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Voltairine de Cleyre

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Voltairine de Cleyre (1866 — 1912) was an American anarchist / feminist writer and theorist. She is the person who, in response to U.S. Senator Joseph R. Hawleyʼs offer of $1000 to have a shot at an anarchist, said:

“You may, by merely paying your carfare to my home, shoot at me for nothing — but if payment of the $1000 is a necessary part of your proposition, then when I have given you the shot, I will give the money to the propaganda of the idea of a free society in which there shall be neither assassins nor presidents, beggars nor senators.”

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