Radical Frankenstein

So, here's some radical history for you....

Mary Wollstonecraft, basically the founder of feminism, was married to William Godwin, a proto-anarchist writer. Wollstonecraft wrote from a feminist and civic republican stance, contra Edmund Burke when he bashed republicanism and the French Revolution. Godwin wrote "An Inquiry Concerning Political Justice," which treads the line between classical republicanism and anarchism, and ultimately concludes more decidedly on the anarchist side. Godwin was the first real modern anarchist, although Proudhon usually gets the credit because he coined the term.

Wollstonecraft and Godwin had a daughter, named Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, who went on to marry the famed pacifist anarchist and vegetarian poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin became Mary Shelley, whom you might remember as the author of "Frankenstein."

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