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Dr. Paul Eltzbacher

Translated by Steven T. Byington

Je ne propose rien. Je suppose rien. J'expose.

New York: Benj. R. Tucker.

London: A.C. Fifield
















Translator's Preface

(vii) Every person who examines this book at all will speedily divide its contents into Eltzbacher's own discussion and his seven chapters of classified quotations from Anarchist leaders; and, if he buys the book, he will buy it for the sake of the quotations. I do not mean that the book might not have a sale if it consisted exclusively of Eltzbacher's own words, but simply that among ten thousand people who may value Eltzbacher's discussion there will not be found ten who will not value still more highly the conveniently-arranged reprint of what the Anarchists themselves have said on the cardinal points of Anarchistic thought. Nor do I feel that I am saying anything uncomplimentary to Eltzbacher when I say that the part of his work to which he has devoted most of his space is the part that the public will value most.

And yet there is much to be valued in the chapters that are of Eltzbacher's own writing, -even if one is reminded of Sir Arthur Help's satirical description of English lawyers as a class of men, found in a certain island, who make it their business to write highly important documents in closely-crowded lines on such excessively wide pages that the eye is bound to skip a line now and then, but who make up for this by invariably repeating in another part of the document whatever they have said, so that whatever the reader may miss in one place he will certainly catch in another. The fact is that Eltzbacher's work is an admirable model of what should be the mental processes of an investigator trying to determine the definition of a term which he finds to be confusedly conceived. Not only is his method for determining the definition of Anarchism flawless, but his subsidiary investigation of the definitions of law, the State, and property is conducted as such things ought to be, and (a good


test of clearness of thought) his illustrations are always so exactly pertinent that they go far to redeem his style from dullness, if one is reading for the sense and therefore cares for pertinence. The only weak point in this part of the book is that he thinks it necessary to repeat in print his previous statements wherever it is necessary to the investigation that the previous statement be mentally renewed. But, however tiresome this may be, one gets a steady progress of thought, and the introductory part of the book is not very long at worst.

The collection of quotations, which form three-fourths of the book both in bulk and in importance, is as much the best part as it is the biggest. Here the prime necessity is impartiality, and Eltzbacher has attained this as perfectly as can be expected of any man. Positively, one comes to the end of all this without feeling sure whether Eltzbacher is himself an Anarchist or not; it is not until we come to the last dozen pages of the book that he lets his opposition to Anarchism become evident. To be sure, one feels that he is more journalistic than scientific in selecting for special mention the more sensational points of the schemes proposed (the journalistic temper certainly shows itself in his habit of picking out for his German public the references of Germany in Anarchist writers). Yet it is hard to deny that much of the sensational is involved with Anarchism; and, on the other hand, Eltzbacher recognizes his duty to present the strongest points of the Anarchist side, and does this so faithfully that one often wonders if the man can repeat these words without feeling their cogency. So far as any bias is really felt in this part of the book it is the bias of over-methodicalness; now and then a quotation is made to go into the classification at a place where it will not go in without forcing, and perspective is distorted when some obiter dictum that had never seemed to its author to be worth repeating a second time is made to serve as illuminant now for this division of the "teaching'"now for that, till it seems to the reader like a favorite topic of the Anarchist.


However, the bias of methodicalness is as nearly non-partisan as any bias can be, and its effect is to put the matter into a most convenient form for consultation and comparison.

Next to impartiality, if not even before it, we need intelligence in our compiler; and we have it. Few men, even inside the movement, would have been more successful than Eltzbacher in picking out the important parts of the Anarchist doctrines, and the quotations that will show these important parts as they are. I do not mean that this accuracy had not exceptions- many exceptions, if you count such things as the failure to give due weight to some clause which might restrict or modify the application of the words used; a few serious exceptions, of which we reap the fruit in his final summary. But in admitting these errors I do not retract my statement that Eltzbacher has made his compilation as accurate as any man could be expected to. More than this, it may well be said that he has, except in ordinary reading; he has overlooked nothing but what his readers would have been sure to overlook if he had presented it. As a gun is advertized to shoot "as straight as any man can hold,"so Eltzbacher has, with three or four exceptions, told his story as straight as any man with ordinary attention can read. The net result is that we have here, without doubt, the most complete and accurate presentation of Anarchism that ever has been given or ever will be given in so short a space. If anyone wants a fuller and more trustworthy account, he will positively have to go direct to the writings of the Anarchists themselves; nowhere else can he find anything as good as Eltzbacher. Withal, this main part of the book is decidedly readable. Eltzbacher's repetitiousness has no opportunity to become prominent here, and the man is not at all dull in choosing and translating his quotations. On the contrary, his fondness for apt illustration is a great help toward making the compilation constantly readable, as well as toward making the reader's impressions of the Anarchistic teachings vivid and definite.


