Revolutionary Pamphlets

Revolutionary Pamphlets

Peter Kropotkin

Language: English

Pages: 159

ISBN: 0405087209

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This book is the best introduction to Kropotkin's ideas that I have read and it even gives a somewhat unbiased definition of anarchism that Kropotkin had written for the Encyclopedia Britannica. Since it is a series of pamphlets that Kropotkin had written, and was originally intended for the specific purpose of informing and winning the support of the public, it is presented in a clear, concise, and easily digestable fashion, without pretense.

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centralized government became still more conspicuous when the socialists came to the front and asked for a further increase of the powers of government by entrusting it with the management of the immense field covered now by the economic relations between individuals. The question was asked whether a government entrusted with the management of industry and trade would not be­ come a permanent danger for liberty and peace, and whether it even would be able to be a good manager? The socialists of

the quest of pleasure. If the man who gives away his last shirt found no pleasure in doing so, he would not do it. If he found pleasure in taking bread from a child, he would do that but this is dis­ tasteful to him. He finds pleasure in giving, and so he gives. If it were not inconvenient to cause confusion by employing in a new sense words that have a recognized meaning, it might be said that in both cases the men acted under the impulse of their egoism. Some have actually said this, to give

of the future, which serves MODERN SCIENCE AND ANARCHISM l 57 it as a criterion in all events of political and economic life, as well as a basis for determining its proper modes of action. Anarchism. too, has conceived its own ideal; and this very ideal has led it to find its own immediate aims and its own methods of action different from those of all other political parties and also to some extent from those of the s �iali� t parties which have retained the old Roman and eccleslastlc ideals

should speak thus to the workers. Freedom to oppose exploitation has so far never and nowhere existed. Everywhere it had to be taken by force. step by step, at the cost of countless sacrifices. "Non-interference." and more than non-interference,-direct support, help and protection,--existed only in the interests of the exploiters. Nor could it be otherwise. The mission of the church has been to hold the people in intellectual slavery. The mission of the State was to hold them, half starved, in

he did not enter the corps for three years. When he was only twelve,--8till studying at home in Moscow,-he began to write novels and to read French and Russian political books. It Was then he dropped his title of prince in referring to himself, coming to the decision through reading libertarian tracts. But he appears to have kept his decision quiet. His brother Alexander was even more pro­ nounced in his interest in liberal ideas, in philosophy and in political economy. Both boys used to discuss

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