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“But what about human nature? Can it be changed? And if not, will it endure under Anarchism?

Poor human nature, what horrible crimes have been committed in thy name! Every fool, from king to policeman, from the flatheaded parson to the visionless dabbler in science, presumes to speak authoritatively of human nature. The greater the mental charlatan, the more definite his insistence on the wickedness and weaknesses of human nature. Yet, how can any one speak of it today, with every soul in a prison, with every heart fettered, wounded, and maimed?

John Burroughs has stated that experimental study of animals in captivity is absolutely useless. Their character, their habits, their appetites undergo a complete transformation when torn from their soil in field and forest. With human nature caged in a narrow space, whipped daily into submission, how can we speak of its potentialities?

Freedom, expansion, opportunity, and, above all, peace and repose, alone can teach us the real dominant factors of human nature and all its wonderful possibilities.

Anarchism, then, really stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion 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.

This is not a wild fancy or an aberration of the mind. It is the conclusion arrived at by hosts of intellectual men and women the world over; a conclusion resulting from the close and studious observation of the tendencies of modern society: individual liberty and economic equality, the twin forces for the birth of what is fine and true in man.”
― Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays


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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 7, 2014 at 12:46am

Napoleon, the music you supply drives me crazy, but then, I am not a music person. 

Emma Goldman was an anarchist and her writings inspired me in so many different ways. However, I could never figure out how she would get roads built, stop lights installed, water supplied to people and a safe sewage system, among other things. The infrastructure of a community takes management, planning, implementation, oversight. She never explained how these functions of a civil society would be made possible. 

When it comes to nations, that is so far more complicated and then we try to get 50 states to agree to accomplish its basic functions. With power in the hands of one president, a few hundred congress and senate people, and a handful of judges, and expect money not to get into the way of justice in the interests of greed and corruption it is an impossible task. 

I like the idea of anarchists gathering in defiance of all these problems, but when it comes right down to it, the anarchists can make a big fuss; they often are not great leaders. 

So, what is your remedy? 

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 7, 2014 at 12:13am

Well, she's got it right about religion. I've been called an anarchist and aspects of the philosophy appeal to me, particularly internationalism but I should really look into it more. I will, it's interesting.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2014 at 11:36pm

This is inspiring. Thank you for sharing with us Napoleon. 

Comment by Napoleon Bonaparte on March 6, 2014 at 10:38pm

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