Alexander Berkman Quotes

Alexander Berkman (November 21, 1870 – June 28, 1936) was a leading member of the anarchist movement in the early 20th century, famous for both his political activism and his writing

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Alexander Berkman


Certainly the worker has nothing to lose by a change from government and capitalism to a condition of no government, of anarchy.

Alexander Berkman


Anarchy: It is NOT bombs, disorder or chaos. It is NOT robbery and murder. It is NOT a war of each against all. It is NOT a return to barbarism or to the wild state of man. Anarchism is the very opposite of all that.

Alexander Berkman


It is the system, rather than individuals, that is the source of pollution and degradation. My prison-house environment is but another manifestation of the Midas-hand, whose cursed touch turns everything to the brutal service of Mammon.

Alexander Berkman


Socialism, like Christianity destroyed itself to gain power

Alexander Berkman


Man's inhumanity to man is not the last word. The truth lies deeper. It is economic slavery, the savage struggle for a crumb, that has converted mankind into wolves and sheep.

Alexander Berkman


Inhumanity is the keynote of stupidity in power.

Alexander Berkman


Violence is the method of ignorance, the weapon of the weak. The strong of heart and brain need no violence, for they are irresistible in their consciousness of being right.

Alexander Berkman


War paralyzes your courage and deadens the spirit of true manhood. It degrades and stupefies with the sense that you are not responsible, that 'tis not yours to think and reason why, but to do and die,' like the hundred thousand others doomed like yourself. War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.

Alexander Berkman


Anarchism means voluntary co-operation instead of forced participation. It means harmony and order in place of interference and disorder.

Alexander Berkman


In short, Anarchism means a condition or society where all men and women are free, and where all enjoy equally the benefits of an ordered and sensible life.

Alexander Berkman


...existence has become an unreasoning, wild dance around the golden calf, a mad worship of God Mammon. In that dance and in that worship man has sacrificed all his finer qualities of the heart and soul â?? kindness and justice, honor and manhood, compassion and sympathy with his fellowman.

Alexander Berkman


The stupendous task of human regeneration will be accomplished only by the purified vision of hearts that grow not cold.

Alexander Berkman


War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.

Alexander Berkman


“War paralyzes your courage and deadens the spirit of true manhood.”

Alexander Berkman


“War means blind obedience, unthinking stupidity, brutish callousness, wanton destruction, and irresponsible murder.”

Alexander Berkman