Alexander Berkman

Alexander Berkman

was an anarchist known for his political activism and writing
When the highwayman holds his gun to your head, you turn your valuables over to him. You 'consent' alright, but you do so because you cannot help yourself, because you are compelled by his gun. Are you not compelled to work for an employer? Your need compels you, just as the highwaymans gun.More Alexander Berkman quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
What is this thing we call government? Is it anything but organized violence? The law orders you to obey, and if you don't obey, it will compel you by force - all governments, all law and authority finally rest on force and violence, on punishment or fear of punishment.More Alexander Berkman quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Are you not compelled to work for an employer? Your need compels you just as the highwayman’s gun. You must live … You can’t work for yourself … The factories, machinery, and tools belong to the employing class, so you must hire yourself out to that class in order to work and live. Whatever you work at, whoever your employer may be, it always comes to the same: you must workfor him. You can’t help yourself. You are compelled.More Alexander Berkman quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
It is the system, rather than individuals, that is the source of pollution and degradation. My prison-house environment is but another manifestation of the Midas-hand, whose cursed touch turns everything to the brutal service of Mammon.More Alexander Berkman quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Certainly the worker has nothing to lose by a change from government and capitalism to a condition of no government, of anarchy.More Alexander Berkman quotes [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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