Emma Goldman (1869-1940)
" 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."
'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
"It takes less mental effort to condemn
than to think."
'The most unpardonable sin in society
is independence of thought."
" The majority cares little for ideals
and integrity. What it craves is display."
" 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."
" How long would authority ... exist,
if not for the willingness of the mass to become soldiers, policemen,
jailers, and hangmen."
" Social and economic well-being
will become a reality only through the zeal, courage, the non-compromising
determination of intelligent minorities, and not through the mass."
" Resistance to tyranny is man's
highest ideal. "
" Conceit, arrogance, and egotism
are the essentials of patriotism."
" When a child has reached manhood,
he is thoroughly saturated with the belief that he is chosen by
the Lord himself to defend his country against the attack or invasion
of any foreigner. It is for that purpose that we are clamoring
for a greater army and navy, more battleships and ammunition."
" The people are urged to be patriotic
... by sacrificing their own children. Patriotism requires allegience
to the flag, which means obedience and readiness to kill father,
mother, brother, sister."
" The experience of every-day life
fully proves that the armed individual is invariably anxious to
try his strength. The same is historically true of governments.
Really peaceful countries do not waste life and energy in war
preparations, with the result that peace is maintained."
" The powers know that the people
at large are like children whose despair, sorrow, and tears can
be turned into joy with a little toy. ... An army and navy represents
the people's toys."