This  paragraph is in my mind a defining summary of what has come to be known as “classical anarchism”. A beautiful vision of human emancipation.

Emma Goldman’s (1869–1940) closing summary of anarchist principles, circa 1900, from her essay:
Anarchism: What it Really Stands for’ (link to the youtube audiobook (part 2of 3, part 3of 3)):

“Anarchism, then, really stands for the liberation of the human mind from the domination of religion;
the liberation of the human body from the domination of property;
liberation from the shackles and restraint of government.
Anarchism stands for a SOCIAL ORDER based on
* the free grouping of individuals for the purpose of producing real social wealth;
an order that will guarantee to every human being free access to the earth and full enjoyment of the necessities of life  according to; individual desires, tastes, and inclinations.” – (Goldman, 1969: 62)

Goldman critiques religion for oppressing us psychologically, capitalist economics for endangering our
corporal well-being, and government for shutting down our freedoms.

She also asserts that the purpose of anarchism is to liberate humanity from these
tyrannies. She posits a situated politics in which individuality differentiates endlessly,
according to each subject’s ‘desires, tastes and inclinations’.


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