Voltairine Cleyre

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Voltairine Cleyre

Voltairine Cleyre

Years! Years, ye shall mix with me!
Ye shall grow a part
Of the laughing Sea;
Of the moaning heart
Of the glittered wave
Of the sun-gleam's dart
In the ocean-grave.
Fair, cold, and faithless wert thou, my own!
For that I love
Thy heart of stone!
From the heights above
To the depths below,
Where dread things move,
There is naught can show
A life so trustless! Proud be thy crown!
Ruthless, like none, save the Sea, alone!More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
And sometimes when I am weary,
When the path is thorny and Wild,
I'll look back to the Eyes in the twilight,
Back to the eyes that smiled.
And pray that a wreath like a rainbow
May slip from the beautiful past,
And Crown me again with the sweet, strong love
And keep me, and hold me fast.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is no peace now, and there will never be peace, so long as one rules over another.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
As to the American tradition of non-meddling, Anarchism asks that it be carried down to the individual himself.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Among the fundamental likeness between the Revolutionary Republicans and the Anarchists is the recognition that the little must precede the great; that the local must be the basis of the general; that there can be a free federation only when there are free communities to federate; that the spirit of the latter is carried into the councils of the former, and a local tyranny may thus become an instrument for general enslavement.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A right , in the abstract, is a fact ; it is not a thing to be given, established, or conferred; it is. Of the exercise of a right power may deprive me; of the right itself, never.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
A standing army is a standing menace to liberty.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The paramount question of the day is not political, is not religious, but is economic. The crying-out demand of today is for a circle of principles that shall forever make it impossible for one man to control another by controlling the means of his existence.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
There is one common struggle against those who have appropriated the earth, the money, and the machines.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I never expect men to give us liberty. No, women, we are not worth it until we take it.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
No one can hate petitions worse than I, and no one has less faith in them than I. But for my champion I am willing to try any means that invades no other's right, even though I have little hope in it.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Government is as unreal, as intangible, as unapproachable as God. Try it, if you don't believe it. Seek through the legislative halls of America and find, if you can, the Government. In the end you will be doomed to confer with the agent, as before.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Capitalistic Anarchism ? Oh, yes, if you choose to call it so. Names are indifferent to me; I am not afraid of bugaboos. Let it be so, then, capitalistic Anarchism.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Socialism and Communism both demand a degree of joint effort and administration which would beget more regulation than is wholly consistent with ideal Anarchism; Individualism and Mutualism, resting upon property, involve a development of the private policeman not at all compatible with my notion of freedom.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
If the believers in liberty wish the principles of liberty taught, let them never intrust that instruction to any government; for the nature of government is to become a thing apart, an institution existing for its own sake, preying upon the people, and teaching whatever will tend to keep it secure in its seat.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
And now, what has Anarchism to say to all this, this bankruptcy of republicanism, this modern empire that has grown up on the ruins of our early freedom? We say this, that the sin our fathers sinned was that they did not trust liberty wholly. They thought it possible to compromise between liberty and government, believing the latter to be 'a necessary evil,' and the moment the compromise was made, the whole misbegotten monster of our present tyranny began to grow. Instruments which are set up to safeguard rights becomeMore Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The question of souls is old—we demand our bodies, now. We are tired of promises, god is deaf, and his church is our worst enemy.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I think it can be shown that the law makes ten criminals where it restrains one.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Speak, speak, speak,
& remember that whenever
anyone's liberty to speak is denied,
your liberty is denied also, & your place
is where the attack is..More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Private enterprise manages better all that to which it is equal. Anarchism declares that private enterprise, whether individual or cooperative, is equal to all the undertakings of society.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
The revolution is ... the blow dealt ... agains the counter force of tyranny, which has never entirely recovered from the blow, but which from then till now has gone on remolding and regrappling the instruments of governmental power, that the Revolution sought to shape and hold as defenses of liberty.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Miss Goldman is a Communist; I am an Individualist. She wishes to destroy the right of property; I wish to assert it. I make my war upon privilege and authority, whereby the right of property, the true right in that which is proper to the individual, is annihilated. She believes that co-operation would entirely supplant competition; I hold that competition in one form or another will always exist, and that it is highly desirable it should.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
We are bound first to imform ourselves concerning so great a matter as the revolt of millions of people- what they are struggling for, what they are struggling against, and how the struggle stands- from day to day...as best you can; and second, to spread this knowledge among others, and endeavor to do what little you can to awaken the consciousness and sympathy of others.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
I die, as I have lived, a free spirit, an Anarchist, owing no allegiance to rulers, heavenly or earthly.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]
Make no laws whatever concerning speech, and speech will be free; so soon as you make a declaration on paper that speech shall be free, you will have a hundred lawyers proving that "freedom does not mean abuse, nor liberty license," and they will define freedom out of existence.More Voltairine Cleyre [03/29/2018 05:03:36]

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