Emma Goldman's Patriotism: A Menace To Liberty

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A political activist named Emma Goldman produced a speech in 1908 called “Patriotism: A Menace to Liberty” within it she analyzes what patriotism actually means. Inside the speech an important quote in which she alludes to America becoming the most powerful nation in the world, and eventually planting her iron foot on the necks of all other nations (Voices of A People’s History pg. 271 ). In the essay to follow I will analyze, and explain the meaning behind this. I will also take a deeper look at if what she believed transformed onto our world today.

Emma Goldman who was born in 1869 in Lithuania, and at a young age learned of many injustices taking place in the world. She would later migrate to the U.S. where she voiced very deep views upon things such as women’s freedom, the right for women to use birth control, and the support of worker’s unions. ( biography.yourdictionary.com/emma-goldman ) In Goldman’s speech in 1908 regarding patriotism she alludes to what she believes patriotism should stand for. Things like holding a passion for the place you where born, and a place to be a carefree happy child who can hold dreams of a magical future (Voices of A People’s History pg.270). Unfortunately she points out that within our reality, as we have to come to know this is not the case. Instead she recalls we are cast into a world where our love for industry, and
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took a complete strong hold of the power in the world. It started very early on with progressions by early Presidents, and big business owners holding ideals of controlling our abroad assets, and pitching their concepts of what patriotism should encompass. As citizens we get caught up in the hoorah mindset of kicking ass, and taking names. I look at most of our recent conflicts left somewhat unresolved, and often left people asking why we hold an interest in so many other conflicts. I unfortunately do not see the U.S., and those in charge to loosen their iron grip on other

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