War Dictionary

By Alexander Berkman (1917)

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(1870 - 1936)

Globe-Trotting Anarchist, Journalist, and Exposer of Bolshevik Tyranny

: He was a well-known anarchist leader in the United States and life-long friend of Emma Goldman, a young Russian immigrant whom he met on her first day in New York City. The two became lovers and moved in together, remaining close friends for the rest of Berkman's life. (From: Anarchy Archives.)
• "The present situation in Russia [in 1921] is most anomalous. Economically it is a combination of State and private capitalism. Politically it remains the 'dictatorship of the proletariat' or, more correctly, the dictatorship of the inner circle of the Communist Party." (From: "The Russian Tragedy," by Alexander Berkman, The R....)
• "Or will the workers at last learn the great lesson Of the Russian Revolution that every government, whatever its fine name and nice promises is by its inherent nature, as a government, destructive of the very purposes of the social revolution? It is the mission of government to govern, to subject, to strenghten and perpetuate itself. It is high time the workers learn that only their own organized, creative efforts, free from Political and State interference, can make their age-long struggle for emancipation a lasting success." (From: "The Russian Tragedy," by Alexander Berkman, The R....)
• "...partizanship of whatever camp is not an objective judge." (From: "The Russian Tragedy," by Alexander Berkman, The R....)

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ALLIES: The fairies of Democracy.

BARBARIANS: The other fellows.

CONGRESS: The valet of Woodrow the First.

CENSORSHIP: The rape of Free Speech.

CONSCRIPTION: Free men fighting against their will.


DEMOCRACY: The voice of the Gallery Gods.

FREE SPEECH: Say what you please, but keep your mouth shut.

HUNS: Loyal patriots from Central Europe.

HUMANITY: Treason to government.

JUSTICE: Successful target shooting.

KAISER: A President's ambition.

LIBERTY BOND: A bone from a bonehead.

LIBERTY LOAN: The bread line of the Unborn.

LOYAL CITIZEN: Deaf, dumb, and blind.

MILITARISM: Christianity in action.

PATRIOTISM: Hating your neighbor.

REGISTRATION: Funeral march of Liberty.

SEDITION: The proof of Tyranny.

SLACKER: Jesus Christ.

TRENCHES: Digging your own grave.

UN-AMERICAN: Independent opinion.


UNIFORM: Government strait-jacket.

VICTORY: Ten million dead.

WAR: The propaganda of Democracy.


Which is the braver? The man who falls in line with the great majority or he that faces the wrath of millions for conscience sake?

Do not confound us with the pacifists. We believe in fighting. Aye, we have been fighting all our lives-- fighting injustice, oppression, and tyranny. Almost single handed at that.

We are not pacifists. But we want to know what we are fighting for, and we refuse to fight for the enemies and the exploiters of humanity.

(Source: The Blast, Vol. 2, No. 5, June 1, 1917.)

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