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Kropotkin by Pyotr Kropotkin
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Jan 12, 2008

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The book is an account of Kropotkin's 'anarchist communist' program as it is set apart from those of Alexander Berkman and Errico Malatesta, for instance. Kropotkin's inductive method, for the social sciences, presents the reader with the possibility of large-scale decentralization, but, in a unique take, Kropotkin claims decentraization has in fact already happened despite the fact that the media and books of history, haven't noticed. "Three hundred and fifty million Europeans love or hate one another, work, or live on their incomes; but, apart from literature, theatre, or sport, their lives remain ignored by newspapers if governments have not intervened in some way or other. It is even so with history." A highly underserved theorist, Kropotkin provides the most comprehensive of 19th century accounts of a social-revolutionary program I have read to date.

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