(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.)
• "But when the industries will again begin to function more or less systematically, [Soviet] Russia will face a very difficult and complex labor situation. Labor organizations, trade unions, do not exist in Russia, so far as the legitimate activities of such bodies are concerned. The Bolsheviki abolished them long ago. With developing production and capitalism, governmental as well as private, Russia will see the rise of a new proletariat whose interests must naturally come into conflict with those of the employing class. A bitter struggle is imminent. A struggle of a twofold nature: against the private capitalist, and against the State as an employer of labor." (From : "The Russian Tragedy," by Alexander Berkman, The R....)
• "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....)
• "The present situation in Russia [in 1921] is most anomalous. Economically it is a combination of State and private capitalism. Politically it remains the 'dictatorship of the proletariat' or, more correctly, the dictatorship of the inner circle of the Communist Party." (From : "The Russian Tragedy," by Alexander Berkman, The R....)
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.
CIVILIZATION: In God We Trust.
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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