anarchism

A Quote by Lucy Parsons on anarchism, state, anarchy, iww, wobblies, power, and government

"Concentrated power can be always wielded in the interest of the few and at the expense of the many. Government in its last analysis is this power reduced to a science. Governments never lead; they follow progress. When the prison, stake or scaffold can no longer silence the voice of the protesting minority, progress moves on a step, but not until then".

Lucy Parsons

Contributed by: CS5446

A Quote by Errico Malatesta on anarchism, state, violence, and anarchy

Anarchists are opposed to violence; everyone knows that. The main plank of anarchism is the removal of violence from human relations. It is life based on freedom of the individual, without the intervention of the gendarme. For this reason we are the enemies of capitalism which depends on the protection of the gendarme to oblige workers to allow themselves to be exploited--or even to remain idle and go hungry when it is not in the interest of the bosses to exploit them. We are therefore enemies of the State which is the coercive violent organization of society.

Errico Malatesta

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A Quote by Utah Phillips on labor, anarchism, and mutual aid

"Frying-Pan Jack and I were in that camp, that's where he said to me, he'd been tramping since 1927, 'I told myself in '27,  if I cannot dictate the conditions of my labor, I will henceforth cease to work.' You don't have to go to college to figure these things out, no sir. He said, 'I learned when I was young that the only true life I had was the life of my brain. But if it's true that the only real life I had was the life of my  brain, what sense does it make to hand that brain to someone for eight hours a day,  for their particular use, on the presumption that at the end of the day they will give it back in an unmutilated condition? Fat chance!'"

Utah Phillips

Source: Utah Phillips, "Bum on theRod", on Ani Difranco and Utah Phillips, "The Past Didn't Go Anywhere"

Contributed by: aarons

A Quote by Vinoba Bhave on anarchism, democracy, and government

If you want to cut down a tree, it is no use to climb into its branches.

Vinoba Bhave

Source: Bhoodan, Democratic Values

Contributed by: GDW

A Quote by Emma Goldman on revolution, anarchism, and dance

If I can't dance, I don't want to be part of your revolution.

Emma Goldman (1869 - 1940)

Contributed by: Barry

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