the everself-destructing notion of patriotism..
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This is a good collection of essays by Emma Goldman; however, it is not the best one available. That would be _Red Emma Speaks_, which contains the best material in this volume as well as other excellent essays and excerpts from her entire life's work. In addition, all of this book is available on the Web. So I would have to recommend that those interested in Emma's work get _Red Emma Speaks_ instead of this one.
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Being historically one the more important yet obscure figures in American history, Emma Goldman's anarchist thought is as relevent today as it was when she wrote "Anarchism, and Other Essays". In an age where political apathy, intellectual ignorance and spiritual corruption are the failings of modern civilzation, Emma Goldman's Enlightenment thought is illuminating in its message of the power of direct action as she so lucidly illustrates:
"Anarchism urges man to think, to investigate, to analyze every proposition... (Anarchism is the) philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary.
"The new social order rests, of course, on the materialistic basis of life; but while all Anarchists agree that the main evil today is an economic one, they maintain that the solution of that evil can be brought about only through the consideration of every phase of life,--individual, as well as the collective; the internal, as well as the external phases.
"A thorough perusal of the history of human development will disclose two elements in bitter conflict with each other; elements that are only now beginning to be understood, not as foreign to each other, but as closely related and truly harmonious, if only placed in proper environment: the individual and social instincts. The individual and society have waged a relentless and bloody battle for ages, each striving for supremacy, because each was blind to the value and importance of the other.
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The other reviewers are correct in stating this is not the best collection of Emma Goldman's work, but for an introduction to her thought it will serve that function perfectly. There are some of her best here, "Anarchism: What it Really Stands For," "Minorities vs. Majorities," "Prisons: A Social Crime and Failure" and "Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty" are some of the most powerful anarchist statements you will find. Much of the last half of the book deals with women's rights, Emma was also a feminist. Other books may be more complete, but if you want the other essays they are available all over the Internet.
I also recommend Michael Bakunin's works, especially "God and the State."
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This is, as someone already pointed out, not THE best collection of Emma Goldman's essays; however, it is a great starting point for anyone who wants to learn more about Emma Goldman, her life, her views and about Anarchism in general. It's a great read, completely relevant to today's world in light of Sept. 11 and the anti-globalization riots in Genoa a few months ago. I highly recommend this book to new readers of Emma's work and for those already aquainted with "Red" Emma.
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