By Steve J. Shone
The 9 thinkers mentioned are Alexander Berkman, Voltairine de Cleyre, Samuel Fielden, Luigi Galleani, Peter Kropotkin, Lucy Parsons, Max Stirner, William Graham Sumner, and Benjamin Tucker.
What emerges from this engagement is a lucid, compelling, and good grounded argument that rules drawn from 19th century American Anarchism have enduring relevance for these looking to remedy modern political problems.
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Which brings us back to the familiar law of equality of liberty, – the greatest amount of individual liberty compatible with the equality of liberty. ” (Tucker 1926, 46) The exception to this rule of tolerance, of course, is the state, because it automatically violates the principle of equal liberty. ” When Ghio talked with Tucker about the state, he noticed a reaction in the latter’s face: Lorsque M. Tucker prononce le mot « État », son accent devient méprisant, son geste plus énergique encore que d’habitude, et ses yeux ont des éclairs qui révèlent la révolte de l’âme.
In recent years, there has been significant interest in the writings of Voltairine de Cleyre (1866–1912), with a number of authors attempting to reassess her work, in some cases drawing increased attention to the perspective that her ideas constitute a form of feminism. Remembered also as a poet, anarchist, and atheist, de Cleyre was born in Leslie, Michigan, a small town south of Lansing. Her parents, who were impoverished tailors, left Leslie when Voltairine was about one year old, following the accidental drowning death of another daughter, Marion, at the age of five.
I thought those men had thrown that bomb, unprovoked, into a mass of men and women” (De Cleyre 1980, 23). Soon, her growing conviction that the judicial aftermath was, rather, the trial of people who had merely spoken out caused her to change her evaluation. ” In fact, she pointed out that a significant number of people’s political beliefs changed as a result of the framing of the Chicago anarchists – “for every drop of blood you spilled on that November day you made an Anarchist” (3). ’ (De Cleyre 1980, 21) In a speech delivered in Boston nine years after the Haymarket Tragedy, de Cleyre asked: What is the most priceless lesson we can learn from the martyrdom of Parsons, Fischer, Engel, Lingg, and Spies?
American anarchism by Steve J. Shone