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Statism and Anarchy (Texts in the History of Political Thought)
Written in the 1873 aftermath of the rise of the German Empire and the clash with Karl Marx in the first International, the great Russian anarchist's last work had an immediate influence on the to the people movement of Russian populism.
Paperback, 243 pages
Published June 29th 2007 by Cambridge University Press
(first published 1873)
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I'm going to start by being brutally honest: this book is almost no fun at all, but then it isn't supposed to be. It's one of the founding texts of an almost lost political movement, namely anarchism. Anarchism has a bad name now and is usually equated to chaos and social breakdown, but this was never the intention. Until the end of the Spanish Civil War, it was a serious alternative to Marxist thought, one of the key differences being that Bakunin recognised that "the dictatorship of the prolet...more
I read an abridged version and was left wanting more. This was the first time i read anything by Bakunin which is slightly embarrassing considering his place in history. Bakunin was Marx's greatest adversary within the International Workingman's Association. Eventually Marx had Bakunin kicked out of the International by popular vote. History they don't teach you in school!
This is Bakunin's final work, and of course, it was supposed to be part of a much larger writing which isn't unusual considering his longwinded style, inconsistencies, and the hetic era of time he was agitating in. He goes into detail about why the Pan-german campaign was such a bad thing providing much historical information that led up to it. Also, he outlines a project for a pan-slavic campaign as well. Much of the book focuses on the conflict with socialist democracy and anarchism within the...more
Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin (Russian: Михаи́л Алекса́ндрович Баку́нин; 30 May 1814 – 1 July 1876) was a well-known Russian revolutionary and philosopher, theorist of collectivist anarchism. He has also often been called the father of anarchist theory in general.More about Mikhail Bakunin...
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“A person is strong only when he stands upon his own truth, when he speaks and acts with his deepest convictions. Then, whatever the situation he may be in, he always knows what he must say and do. He may fall, but he cannot bring shame upon himself or his cause. If we seek the liberation of the people by means of a lie, we will surely grow confused, go astray, and loose sight of our objective, and if we have any influence at all on the people we will lead them astray as well—in other words, we will be acting in the spirit of reaction and to its benefit.”More quotes…