Emma Goldman's "The Victims of Morality"

Emma Goldman's "The Victims of Morality" November 14, 2011

In reply to my dialogue which I posted this morning examining what I perceive to be immoralism’s important contributions to moral thinking and its inevitable limits, a reader sent me to investigate Max Stirner and Emma Goldman. I may have something to say about Stirner in the future if time permits. But for now I simply must say that Goldman’s 1913 short (blog post long) essay “The Victims of Morality” is must read. It is a rousing feminist assault on the brutish, irrational domineering of Christianity and its pet bully, Morality. This is what Ophelia Benson would have sounded like had she only lived one hundred years ago. This is polemics with pure eloquence, principle, perspicuity, and post-Christian panache. It is particularly pleasing to me to read an early 20th Century feminist atheist American woman using Nietzsche’s language of transvaluation and going beyond good and evil.

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