Alexander Berkman (November 21, – June 28, ) was a leading member of the anarchist movement in the early 20th century, famous for both his . “All such people need a primer of Anarchism—an ABC, as it were, that would Alexander Berkman (Author); Emma Goldman (Introduction); Barry Pateman. Alexander Berkman’s “What is Anarchism?” is simply one of the best introductions to the ideas of what is often called class struggle anarchism.

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You were taught that God had made the world and that all is well; that there must be rich and poor, and that you should respect the rich and be content with your lot. The warden retired and his successor improved the prison for all prisoners.

Alexander Berkman – Wikipedia

It is therefore clear that in such cases the verdict will depend more on the mentality and class-consciousness of the particular judge than on the merits of the case.

The judge gave Berkman the maximum sentence for each count: And some lie about Anarchism, because they don’t want you to know the truth about it. Similarly has every despot always sought to stifle the voice of protest and rebellion. It loaded the peoples of Europe with stupendous debts, and put unbearable burdens upon their working classes.

Berkman moved to Saint-CloudFrancein Maybe you are a Christian, or a member of some other religion -Jew, Mormon, Mohammedan, Buddhist, or what not. But no one person has made or can make anything all by himself.

There are people who claim that war is good because it cultivates physical courage.

With that hypocritical motto a country-wide campaign was started, rousing the worst tendencies of intolerance, persecution, and murder in American hearts; filling them with venom and hatred against every one who had the courage to voice an honest and independent opinion; beating up, imprisoning, and deporting those who dared to say that it was a capitalistic war for profits.


Did you ever stop to ask yourself this question: Brrkman across the country defended the union workers, and the trio decided to assassinate Frick. Progress consists in abolishing what man has outlived and substituting in its place a more suitable environment. Will even the church give you a chance to live a Christian life? If not, then why do you put up with it? Anarchismm add insult to injury, they have given you a Thanksgiving Day, that you may offer up pious thanks for what you have not!

We must anarchksm to our manufacturer. You will find that the working class is always the poorest class, in every country. Such freedom only means that you have the right to do a certain thing. There was danger of their being acquitted in the atmosphere of an aroused public sense of justice; there was the fear that the plot to murder them would be exposed. Ludlow Massacre and Lexington Avenue explosion. What are the courts? Yes, it would be fine to do away with it. That is why all of them teach you to be content with your lot and behave yourself.

Little by little they crowded out the independent workman, the artisan, because he could not make things as cheaply as the factory — he could not compete with the big manufacturer.

In short, Anarchism means a condition or society where all men and women anarchis free, and where all enjoy equally the benefits of an ordered and sensible life.

War is bad for you. Tom Mooney was bitterly hated by the vested interests of San Francisco. Maybe you say that God is good, but it is people who are bad, and that is why things are so wrong in the world. Take, for instance, a strike of workers against a corporation or a rich employer.

In like manner have the Bolsheviks proven that Marxian dogma and Leninist principles can lead only to dictatorship and reaction. The fact is, every one is controlled, in the main, by his interests. The employers keep that wealth as their profit, while the worker gets only a wage, just enough to live on, so he can go on producing more wealth for his employer.


Inthe Jewish Anarchist Federation of New York asked Berkman to write an introduction to anarchism intended for the general public. Berkman was deeply interested in the debate concerning his action.

What Is Communist Anarchism: Introduction

The matter ultimately was brought up before Congress. He gives you a job; that is, permission to work in the factory or anarfhism which was not built by him but by other workers ks yourself. Are there not thousands of unemployed waiting for your job and ready to take it the moment you are disabled or dead? The judge will dismiss the case, because it is not against the law for your boss to make profits out of your work. Do they tell you that unemployment, with all its heartache, suffering, and misery is due directly to the system of capitalism?

Straight thinking means plain speaking. Surely your common sense must tell you that such a situation is nothing short of madness.

What is Anarchism? by Alexander Berkman [A Review]

It had been his desire to be anarchis, and have his ashes buried in Waldheim Cemetery in Chicago, near the graves of the Haymarket defendants who had inspired him, but she could not afford the expense. Therefore all that we have, all wealth, is the product of the labor of many people, even of many generations.

We bermkan seen that the interests of the employer and employee are different; so different that they are opposed to each other.

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