Emma Goldman Quote

“Order derived through submission and maintained by terror is not much of a safe guaranty; yet that is the only "order" that governments have ever maintained.  True social harmony grows naturally out of solidarity of interests.  In a society where those who always work never have anything, while those who never work enjoy everything, solidarity of interests is non-existent; hence social harmony is but a myth.... Thus the entire arsenal of governments - laws, police, soldiers, the courts, legislatures, prisons - is strenuously engaged in "harmonizing" the most antagonistic elements in society.”

~ Emma Goldman


Ratings and Comments

Henry Blumenstein, Cincinnati

I find this to be a brilliant analogy that differentiaites between what we say we are doing and what we actually are all about. We are bullied through our supposed values, and when they go wrong we are blamed.

jim k, Austin, Tx

I'm with Henry on this quote.

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Anonymous    8/8/11

You can count on me Henry.

Anonymous, Reston, VA, US

She should have remembered more of going to bed hungry during the depression... while the filthy rich continued to eat and denied the poor and needy... sorta like the filthy rich still does today.


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