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Photo: Emma Goldman’s mugshot, September 10, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois (Credit: wikimedia).

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Week 2 Seminar Notes
15 April, 2017


Bucklin, M. (2004). Emma Goldman: An Exceedingly Dangerous Woman. U.S.: PBS.

Goldman, E. (1996). Red Emma Speaks. Humanities Press

Motmakt. (2011, September 7). Noam Chomsky on libertarian socialism.Youtube.


This week we read chapters two and three of “Red Emma Speaks,” a compilation of speeches and writings by Emma Goldman, and watched “Noam Chomsky on Libertarian Socialism” and “Emma Goldman: A Very Dangerous Woman.” Ricky and I started off by discussing the role of parenting and education in the development of children during this seminar session. We talked about how rebellion against authority is seen as a “teenage phase” that will pass, while Emma describes it as an inevitable rejection of indoctrination. Ricky referred to it as “proof in the pudding”: kids will attempt to find their own ways to develop and grow outside of what they have been taught is right or wrong and outside of the authority of religion, education, and parenting.

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Week 3

23 April, 2017


Harvey, D. (2013). The End of Capitalism. Youtube.

Kropotkin, P. (2003). Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution. The Project Gutenberg Literary Archive Foundation: Ebook.

Malatesta, E. (1891). Anarchy. Freedom Press: Ebook.

Ross, K. (2016). Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune. La Fabrique: London.

This week, Ricky and I discussed Kropotkin, Malatesta, Ross and Harvey over a two-hour seminar session. We started with discussing how we paired Malatesta and Kropotkin readings in the same week through luck–they are both anarcho-communists who discuss mutual aid and cooperation. Malatesta gives a more brief and straight-forward understanding of anarchism and mutual aid, while Kropotkin gives natural history as well as anthropological history a focus in his discussion of mutual aid to provide examples of cooperation used in the animal world as well as the human social world. David Harvey, who is a Marxist economist, does not mention mutual aid specifically but his ideas definitely fit into the idea of cooperation.

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