New York Times, “Exploring Anarchism in a Play at the Library,” June 26, 2014

Exploring Anarchism in a Play at the Library
AC Lee, New York Times, June 26, 2014

In spite of an emphatically bourgeois background, the Miser, as a youngster, fancied himself enough of an anarchist to scrawl the famous symbol of a capital A enclosed in a circle on his denim jacket in indelible black ink.

Subsequent efforts actually to understand anarchism revealed its philosophical depth and long history. Two of the more remarkable figures in that history are Emma Goldman, the Lithuanian-born anarchist writer, theorist and orator, and Mary Wollstonecraft, wife of the proto-anarchist philosopher William Godwin and author of the seminal feminist text “A Vindication of the Rights of Woman.” Had they met, Wollstonecraft and Goldman, born nearly 100 years apart, probably would have had much to talk about.

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