"When we can't dream any longer we die."
Bitch, Ph.D. brings our attention to the fact that today's Feminist of the Day is none other than the great Emma Goldman, one of history's most articulate advocates for freedom. Here are some of the things she had to say (in addition to the title of this post):
- 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... Yet our hearts swell with pride at the thought that America is becoming the most powerful nation on earth, and that she will eventually plant her iron foot on the necks of all other nations. Such is the logic of patriotism.
- When we have undermined the patriotic lie, we shall have cleared the path for the great structure where all shall be united into a universal brotherhood— a truly free society.
- All wars are wars among thieves who are too cowardly to fight and therefore induce the young manhood of the whole world to do the fighting for them.
- How long would authority and private property exist, if not for the willingness of the mass to become soldiers, policemen, jailers, and hangmen.
- If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal.
- Women need not always keep their mouths shut and their wombs open.
- Public school— where the human mind is drilled and manupulated into submission to various social and moral spooks, and thus fitted to continue our system of exploitation and oppression.
- Resistance to tyranny is man's highest ideal.
- 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.
- The majority cannot reason; it has no judgement. It has always placed its destiny in the hands of others; it has followed its leaders even into destruction. The mass has always opposed, condemned, and hounded the innovator, the pioneer of a new truth.
- The most unpardonable sin in society is independence of thought.