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Red Emma Speaks: Selected Writings and Speeches

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Offering a composite of the life of the notorious anarchist-feminist revolutionary, Emma Goldman, this collection includes nine of her essays, sections from her autobiography, and over 16 other pieces ranging from anarchism, sex, and prostitution, to prisons, religion, violence, and war.
Hardcover, 413 pages
Published January 1st 1972 by Random House
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Terence
Sep 17, 2012 Terence rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: political activists & anarchists
Emma Goldman is one of my heroes but I haven't gone back to any of her writings in far too long so it's high time that I'm rereading this collection of some of her most important work.

Highly recommended.
Tinea
Aug 19, 2008 Tinea rated it liked it
Recommended to Tinea by: Arthur
As it says in the intro to this book, not much of what Goldman says is unique-- you can find better articulated arguments for anarcho-syndicalism and anti-militarism elsewhere. This isn't the book to learn anarchist theory. But in each of these essays, there is some little gem that sticks out and crystalizes her theory into something passionate and tangible. Goldman's writing is so sure and grabbing and excited. Convincing.

Particularly good essays:
"Minorities versus majorities" - on why anarchis
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Alex
Feb 06, 2008 Alex rated it really liked it
probably the best of the three 'anarchist' books i've read recently, because Emma Goldman was an American and lived during the 20th century, so has the most relevant things to say about this stupid and messed-up society we live in. her essays here range from feminism, to education, to sexuality, to prisons, to war, to violence, to revolution and counter-revolution.

my favorite pieces here are the Afterword to her wonderful anti-Bolshevik book "My Disillusionment in Russia" and her essay "There I
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Phemit87
Nov 09, 2015 Phemit87 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give it 5 stars if it weren't for the feminist chapters. Her least interesting ideas
Zack
Apr 18, 2008 Zack rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is casual introduction to the works of Emma Goldman, the most bad-ass Anarcho-feminist from the early 20th century.

This collection of short pieces will expose you to her views about capitolism, anarchism, atheism, racism and why as a feminist, she opposed the women's suffrage movement.
Kitty
Mar 30, 2008 Kitty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I love her. I love her SO MUCH. even if i dont' agree 100% with everything she says. She's like a spiritual grandma. Read it. It will make you challenge your thoughts and perspectives of everything. Even now, 100+ years later.
Stray
May 31, 2007 Stray rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: anarchism
A collection of Emma Goldman's finest essays. Amazingly articulate and concise. Even the most harsh critics of anarchist philosophy will have trouble refuting her.

READ THIS BOOK, DAMMIT!
Ryan Mishap
Sep 07, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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You are pretty much going to have to read Goldman to understand anarchist history anyway, so start here AFTER you read here autobiography.
Jennifer
Jun 27, 2007 Jennifer is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: cool people
this book has great, short essays. the men in our lives should read this fucker.
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Nina
Oct 13, 2009 Nina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Absolutely awesome.
Valori
Apr 20, 2010 Valori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She is about as RAD as it gets.
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Emma Goldman was a feminist anarchist known for her political activism, writing and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century.

Born in Kovno in the Russian Empire (present-day Kaunas, Lithuania), Goldman emigrated to the US in 1885 and lived in New York City, where she joined the bu
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“Every society has the criminals it deserves.” 139 likes
“Anarchism alone stresses the importance of the individual, his possibilities and needs in a free society. Instead of telling him that he must fall down and worship before institutions, live and die for abstractions, break his heart and stunt his life for taboos, Anarchism insists that the center of gravity in society is the individual--that he must think for himself, act freely, and live fully. The aim of Anarchism is that every individual in the world shall be able to do so. If he is to develop freely and fully, he must be relieved from the interference and oppression of others. Freedom is, therefore, the cornerstone of the Anarchist philosophy. Of course, this has nothing in common with a much boasted "rugged individualism." Such predatory individualism is really flabby, not rugged. At the least danger to its safety it runs to cover of the state and wails for protection of armies, navies, or whatever devices for strangulation it has at its command. Their "rugged individualism" is simply one of the many pretenses the ruling class makes to unbridled business and political extortion.” 11 likes
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