Emma Goldman 17Dec08

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Emma Goldman 17Dec08 - ( ( EMMA GOLDMAN AT LABOR HALL Anarchist...
( ( EMMA GOLDMAN AT LABOR HALL Anarchist Prophctcs Holds Forth to Quiet and Orderly Meeting The Creed of Disintegration and What It Means The Philosophy of the Improbable Improbable Future. Quiet and orderly enmiull to lie worthy cf the best traditions f l.ubor hnll which was mice n church was the Kmnm (ioldinan kvtnro l. - iot evening. There was a good attendance, and many revolutionary thinkers were union those present. The applause, though at times lienriy, eauuot he said to have shown that the audience wan violently interested. The distinctive feature of the meeting was the profusion of literature offered for sale. While the audience was assembling, and again while it was dispersing, dispersing, book by Maxim (lorky, l'rinee Kropotkiu and oilier writers of a similar type were vigorously peddled by lr. Keitman and other atlendnuts on the lecturer. lr. Keitman took the chair and opened opened with a few references to recent experiences experiences in ltellingham and other coast cities. Along the road, he said, they had been entertained iu the most magnificent manner. At Hellingham a delegation of citizens had offered to throw them into the hay. At Hellingham the spirit of Liberty manifested itself more than ever before. The police department was in full force. They were offered the hospitality hospitality of the town, and the best room in the city jnil was given to Miss Goldman. Goldman. In the morninu, to show their appreciation appreciation of her phiheophy, they charged charged her ?5KH bail. In Canada we had what we called British fairplay, in the States they had what they called a square deal The two things were much different. They had looked forward with very great pleasure to coming to Canada, where they could enjoy a little peace and a little liberty. Doubtless, he continued, many were present out of curiosity. They had come to hear Miss Goldman, just 4s they would go to hear Carrie Nation, John L. Sullivan, or anyone else. Miss Goldman was not here to amuse; she was here with a message for thinking men and women. Anarchists, he declared, declared, were not a lot of cut - throats; anarchism was o philosophy, lie announced announced that the subject of the lecture would be: "Churehisin and what it really stands for?" Tlie lecturer began with the remark that social theories differed from religious religious dogma, in that invited criticism and analysis. "I am here," she said, "not to discuss the anarchism of the newspapers, but the anarchism that I stand for.1' Anarchism stood for destruction destruction of the institutions that were holding men and women in bondage, and denying millions of human beings the right to enjoy human life in their own way and according to their own desires. desires. Regarded from the standpoint of human character and human integrity anarchism was a beautiful, sane and healthy brotherhood. I'roceeding, she argued that the present present evils of society were an economic necessity and that the remedy must be internal as well as external, the solution solution must be a collective as well as an individual solution. Anarchy aimed at harmony between those two principles, those two instincts, in human affairs the union of the sociul and tlie in dividual instincts. Anarchism proposed to restore the dignity of the individual, and iu order to accomplish this it waged war upon property and organized government government by all possible means at its command. "Anarchism insists," she de clared, "that man is not here to be sa crificed on behalf of things, but things are here to be sacrificed on behalf of man." She denied that government is a necessity, and that government in any condition of society had contrmutea greater productivity of any sort. Government Government never undertook to feed the workineman except with bullets, it made no difference whether the rnler was a czar, a king, or a president, fche denied that governments prevent crime, and asserted that governments fostered crime. Government, she said, was aa instrument which any man was willing to apply to "the other fellow." Thee, with a few harmless squint directed at the police, were, in substance, substance, the lecture. In reply to questions at the Hose the lecturer said that under anarchism the people who did the work would run the industries; that human nature, not government, was the basis of the social etruetnre; that the race would take care of itself if men and women mated for love and not from monetary considerations, considerations, that anarchUin did not recognize recognize the collective system; that in an economic sense there m a class struggle, in a social sense there is not; that government is an effect, not a cause the result of the tendency to esy to the other fellow: "You need coercion"; coercion"; that anarehiMu is opposed to capitalism: that the mean of production production should t owned by all robin - tarily, though, not conipulforilr; that selfishness is not bad, but that the per - rersion of elfihnes, the gmnjr to one man a chance to gratify bis selfishness at the expense nf the aelfishness of everybody else, is bad. NO KKSTAMlANT BYLAW. $3 for

Clipped from Vancouver Daily World17 Dec 1908, ThuPage 2

Vancouver Daily World (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)17 Dec 1908, ThuPage 2
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