Today is the anniversary of the births of two of my primary political influences and allegiances.
On this day in 1869, Emma Goldman was born in Lithuania. She lived an ardently revolutionary life until her death in Toronto in 1940. Her autobiography Living My Life (1931) is a constant inspiration, as was so much of her extraordinary output.
On Goldman’s 36th birthday in 1905, the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) was formed in Chicago. They engaged in revolutionary industrial unionism, promoting worker solidarity in the struggle to overthrow the employing class. They believed in workshop democracy and full worker control.