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Mother Earth cover
CONTEXT: This illustration appeared on the cover of the first
issue of Goldman's
anarchist magazine, Mother Earth. The magazine published writings on
anarchism, news of national and international anarchist and labor activities,
and poetry and drama criticism.
"I shall begin with a definition.... Anarchism: The philosophy of a new social order based on liberty unrestricted by man-made law; the theory that all forms of government rest on violence, and are therefore wrong and harmful, as well as unnecessary."
"Anarchism, then, really stands for the liberation of the human mind from the dominion of religion; the liberation of the human body from the dominion of property: liberation from the shackles and restraint of government. Anarchism stands for a social order based on the free grouping of individuals for the purpose of producing real social wealth; an order that will guarantee to every human being free access to the earth and full enjoyment of the necessities of life, according to individual desires, tastes, and inclinations."
|"Anarchism... is the great, surging, living truth that is reconstructing the world, and that will usher in the Dawn."|
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