Emma Goldman (1869-1940) played an integral role in further defining libertarian philosophy, but even more as an uncompromising activist against statist economics and the beginning of the warfare Empire. She laid the roots for a rational feminist movement when women were not accepted as capable of being anywhere near rational. Her writings and life show us that she never took an institution asserting authority as self-justifying. She was the person Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President William McKinley, said inspired him to do so.
Known as an ‘anarcha-feminist’ to many, an advocate for liberty, reason, individualism, mutual cooperation, homesteading, atheism, free speech, female emancipation, sexual freedom, birth control, morally just insurrection, against politics, politicians, and the conscription of the working class on behalf of the oligarchs. A Russian immigrant exiled from the U.S. after three decades of life for her opposition to U.S. involvement in World War I. With her flaws, she’s one of the relatively few true heroes (heroines) in a U.S. history full of villains.
Part One: “Arriving in America” (9:26):
Part Two: “Propaganda by the Deed” (9:50):
Part Three “Feminism and Leon Czolgosz” (7:20):
Part Four: “The Public Speaker” (9:30):
Part Five: ” The Great War” (9:35):
Part Six: “The Russian Disaster” (9:59):
Part Seven: “The Final Years in Exile” (9:57):