Socialist, Communist, Anarchist. These words describe the German-Jewish poet, satirist, and political activist Erich Mühsam. It was his life’s goal to change the flawed socio-political institutions of the burgeoning capitalist society of his time to benefit the economically disadvantaged. According to Mühsam, the injustice of the existing social institutions should be rectified, and militaristic capitalism, which divides people into separate economic classes, should be converted into a peaceful communism that unites them (Simkin 1997). Since young adulthood, Mühsam adhered to an anarchistic socialism based on the foundations of Soviet communism, which should eventually progress toward the disappearance of the nation-state and develop into a society based on smaller, egalitarian,…

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Citation: MacKay, Noah, Jill E. Twark. "Erich Mühsam". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 06 March 2020 [, accessed 08 December 2023.]

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