Voltairine De Cleyre

Paul Avrich’s An American Anarchist: The Life of Voltairine de Cleyre | A Review

  • Posted on: 3 November 2018
  • By: thecollective

From San Diego Free Press By Mel Freilicher

The self-professed group of anarchists who comprise AK Press, a worker-run collective which publishes and distributes radical books, visual and audio media, has done a great service by reissuing Paul Avrich’s fascinating study of an American original. As Robert Helms suggests in his instructive Foreword outlining Avrich’s own background and achievements as the premier scholar of American anarchism until his death in 2006, this author “succeeded in rescuing this brilliant and compelling person from near non-existence.”

Overlooked No More: Voltairine de Cleyre, America’s ‘Greatest Woman Anarchist’

  • Posted on: 27 September 2018
  • By: thecollective

At 24, Voltairine de Cleyre appeared before Philadelphia’s Unity Congregation to deliver a lecture, provocatively titled “Sex Slavery.”

She appealed to the assembled crowd: “Let woman ask herself, ‘Why am I the slave of man? Why is my brain said not to be the equal of his brain? Why is my work not paid equally with his?’ ”

FRR Audibooks: They Who Marry Do Ill by Voltairine De Cleyre

  • Posted on: 27 August 2017
  • By: rydra wrong

Listen here: http://freeradicalradio.net/they-who-marry-do-ill-by-voltairine-de-cleyre/

“So much as I have been able to put together the pieces of the universe in my small head, there is no absolute right or wrong; there is only a relativity, depending on the consciously though very slowly altering condition of a social race in respect to the rest of the world. Right and wrong are social conceptions: mind, I do not say human conceptions. The names “right” and “wrong,” truly, are of human invention only; but the conception “right” and “wrong,” dimly or clearly, has been wrought out with more or less effectiveness by all intelligent social beings. And the definition of Right, as sealed and approved by the successful conduct of social beings, is: That mode of behavior which best serves the growing need of that society.”