(May 14, 1940) was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe in the first half of the twentieth century.
economics knows that the productivity of labor within the last few decades far exceeds normal demand. But what are normal demands to an abnormal institution? The only demand that... - 24.10.2006, YouTube
" Muchas veces pienso que nosotros, los revolucionarios, somos como el sistema capitalista. Sacamos de los hombres y mujeres lo mejor que poseen, y después nos quedamos tan tranquilos viendo cómo terminan sus días en el abandono y la soledad. "
"Wenn Liebende es nicht fertigbringen, ohne Einschränkung zu geben und zu nehmen, handelt es sich nicht um Liebe, sondern um einen Geschäftsabschluß, in dem ständig Plus und Minus gegeneinander abgewogen werden." - Das Tragische an der Emanzipation der Frau", in: EmmaGoldman, Frauen in der Revolution, Bd. 2, Berlin 1977, S. 9-18; vgl. http://ger.anarchopedia.org/Emma_Goldmann/Das_Tragische_an_der_Emanzipation_der_Frau
Ladies and gentlemen, I came here to avoid as much as possible treading on your corns. I had intended to deal only with the basic issue of economics that dictates our lives from the cradle to the grave, regardless of our religion or moral beliefs. I see now that it was a mistake. If one enters a battle, he cannot be squeamish about a few corns. Here, then, are my answers: I do not believe in God, because I believe in man. Whatever his mistakes, man has for thousands of years past been working to undo the botched job your God has made. As to killing rulers, it depends entirely on the position of the ruler. If it is the Russian Czar, I most certainly believe in dispatching him to where he belongs. If the ruler is as ineffectual as an American President, it is hardly worth the effort. There are, however, some potentates I would kill by any and all means at my disposal. They are Ignorance, Superstition, and Bigotry — the most sinister and tyrannical rulers on earth. As for the gentleman who asked if free love would not build more houses of prostitution, my answer is: They will all be empty if the men of the future look like him. - Responding to audience questions during a speech in Detroit (1898); as recounted in Living My Life (1931), p. 207; quoted by Annie Laurie Gaylor in Women Without Superstition, p. 382