"Having observed the social reality that all living things on earth are incessantly engaged in a struggle for survival, that they kill each other to survive, I concluded that if there is an absolute, universal law on earth, it is the reality that the strong eat the weak. This, I believe, is the law and truth of the universe. Now that I have seen the truth about the struggle for survival and the fact that the strong win and the weak lose, I cannot join the ranks of the idealists and adopt an optimistic mode of thinking which dreams of the construction of a society that is without authority and control. As long as all living things do not disappear from the earth. the power relations based on this principle [of the strong crushing the weak] will persist. Because the wielders of power continue to defend their authority in the usual manner and oppress the weak and because my past existence has been a story of oppression by all sources of authority-I decided to deny the rights of all authority, rebel against them. and stake not only my own life but that of all humanity in this endeavor.
For this reason I planned eventually to throw a bomb and accept the termination of my life. I did not care whether this act would touch off a revolution or not. I am perfectly content to satisfy my own desires. I do not wish to help create a new society based on a new authority in a different form."
-Anarchist and nihilist Kaneko Fumiko during her court interrogation for conspiracy to assassinate the emperor by way of bombing with her partner, Korean anarchist Pak Yeol. She was sentenced to death, which was commuted to life imprisonment. She hanged herself in her cell in defiance. #anarchisthistory #anarchism #anarchy #nihilism #kanekofumiko #pakyeol #japaneseanarchism #アナーキー #アナーキスト