I do not mean to say that this book can take the place of a consultation of the original sources. For instance, the Bakunin chapter follows next after the Stirner chapter; but the exquisite contrariness of almost every word of Bakunin to Stirner's teaching can be appreciated only by those who have read Stirner's book- Eltzbacher's quotations are on a different aspect of Stirner's teachings from that which applies against Bakunin. (Stirner and Bakunin, it will be noted, are the only Anarchist leaders against whom Eltzbacher permits himself a disrespectful word before he has presented their doctrines.) It is to be hoped that many who read this book will go on to examine the sources themselves. Meanwhile, here is an excellent introduction, and the chronological arrangement make it easy to watch the historical development and see whether the later schools of Anarchism assail the State more effectively than the earlier.

I have not reserved any expressions of praise for the small part of the book which comes after the compiled chapters, because it calls for none. All Eltzbacher's weak points come out in this concluding summary; the best that can be said for it is that it deserves careful attention, and that the author continues to be oftener right than wrong. But now that he has gathered all his knowledge he wants it to amount to omniscience, and most imprudently shuts his eyes to the places where there is nothing under his feet. He charges men with error for not using in his sense a term whose definition he has not undertaken to determine. He accepts all too unquestioningly such statements as fit most conveniently into his scheme of method. His most glaring offence in this direction is his classification of the Anarchist-Communist doctrines as mere prediction and not the expression of a will or demand or approval or disapproval of anything, simply because fashionableness of evolutionism and of fatalism has led the leaders of that school to prefer to state their doctrine in terms of prediction. Eltzbacher has forgotten to compare his judgment with the actions of the men he judges; solvitur ambulando; if Kropotkin's proposition were


merely predictive and not pragmatic, it would have less trouble with the police than it has. Again, he does one of the most indiscreet things that are possible to a votary of strict method when he asserts repeatedly that he has listed not merely all that is to be found but all that could possibly exist under a certain category. For instance, he declares that every possible affirmative doctrine of property must either be private property, or common property in the wherewithal for production and private property in the wherewithal for consumption, or common property. Why should not a scheme of common property in the things that are wanted by all men and private property in the things that are wanted only by some men have as high a rank in the classification as has Eltzbacher's second class? A look at the quotations from Kropotkin will show that I have not drawn much on my own ingenuity in conceiving such a scheme as supposable. He claims to have listed all the standpoints from which Anarchism has been or can be propounded or judged, yet has omitted legitimism, the doctrine that a political authority which is to claim our respect and obedience must appear to have originated by a legitimate foundation and by usurpation. The great part that legitimism has played in history is notorious; and it lends itself very readily to the Anarchist's purpose, since come governments are so well known to have originated in usurpation and others so easily suspected of it. Nay, legitimism is in fact a potent factor in shaping the most up-to-date Anarchism of our time; for it is largely concerned in Lysander Spooner's doctrine of juries, of which some slight account is given in Eltzbacher's quotations from Tucker. And he claims to have recited all the important arguments that sustain Anarchism: where has he mentioned the argument form the evil that the State does in interfering with social and economic experimentation? Or the argument from the fact that reforms in the State are necessarily in a democracy, and ordinarily in a monarchy, very slow in coming to pass, and when they do come to pass they necessarily come with all-disturbing


suddenness? Or the argument from the evil of separating people by the boundary lines which the State involves? Or the fact that war would be almost inconceivable if the States were replaces by voluntary and non-monopolistic organizations, since such organizations could have no "jurisdiction"or control of territory to fight for, and war for any other cause has long been unknown among civilized nations? By these and other such unwarranted claims of absolute completeness, and by the conclusions based on these pasteboard premises, Eltzbacher makes it necessary to read his final chapters with all possible independence of judgment.

