Emma Goldman, (b. 1869, d. 1940) the redoubtable anarchist and feminist of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries would have turned 144 today.
While many continue to face the same oppressions Emma dedicated her life against – those standing at the intersectional crossroads of race, class, gender, sexuality, mental and physical health – it is more important than ever to remember the politics and personality that made up her extraordinary life.
Her personal legacy may not be universally recognised, especially in the mainstream, but her political vision lives on today, embodied in the character of contemporary struggles against austerity and authoritarianism.
You can find out more about her from Howard Zinn’s excellent lecture for AK Press Audio, Emma Goldman: A Dangerous Woman – the audio of which is available to stream or download here.
If you’re interested in learning more about the resurgence of anarchist ideas and practice in social movements, check out Pluto’s new book, The Anarchist Turn, details of which are below.
Edited by Jacob Blumenfeld, Chiara Bottici and Simon Critchley
Brings together innovative and fresh perspectives on contemporary anarchism.
“The Anarchist Turn is an important signpost on our new political and ethical terrain. It affirms anarchism as the unmistakable horizon of our present condition.” – Saul Newman, Reader in Political Theory, Goldsmiths University of London.