Wednesday, April 23, 2008

I'm feeling a little Emma today

"I do not acknowledge laws made to protect the rich and oppress the poor. Who are the law makers? Senators, the great of the land? Capitalists. Capitalists who torture thousands to slow death in their factories, they are people who live in affluence, robbing the workingman of his strength to deprive him of the results of his labor; they are men whose fortunes have been built upon a foundation formed by pyramids of children's corpses.

"The wealth, the luxury, the pomp and glory of power are bought at the price of murdered and disfigured mankind."

Emma Goldman, from a speech she intended to deliver at her sentencing for the crime of unlawful assembly. Quote via Berkely Digital Library sunSITE


chayaruchama said...

Weren't YOU Emma in another life ???

It wouldn't surprise me a bit.

An original, that woman.

BitterGrace said...

I wish, Chaya--I think. Emma was a complicated woman...