2008/05/04Requiem for A Dangerous Woman

“I want freedom, the right to self-expression, everybody’s right to be beautiful, radiant things.” – Emma Goldman (1869-1940)

Recently, I was asked who my hero was. It’s a question that strikes a chord within me differently, depending on what is happening within myself. Some days it is Jesus Christ, who wrote me a letter through the Interdimensional Portal. Sometimes it’s Thor Heyerdahl, the man who built and sailed the Kon-Tiki across the Pacific Ocean from Peru to Rapa Nui, or as it is more widely known, Easter Island. On another day, it could be the late, great science fiction writer, Philip K. Dick, or reggae musician, Peter Tosh.

But after watching Warren Beatty’s fantastic movie, Reds, today’s hero is the return of an old friend, Emma Goldman, the Lithuanian-born American Anarchist, AKA “Red Emma,” who makes a cameo in Reds, was a tireless rebel, a powerful orator who drew large crowds wherever she spoke. Of course, this made her a target of the Federales, who jailed Emma repeatedly in 1893, 1901, 1916, 1918, 1919, and 1921. Her crime usually committed in the act of speaking, but against US involvement in WWI, the advocating of birth control and telling workers if they couldn’t afford to buy bread, then take bread.

Of course, free speech such as this had to be contained,, So Emma would be hounded by the authorities, but she didn’t care much, saying:

I may be arrested, I may be tried and thrown in jail, but I will never be silent. I will never acquiesce or submit to authority, nor will I make peace with a system that degrades women to a mere incubator. I now and here declare war upon this system and will not rest until a path has been cleared for a free motherhood and a healthy, joyous and happy childhood.”

Emma indeed declared war on the system. Her life was a war against the forces of capitalist, religious and authoritarian oppression.

Emma was even at war with the idea of “God,” which is something that I can get behind. She considered Religion just as repressive as Capitalism. And she makes some great points in her article, The Philosophy of Atheism, for Mother Earth magazine

She writes in The Philosophy of Atheism, Mankind has been punished long and heavily for having created its gods; nothing but pain and persecution have been man’s lot since gods began.” And at the end of this piece, she concludes, “Atheism in its negation of gods is at the same time the strongest affirmation of man, and through man, the eternal yea to life, purpose, and beauty.”

What manner of woman was this? It would take  J. Edgar Hoover to remove Emma from the United States, along with the arrest of 10,000 other anarchist and communist “subversives” living in twenty-five different cities in an unprecedented deportation sweep that sent 241 “subversives” to Russia. Emma had earned her fame of being “the most dangerous woman alive,” because of her unrelenting vision of absolute freedom and her stinging commentaries on the era’s social conventions (marriage being nothing more than “legalized prostitution”). As far as politics, she remarked dryly, “If voting changed anything, they’d make it illegal.” Emma would live in exile for the rest of her life, although she did travel the world helping workers and revolutionaries whenever she could. She died in Toronto in 1940. Her body was buried in Chicago. She lived a life of dedication to the ideal of freedom.

When the Portal interviews began last August, Emma Goldman was one of the first beings I wanted to speak. I had already seen the other interviews I suggested by Peter Tosh and Philip K. Dick, so when Bernard said the Emma Goldman would come through. I was very excited. Several weeks passed before Bernard posted a message saying that Emma Goldman wouldn’t be coming through the Portal because the White Light, angry over how she tried to get people to wake up, wiped her so completely, that nothing was left but the resonant connection. Mother Teresa pretty much said that if a person “got wise” to what was going on in the dimensions, when that being crossed over, they would be completely “wiped.” Nothing left. So it was with Emma.

You can’t hear me, Emma, or read these words. There would never be salvation for your soul, because the soul was a prison and a death for you. But I am grateful for your selfless example. You couldn’t make it there with us, but you pointed the way. So, thank you. I take what you were into me, as equal and one.

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2 thoughts on “2008/05/04Requiem for A Dangerous Woman

  1. Absolutely.
    She is also my hero(ine)
    What about Malatesta, Wollstonecraft or Ibárruri?
    I wish I could still feel some of their legacy

  2. Malatesta, Wollstencraft I heard of. Read up on Ibarruri-seems a lot like Emma. But what is the deal with Spain? Such a polarized political history!

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