In the early 19th century, anarchist Emma Goldman was described as "the most dangerous woman in America". Her radical thought still seems highly contemporary in this audiobook, as she explores social and personal problems that are conspicuous today.
Suzanne Toren captures the politics and opinions of this seminal thinker like a powerful orator at a podium. Her bold and impeccable delivery is a fitting match for the substance of Anarchism and Other Essays, an accessible book that was clearly ahead of its time. The performance opens with an illuminating biographical sketch of Goldman and then proceeds to express Goldman's opinions on everything from imprisonment to prostitution.
Among the men and women prominent in the public life of early 20th-century America there are but few whose names are mentioned as often as that of Emma Goldman. Yet the real Emma Goldman is almost quite unknown. The sensational press has surrounded her name with so much misrepresentation and slander, it would seem almost a miracle that, in spite of this web of calumny, the truth breaks through and a better appreciation of this much maligned idealist begins to manifest itself. Here are powerful, penetrating, prophetic essays on direct action, the role of minorities, prison reform, puritan hypocrisy, and violence.
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There is considerable emotion and simmering anger in the narration, which there should be.
If, like I, you seek to learn something about an oft misunderstood person and philosophy (Anarchism) then this book will give you some concept and right some misunderstandings.
Sometimes it got a bit monotonous and with the benefit of hindsight we can see all the flaws in Goldman's beliefs but it was a good reading.
"The narration is crazy spectacular"
It really delivers on an anarchist perspective. It's facinating to see how far we've come and how much further we have to go.
"Critical reading for today's world"
Written in 1910, every bit of the knowledge that Goldman sought and disseminated here is painfully relevant today. Anarchism, as Goldman said elsewhere, will always prevail in the human spirit because it touches the underlying truths of capitalism, government, and authority. Despite smear tactics from the state and capitalist media, despite the important but controversial tactics of cultural anarchists and the blackbloc, one also comes to the believe that anarchism also touches on the fundamental truths of humanity.
I highly recommend this book to any who wishes to emancipate themselves from the compact masses of droning capitalist cannon fodder.
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