NOTE: This edition has a linked Table of Contents and has been beautifully formatted (searchable and interlinked) to work on your Amazon e-book reader, iPad e-book reader, iPhone e-book reader, BlackBerry e-book reader, Android e-book reader, iPod e-book reader and your Amazon Desktop Reader.Definition of ANARCHIST1: a person who rebels against any authority, established order, or ruling power2: a person who believes in, advocates, or promotes anarchism or anarchy; especially : one who uses violent means to overthrow the established orderLucy E. Parsons was a leading figure in American socialism, anarchism and the radical labor movement. She organized against capitalism and government, and she also helped organize the IWW (Industrial Workers of the World). Described by the Chicago Police Department as “more dangerous than a thousand rioters” in the 1920s, Parsons and her husband had become highly effective anarchist organizers primarily involved in the labor movement in the late 19th century, but also participating in revolutionary activism on behalf of political prisoners, people of color, the homeless and women.She died in a house fire in 1942 in Chicago. Government agents searched her home after the fire and removed many of her papers. Most of her writings have been lost to history.Obviously, an anthology of this nature will not please everybody perfectly because there is a wide variety of themes and stylistic approaches represented in this book. Nevertheless, this is an excellent collection of stories from a wide variety of different themes, styles, viewpoints, subjects, tones and genres.In this collection of essays:- I Am an Anarchist- The Principles of Anarchism- An Open Letter To Tramps- Various Letters To the Editor- Speech to the IWW in 1905- Anarchism: Its Philosophy- Capitalism- Capitalism, continued- Capitalism, It’s Origin- Capitalism, Origin of the Bourgeoisie- Anarchy on Trial- Views of the Prisoners- Scientific Base of Anarchy- Coming of Anarchy- An Anarchist on Anarchy- On Anarchy- Anarchy- The Social RevolutionEXCERPT:I am an anarchist. I suppose you came here, the most of you, to see what a real, live anarchist looked like. I suppose some of you expected to see me with a bomb in one hand and a flaming torch in the other, but are disappointed in seeing neither. If such has been your ideas regarding an anarchist, you deserved to be disappointed. Anarchists are peaceable, law abiding people. What do anarchists mean when they speak of anarchy? Webster gives the term two definitions: chaos and the state of being without political rule. We cling to the latter definition. Our enemies hold that we believe only in the former.Do you wonder why there are anarchists in this country, in this great land of liberty, as you love to call it? Go to New York. Go through the byways and alleys of that great city. Count the myriads starving; count the multiplied thousands who are homeless; number those who work harder than slaves and live on less and have fewer comforts than the meanest slaves. You will be dumbfounded by your discoveries, you who have paid no attention to these poor, save as objects of charity and commiseration. They are not objects of charity, they are the victims of the rank injustice that permeates the system of government, and of political economy that holds sway from the Atlantic to the Pacific. Its oppression, the misery it causes, the wretchedness it gives birth to, are found to a greater extent in New York than elsewhere....A must-have for fans of political/anarchy texts!