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Anarchism: Its Philosophy and Ideal


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Hand made copies of "Anarchism: Its Philosophy and Ideal" by Russian anarchist, scientist, and philosopher, Peter Kropotkin.

- 48 pages
- Card stock cover

This text is the revision of a speech that Kropotkin was supposed to deliver in Paris in March 1896, on request of Jean Grave, editor of Les Temps Nouveaux. The lecture did not take place as Kropotkin was stopped from doing so by the French Government. In fact, when he disembarked from the Newhaven-Dieppe day boat he was met by police officers who detained him. He was informed that he had been expelled from France and would have to return to England by the first boat. In the event of any resistance he would be taken into 'administrative custody,' in other words, arrested.

The word 'communism,' as used by Kropotkin, refers to cooperative undertaking and to sharing and caring for each other. It has nothing to do with the term 'communism' as employed in the former Soviet Union or with the so-called dictatorship of proletariat. The attack to the Church (equaled to the state as an oppressive power) should be seen in an historical context, referring to a time when the Church still had a relevant amount of power and used it to control and manipulate people.

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