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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, What Is Communist Anarchism?


Alexander Berkman“The man who can face vilification and disgrace, who can stand up against the popular current, even against his friends and his country when he knows he is right, who can defy those in authority over him, who can take punishment and prison and remain steadfast–that is a man of courage. The follow whom you taunt as a ‘slacker’ because he refuses to turn murderer–he needs courage. But do you need much courage just to obey orders, to do as you are told and to fall in line with thousands of others to the tune of general approval and ‘The Star Spangled Banner’?”

Alexander Berkman, What Is Anarchism?

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