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PHIL 153
Jim Molos

EMMA GOLDMAN: ANARCHISM “Anarchism: What It Really Stands For” - Definition of anarchism (her perception) - Defends against two standard objections - Relates anarchm to liberation from 3 forms of bondage (private property, etc.) o Explain bondage - Prospects and benefits of anarchy Practicality is a terrible reason. Misses point. Looking for empirical instead of normative The philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary. - Government unnecessary - Coercion is wrong, harmful, unnecessary and avoidable - People should be in harmony but government structure is a cause of wrong (bad environment) - “Main evil today is an economic one” - Government uses violence to keep institution in place (forcefully imposed) while anarchism only uses violence to break institution - Voluntary associations with agreeable terms and nothing is imposed - Individual’s good is to fulfill his/her role in the collective (kidney to the body) - Can’t just address economic situation - Anarchy dissolves age-old conflict between individual and collective - Anarchism frees the man from
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