It remains for me to say something of my own work on this book. I have consulted the originals of some of the works cited --- such as circumstances have permitted --- and given the quotations not by translation from Eltzbacher's German but direct from the originals. The particulars are as follows:

Of Godwin's "Political Justice"I used an American reprinting of the second British edition. This second edition is greatly revised and altered from the first, which Eltzbacher used. Godwin calls our attention to this, and especially informs us that the first edition did not in some important respects represent the views which he held at the time of its publication, since the earlier pages were printed before the later were written, and during the writing of the book he changed his mind about some of the principles he had asserted in the earlier chapters. In the second edition, he says, the views presented in the first part of the book have been made consistent with those in the last part, and all parts have been thoroughly revised. It will astonish nobody, therefore, that I found it now and then impossible to identify in my copy the passages translated by Eltzbacher from the first edition. In particular, I got the impression that what Eltzbacher quotes about promises, from the first part of the book, is one of those sections which Godwin says he retracts and no longer believed in even at the time he wrote the later chapters of the first edition. If so, a bit of the foundation for Eltzbacher's


ultimate classification disappears. Besides giving the pages of the first edition as in Eltzbacher, I have added in brackets the page numbers of the copy I used, wherever I could identify them. Throughout the books brackets distinguish footnotes added by me from Eltzbacher's own, and in a few places I have used them in the text to indicate Eltzbacher's deviations from the wordings of his original, of which matter I will speak again in a moment.

The passages from Proudhon's works I translated from the original French as given in the collected edition of his "&Oelig;uvres completes." In this edition some of the works differ only in pagination from the editions some of the works differ only in pagination from the editions which Eltzbacher used, while others have been extensively revised. I know of no changes of essential doctrine.

Since in Stirner's case German is the original language, I have accepted as my original the quotations given by Eltzbacher. It is probable that they are occasionally condensed; but a fairly faithful memory, and the fact that it is less than a year since I was reading the proofs of my translation of Stirner's book, enable me to be confident that there is no change amounting to distortion. I have here made no use of that translation of mine* except from memory, because I well knew that in dealing with Stirner there is no assurance that the best possible translation of the continuous whole will be made up of the best possible translations of the individual parts. Neither have I used the extant English translations of Bakunin's "God and the State,"Kropotkin's "Conquest of Bread,"Tolstoi's works, or any of the other books cited. I have not had at hand any originals of Bakunin or Tolstoi, nor any Kropotkin except "Anarchist Communism." Of this I had the first edition, and Eltzbacher, contrary to his habit, the second; but I judge that the two are from the same plates, for all the page-numbers cited agree.

Toward the Tucker chapter I have taken a special attitude. I


am myself one of Tucker's followers and collaborators; I may claim to be an "authority"on the exposition of his doctrine-

Nennt man die besten Namen,
So wird auch der meine genannt-

and I have tried to have an eye to the precise correctness of everything in that chapter. That I used the original of "Instead of a Book"is a matter of course; and I have not only taken Tucker's words where Eltzbacher had translated the whole, but have had an eye to all points where Eltzbacher had condensed anything in a way that could affect the sense, and have restored the words that made the passage mean something a little bit different from what Eltzbacher made it mean. (I did about the same in this respect with Kropotkin's "Anarchist Communism"; and indeed something of the kind is inevitable if one is to consult originals at all.) On the other hand, I have not, in general, drawn attention to passages where Eltzbacher makes merely formal changes for the purpose of inserting in a sentence of a certain grammatical structure what Tucker had said in a sentence of different structure.

The renderings of Tolstoi's biblical quotations are taken from the "Corrected English New Testament,"a conservative version which is now spoken of as the best English New Testament extant. It fits well into Tolstoi, at least so far as the present quotations go.

I have spoken above of Eltzbacher's qualities as compiler; it here becomes necessary to say something of his work as translator. His translation is that of a very intelligent man, trusting to his intelligence to justify him in translating quite freely. He is confident that he knows what the idea to be presented is, and his main concern is to express that in the language best suited to the purpose. He even avows, as will be seen, that he has "cautiously revised"other people's translations from the Russian, without himself claiming to be familiar with the Russian language. I would as soon entrust this extremely delicate task


to Eltzbacher as to anybody I know, for he is in general remarkably correct in his re-wordings. The justification of his confidence in his knowledge of the author's thought may be seen in the fact that in passages which happen not to affect the main thought he makes a few such slips as zahlen mit s'hrer Vergiftung for "pay to be poisoned,"Willkuer for "arbitrament,"and even sine blutige Revolution rusckrichtslos nisderwuerfe for "would do anything in his power to precipitate a bloody revolution"(can he have been misled by the chemist's use of "precipitate"?), but in passages where these blunders would do real harm he keeps clear of them, being safeguarded by his knowledge of the sensè. But it makes a difference whom you translate in this way. Tucker is a man who uses language with especial precision: every phrase in a sentence of his may be presumed to contribute something definite to the thought; and Eltzbacher treats him as if the less conspicuous phrases were merely ornamental work which might safely be omitted or amended when they seemed not be advantageous for ornamental purposes. I must confess that I have little faith in the Eltzbacher method of translation for the rendering author; but it works especially ill with an author like Tucker.

