Direct Struggle Against Capital: A Peter Kropotkin Anthology

Direct Struggle Against Capital: A Peter Kropotkin Anthology

Language: English

Pages: 680

ISBN: 1849351708

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

"The enemy on whom we declare war is capital, and it is against capital that we will direct all our efforts, taking care not to become distracted from our goal by the phony campaigns and arguments of the political parties. The great struggle that we are preparing for is essentially economic, and so it is on the economic terrain that we should focus our activities." —Peter Kropotkin

Peter Kropotkin is by far anarchism’s most influential theorist, and Direct Struggle Against Capital is the most extensive collection of his writings available in English. Over half the selections have been translated for the first time or recovered from long-out-of-print pamphlets and newspapers. The result is a volume that provides an introduction to classic texts, while showing new facets of a familiar and canonical figure. Direct Struggle Against Capital paints a detailed portrait of Kropotkin the revolutionary, the man Emma Goldman described as someone for whom anarchism “was not an ideal for the select few. It was a constructive social theory, destined to usher in a new world for all of mankind.”

Fully annotated and featuring a lengthy historical introduction, biographical sketch, glossary, bibliography, and index.

Peter Kropotkin (1842—1921) was one of anarchism's most famous thinkers. His classic works include Conquest of Bread; Fields, Factories and Workshops; Memoirs of a Revolutionist; and Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution.

Iain McKay is author of An Anarchist FAQ (volumes 1 & 2) and Property Is Theft: A Pierre-Joseph Proudhon Anthology.

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perfect in every way and the role of anarchists would be to work within these popular organisations to push them in a libertarian direction: We do not believe that these Communes will make a full application of our Anarchist principles. But we do believe that while the revolution will be the result of all revolutionary parties, our ideas, our teachings also will have their effect. There surely will be less reliance upon authority, and very much more upon our own efforts. We may be sure that as

Revolutionary Writings, 46. 146 84[] Property is Theft!, 496, 535, 503, 506. 85[] Ignoring his explicit statements explaining how the modern Commune was not like the medieval one, Paul Avrich asserted “what Kropotkin yearned for was the decentralised society of medieval Europe, with a few up-to-date trappings.” This “nostalgic desire for a simpler and richer life led him to idealise the autonomous social units of a bygone age”; machines placed “in small voluntary workshops” would “rescue human

economic authority.” It began “to build, from the top, its ‘unified administration’ of particular industries. The pattern is informative” as it “gradually took over” the Tsarist State agencies “and converted them… into administrative organs subject to [its] direction and control.” The Bolsheviks “clearly opted” for the taking over of “the institutions of bourgeois economic power and use them to their own ends.” This system “necessarily implies the perpetuation of hierarchical relations within

363[] Woodcock, Anarchism, 253. 364[] See my “Another View: Syndicalism, Anarchism and Marxism,” Anarchist Studies 20: 1. 365[] “Kropotkin’s Letter [to French and British trade union delegates],” Freedom, September 1901. 366[] Davide Turcato, “The 1896 London Congress: Epilogue or Prologue?,” New Perspectives on Anarchism, Labour and Syndicalism, 110–25. 367[] Report, Freedom, August–September, 1896. 368[] Memoirs of Revolutionist, 464. 181 369[] “Kropotkin Was No Crackpot,” Bully for

off the yoke of Capitalism. And at once he understood what was the chief stronghold the workers had to storm, in order to be successful in their struggle against Capital—the State… “Destroy the State!” 32 became the war-cry … “Down with Capitalism and down with the State!”[56] He took up and expanded upon the ideas already being expressed in the libertarian wing of the IWMA, arguing that socialism had to be based on a federation of workers’ councils: the federative Alliance of all working men’s

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