War Dictionary

By Alexander Berkman (1917)

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(1870 - 1936)

Globe-Trotting Anarchist, Journalist, and Exposer of Bolshevik Tyranny

: He was a well-known anarchist leader in the United States and life-long friend of Emma Goldman, a young Russian immigrant whom he met on her first day in New York City. The two became lovers and moved in together, remaining close friends for the rest of Berkman's life. (From: Anarchy Archives.)
• "It must always be remembered - and remembered well - that revolution does not mean destruction only. It means destruction plus construction, with the greatest emphasis on the plus." (From: "The Russian Tragedy," by Alexander Berkman, The R....)
• "But the 'triumph' of the Bolsheviki over Kronstadt held within itself the defeat of Bolshevism. It exposes the true character of the Communist dictatorship. The Communists proved themselves willing to sacrifice Communism, to make almost any compromise with international capitalism, yet refused the just demands of their own people -- demands that voiced the October slogans of the Bolsheviki themselves: Soviets elected by direct and secret ballot, according to the Constitution of the R.S.F.S.R.; and freedom of speech and press for the revolutionary parties." (From: "The Kronstadt Rebellion," by Alexander Berkman, 1....)
• "The state has no soul, no principles. It has but one aim -- to secure power and hold it, at any cost." (From: "The Kronstadt Rebellion," by Alexander Berkman, 1....)

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ALLIES: The fairies of Democracy.

BARBARIANS: The other fellows.

CONGRESS: The valet of Woodrow the First.

CENSORSHIP: The rape of Free Speech.

CONSCRIPTION: Free men fighting against their will.


DEMOCRACY: The voice of the Gallery Gods.

FREE SPEECH: Say what you please, but keep your mouth shut.

HUNS: Loyal patriots from Central Europe.

HUMANITY: Treason to government.

JUSTICE: Successful target shooting.

KAISER: A President's ambition.

LIBERTY BOND: A bone from a bonehead.

LIBERTY LOAN: The bread line of the Unborn.

LOYAL CITIZEN: Deaf, dumb, and blind.

MILITARISM: Christianity in action.

PATRIOTISM: Hating your neighbor.

REGISTRATION: Funeral march of Liberty.

SEDITION: The proof of Tyranny.

SLACKER: Jesus Christ.

TRENCHES: Digging your own grave.

UN-AMERICAN: Independent opinion.


UNIFORM: Government strait-jacket.

VICTORY: Ten million dead.

WAR: The propaganda of Democracy.


Which is the braver? The man who falls in line with the great majority or he that faces the wrath of millions for conscience sake?

Do not confound us with the pacifists. We believe in fighting. Aye, we have been fighting all our lives-- fighting injustice, oppression, and tyranny. Almost single handed at that.

We are not pacifists. But we want to know what we are fighting for, and we refuse to fight for the enemies and the exploiters of humanity.

(Source: The Blast, Vol. 2, No. 5, June 1, 1917.)

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