July 23, 2017

Post Lateral Left

It’s also worth noting that for all their fame, not only did Berkman really accomplish nothing but Goldman didn’t either. They never connected with actual workers movements, nor did they become involved in the IWW, which certainly welcomed leading anarchists as organizers and propagandists. They were independent operators and are massively overrated as historical figures, especially Goldman, who used her fame to give speaking tours that made her a good bit of money and avoided the hard work of organizing.

—Eric Loomis, Lawyers, Guns & Money, July 23, 2017

Being massively overrated is the thing about historical figures, though. The underrated go unreported, as they say.

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