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What Is Property?

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  541 ratings  ·  22 reviews thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. The correspondence 1 of P. J. Proudhon, the first volumes of which we publish to-day, has been collected since his death by the faithful and intelligent labors of his daughter, aided by a few friends. It was incomplete when submitted to Sainte Beuve, but the portion with which the il ...more
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Published December 3rd 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1840)
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Joshua Crompton
When checking the 'I own this book' option, I thought to myself, do I?
Tombom P
Not a book I'd recommend as an introduction to anarchism or something like that but still a fascinating and fiery text. Most notable on the "very bad" side is that women are referred to approximately twice, where they're called as different to men as men are to goats and it's said they should probably be "excluded from society"! Christ. This is symptomatic of a wider problem, where he doesn't really seem to consider the full implications of what he says past the abstract - for example he seems t ...more
Eric Gulliver
In just under 500 pages, P.J. Proudhon seeks to prove his thesis that Property (as defined by private and/or capitalistic property - and the social relations that it produces) is a form of theft or robbery. Secondly, Proudhon contends that the social relations created by Property are the root cause of exploitation, crime, and inequality in society. As stated in the book, This book proved to be legnthy, convoluted, and perplexing. As Proudhon commences in proving his thesis and accumulating evide ...more
Lucian McMahon
I have deep misgivings about this book. On the one hand, Proudhon is a brilliant prose writer, captivating his reader regardless of the subject matter. I agree with him on many points--on the injustice of authority, on the evils of governance, on the necessity for an anarchic society--but on many issues he is just flat-out wrong. The whole point of the treatise is to expose the injustice--even the impossibility--of property. Throughout the treatise I was deeply confused about what exactly, to Pr ...more
This is an absolutely essential treatise to understanding the problems we now face here in the U.S. and everywhere else in the world.

Tracing back through its historical origins, Proudhon finds that there really is little attempt by intellectuals to do much other than say "Yeah property is okay, let's move on." He compares an incredible number of definitions, explanations, defenses and systematically arrives at the conclusion that land and natural resource cannot be owned exclusively by individu
“What is Property?” (1840) is a must-read for those in need of arguments for the abolition of private property. When reading this book, it is important to keep in mind that Proudhon is not exclusively dealing with modern bourgeois property as an economic category, but mostly with the juridico-philosophical concept of property – i.e. a notion that transcends epochs - as mainly exemplified by modern bourgeois property in the sense of the Napoleonic Code. That is not to say that he understands priv ...more
Leonardo Rodríguez
I read this book (one of the milestones of socialist French thought) when I was about 12. I realize now that I didn't understand more than a sentence, but it was all the same very influential in my political and social opinions. A school-mate used to call me The Anarchist. I felt strangely flattered about it.
Juan Amiguet Vercher
Very few times you find a book that describes the sources of current problems, so thoroughly described and analysed that is over a century old. This is one of them. Worth reading for anyone with an interest in the origins of the current economic crisis or a good example of anarchist thought.
Michael Dorais
Although this book is an important historical work, I couldn't honestly rate it higher than OK, just because the style and presentation is wanting. At times he comes across as hasty and arrogant. But there are other times when he settles into a more well-paced and well-argued discussion. The best parts are in the middle. The benefit for those who read this book is in the questions he raises about property, not in the answers. One of the best ideas he presents regards the nature of the division o ...more
I might like it if Proudhon was at all coherent.
Alex Vega
I think every so called anarchist-punk should read this, I'm not a fan of all the ideas in the book but it really stands out for the criticism of property and capitalism
Some excellent arguments are made but the author dedicates most of the book to trolling his contemporaries.
This book contained great ideas. It is immediately apparent why Proudhon is considered the father of Anarchism.

That being said, the writing style and archaic diction made the book too difficult for me--a subpar reader--to make it all the way through. Maybe I'll attempt it another time, but related internet articles will satisfy my desire for mutualist theory at the moment.
yarısına kadar bi şevkle okudum fakat sonra çok akademikleşti. böyle bir kitaptan daha çok nutuk beklerdim fakat proudhon da edebiyatçı değil sonuçta. son tahlilde daha sonra da okunacak kitaplar arasında yerini alan bir eser olduğunu söyleyebilirim.
Rebeliious. Thumbing the nose in the face of the entire world. To stand up and question the very principles on which human society is sustained. Proudhon is a master at the art of awakening consciences sleeping in the lull of capitalistic music.
Well elaborated theory of property. Special mention to the analysis of the downfall of the Roman empire in relation with the use and abuse of property and the influence of the Christian religion in the concept of property.
Charles Stanford
(I'm actually reading it in electronic form, I just chose an icon that I liked from the paper editions)

Devastating critique of property rights, seminal mutualist anarchist text
Property is Theft! You fight against yourself to disagree, but you cant. Well done, I am a different person then I was before I read it.
An important book... even if most people, unable to escape from the intellectual paradigm we live in, won't understand it.
Jason Canada

This was written how long ago? That charlatan, property, still is eager for existence.
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“Why, how can you ask such a question? You are a republican."
A republican! Yes; but that word specifies nothing. Res publica; that is, the public thing. Now, whoever is interested in public affairs -- no matter under what form of government -- may call himself a republican. Even kings are republicans."
Well! You are a democrat?"
What! "you would have a monarchy?"
A Constitutionalist?"
God forbid."
Then you are an aristocrat?"
Not at all!"
You want a mixed form of government?"
Even less."
Then what are you?"
I am an anarchist."

Oh! I understand you; you speak satirically. This is a hit at the government."

By no means. I have just given you my serious and well-considered profession of faith. Although a firm friend of order, I am (in the full force of the term) an anarchist. Listen to me.”
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