Emma Goldman quote about sacrifice from Anarchism and Other Essays - The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.
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The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.
 Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays (1910). copy citation

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Author Emma Goldman
Source Anarchism and Other Essays
Topic sacrifice freedom state
Date 1910
Language English
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“Therefore Bakunin repudiates the State as synonymous with the surrender of the liberty of the individual or small minorities,—the destruction of social relationship, the curtailment, or complete denial even, of life itself, for its own aggrandizement. The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice.
In fact, there is hardly a modern thinker who does not agree that government, organized authority, or the State, is necessary ONLY to maintain or protect property and monopoly. It has proven efficient in that function only.” source

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