listening to Season of the Bitch talk about Emma Goldman
@interneteh property is the dominion over things And the denial.of the use of others of those things
@interneteh the two biggest problems Emma said are that man must sell labor and that his inclination and judgment are subordinated to the will of a master.
@interneteh All forms of government rely on violence and are therefore wrong, harmful and unnecessary
@interneteh the hosts ask why aren't anarchists called Goldmanites? there are Leninists, Marxists, Trotskyists, even Stalinists. Why aren't there philosophies or theories named after woman?
@interneteh but what about crime? don't we need a state to keep us safe from crime? Goldman writes we could turn every lamppost into a gallows without it having the slightest impact on crime one way or another. She says even lawmakers don't believe laws prevent crime
@interneteh she adds, most crimes are crimes against property and as such are products of poverty. If you want to prevent crime, eliminate poverty.
She was critical of the first wave feminism of the suffragettes at the time in certain ways. There was an idea that women voters would be softer and less inclined to imperialism and war. Goldman wasn't buying this. To her, militarism is part of the state apparatus and you can't have a state that isn't imperialist, even if it includes women.
She also wrote a lot about love and marriage, viewing love as a revolutionary act.
Free love? As if love is anything but free! Man has bought brains, but all the millions in the world have failed to buy love. Man has subdued bodies, but all the power on earth has been unable to subdue love. Man has conquered whole nations, but all his armies could not conquer love. Man has chained and fettered the spirit, but he has been utterly helpless before love. High on a throne, with all the splendor and pomp his gold can command, man is yet poor and desolate, if love passes him by. And if it stays, the poorest hovel is radiant with warmth, with life and color. Thus love has the magic power to make of a beggar a king. Yes, love is free; it can dwell in no other atmosphere.
She drew a hard line between a love based on equal partnership and marriage, based on transaction.
Love, the strongest and deepest element in all life, the harbinger of hope, of joy, of ecstasy; love, the defier of all laws, of all conventions; love, the freest, the most powerful moulder of human destiny; how can such an all-compelling force be synonymous with that poor little State and Church-begotten weed, marriage?
She wrote and spoke about how being queer wasn't unnatural or weird. She said it is a tragedy that people of a different sexual type are caught in a world which shows so little understanding for homosexuals and is so crassly indifferent to the variations of gender and their great significance in life.
Emma Goldman wrote a new Declaration of Independence. It's a good read!
"...each and every individual is and ought to be free to own himself and to enjoy the full fruit of his labor; that man is absolved from all allegiance to the kings of authority and capital; that he has, by the very fact of his being, free access to the land and all means of production, and entire liberty of disposing of the fruits of his efforts"
"...to achieve this end man must emancipate himself from the sacredness of property, the respect for man-made law, the fear of the Church, the cowardice of public opinion, the stupid arrogance of national, racial, religious, and sex superiority, and from the narrow puritanical conception of human life."
If you want to hear the Coven talk about Emma, check it out!
@interneteh proto-poly goldman when?
@a_breakin_glass I haven't really heard that one myself
@interneteh haha you know why 😐
@ItsJenNotGabby I'm being told it's tankie to recognize the intellectual contributions of comrades I guess
@interneteh hahaha no it's the sexism.
Stalinists literally are tankies so that just doesn't even make fucking sense. Damn.
@interneteh @interneteh In Politics Aristotle discusses how man’s evolutionary journey has predisposed him to the development and necessity of governmental convention. I’m still going through it, but the fact that he is exploring similar political ideologies in his time in Greece as we are today in America and Europe is a bit mind blowing.
@Angusbob Goldman and Stalin are opposite poles. She wrote two books. one was called "my disillusionment in Russia" and another "my further disillusionment in Russia" lol
@interneteh lol. I don’t know anything about Goldman, I’ll add her to my reading list. I was referring to the system Stalin employed to abolish personal property rights.
@Angusbob IMO, Stalin didn't do away with private property. He established state private property. This is why some people call his way of doing things "state capitalism." Socialism requires the people to get greater control over the things they make. It's not swapping the boss for "the people's boss"
@interneteh this is a valid perspective. Stalin still violently eradicated private property in the name of the people. Granted, he was insane.
@Angusbob I don't think he was insane. He was a politician. He got people through WWII at huge costs, and then when they were on the other side of it, rather than tell them more sacrifices were needed, he did what politicians do. He said "hey, we won!" We did it, we made socialism happen. And he stopped going for further development along socialist lines.
@interneteh this topic can quickly progress into a different direction than the op so I’ll just reference his erratic and seeming paranoid view of science and public works which bordered on germicidal treatment of the Russian people.
@Angusbob @interneteh if Elon Musk, or Gwenyth Paltrow, or George Lucas, or whatever person symbolizes disconnection from reality via wealth and privilege to you, were to somehow gain absolute control of a large nation and its military the results would be equally insane, maybe with less murder but also maybe not
@interneteh incredible thread, thank you!!
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