By Steve J. Shone
The 9 thinkers mentioned are Alexander Berkman, Voltairine de Cleyre, Samuel Fielden, Luigi Galleani, Peter Kropotkin, Lucy Parsons, Max Stirner, William Graham Sumner, and Benjamin Tucker.
What emerges from this engagement is a lucid, compelling, and good grounded argument that principles drawn from 19th century American Anarchism have enduring relevance for these looking to resolve modern political problems.
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Secondly, surely newborn babies and even fetuses and dogs ought necessarily to have more rights than chairs. Furthermore, the more that one argues that children have no or little right to be protected from invasion, then it would seem that parents have virtually carte blanche to abuse them (McElroy 1982, 137). A final point worth noting here is that, among those with whom Tucker debated the matter of children’s rights, Marsh sees a gender gap influencing the dialog, arguing: Some, mostly men, argued that Tucker’s basic premise – that children were property – was wrong.
In 1902, she was shot by one of her students, Herman Helcher. Unbalanced and malnourished, Helcher portrayed himself to voltairine de cleyre39 police as a jilted lover of Voltairine, whom he felt was now persecuting him, and this appears to be the motive for the attack (Avrich 1978, 173; Sartwell 2005, 7). Characteristically, and in the tradition of some other revolutionaries, de Cleyre declined to prosecute her assailant. Her health never fully recovered from this incident, and sometimes her impaired condition caused her to contemplate suicide.
Four were executed, but the fifth, Louis Lingg, cheated the hangman by committing suicide in advance of the appointed hour. In 1893, the three men who were still alive and in jail were pardoned because of the obvious unfairness of the trial by Governor John P. Altgeld (Avrich 1980a; De Cleyre 1980, 8; DeLamotte 2004, 4–5); for de Cleyre, this was an act of benevolence that she notes in the introduction to her poem, “John P. Altgeld,” would end the Illinois politician’s career (De Cleyre  2005, 56, 1990, 31).
American anarchism by Steve J. Shone