By Emma Goldman
Anarchism & different Essays, released in 1911, is the paintings of feminist anarchist Emma Goldman. Anarchism is a political philosophy which believes that executive, or a governing physique is not sensible. Goldman discusses this philosophy and likewise its courting to the struggle for the emancipation of girls and the nation of marriage.
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