Of course all defects of translation are cured, silently, by substituting the original English. Therefore, at the expense of slightly increasing the bulk of the Tucker chapter, this edition gives the American readers a much more accurate presentation of the utterances of the American champion of Anarchism than can be had in Eltzbacher's German; and, since I have the same advantage as regards Godwin, I thinks I may claim in general terms that mine is the best edition of Eltzbacher for those who read both English and German.

Besides looking out for the accurate presentation of the passages quoted from Tucker, I have kept watch of the correctness of the subject-matter. Whatever seemed to me to represent Tucker's book unfairly, either by misrepresenting his doctrine or by misapplying the quotations, has been corrected by a note.


This will be useful to the reader not only by giving him a better Tucker, but also by giving a sample from which he may judge what amount of fault the followers of Kropotkin or Tolstoi or the rest would be likely to find with the chapters devoted to them. The merely popular reader will probably get the impression that Eltzbacher is really a rather unreliable man. The competent student, who knows that must be looked out for in all work of this sort, will have his confidence in Eltzbacher increased by seeing how little of serious fault appears in such a search.

The index is compiled independently for this translation. Omitting such entries as merely duplicate the utility of the table of contents, and making an effort to head every entry with the word under which the reader will actually seek it, I hope I have bettered Eltzbacher's index; and I hope the index will be not only a place-finder but a help toward the appreciation of the Anarchistic teachings.

I have not in general undertaken to criticise those features of the book which embody Eltzbacher's own opinions. Whether it was in fact right to select these seven men as the touchstone of Anarchism, -whether Eltzbacher is right in discussing the definition of the State as he does, or whether he might better simply have taken as authoritative that definition which has legal force in international law, -whether he ought to have added any other feature to his book, -are points on which the reader does not care for my judgment, nor am I eager to express a judgment. Having had to work over the book very carefully in detail, I have felt entitled to express an opinion as to how well Eltzbacher has done the work that he did choose to do; I have also told what work I as a translator claim to have done; and it is time this preface ended.

Steven T. Byinton.

Ballardvale, Mass., August 28, 1907.



Adler, "Handwoerterbuch", Georg Adler, "Anarchismus,"in Hindwoerterbuch der Staatswissenschaften, 2d ed. (Jena 1898), vol. 1 pp. 296-327.

Adler, "Nord und Sued", Georg Adler, "Die lehren der Anarchisten,"in Nord und Sued (Breslau) vol. 32 (1885) pp. 371-83.

Ba. "Articles", "Articles ècrits par Bakounine dans l'Egalitè de 1869,"in Mèmoire prèsentè par la fèdèration jurassienne de l'Association internationale des travailleurs á toutes les fèdèrations de l'Internationale (Sonvillier, n. d.), "Pièces justificatives"pp. 68-114.

Ba. "Briefe", "Briefe Bakunins,"in Dragomanoff (see below) pp. 1-272.

Ba. "Dieu", Michel Bakounine, Dieu et l'Etat, 2d ed. (Paris 1892).

Ba. "Dieu"Œuvres, "Dieu et l'Etat,"in Michel Bakounine œuvres, 3d ed. (Paris 1895), pp. 261-326.

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Ba. "Programme", Bakounine, "Programme de la section slave à Zurich,"in Dragomanoff (see below) pp. 381-3.

Ba. "Proposition", "Fèdèralisme, socialism et antithèologisme. Proposition motivèe au Comitè central de la Ligue de la paix et de la libertè,"in Michel Bakounine, Œuvres, 3d ed. (Paris 1895), pp. 1-205.

Ba. "Statuts", "Statuts secrets de l'Alliance"and "Programme et règlement de l'Alliance publique,"in L'Alliance"(see below) pp. 118-35.

Ba. "Volkssache", M. Bakunin, "Die Volkssache. Romanow, Pugatschew oder Pestel?"in Dragomanoff (see below) pp. 303-9.

Bernatzik, Bernatzik, "Der Anarchismus,"in Jahrbuch fuer Gesetzbung, Verwaltung und Volkswirtschaft im Deutscl, en Reich (Leipsig) vol. 19 (1895) pp. 1-20.


Bernstein, Eduard Bernstein, "Die soziale Doktrin des Anarchismus,"in Die Neus Zeit (Stuttgart) year 10 (1891-2) vol. 1 pp. 358-65, 421-8; vol. 2 pp. 589-96, 618-26, 657-66, 772-8, 813-19.

Crispi= Francesco Crispi, "The Antidote for Anarchy,"in Daily Main (London) no. 807 (1898) p. 4.

"Der Anarchismus und seine Traeger", Der Anarchismus und seine Traeger. Enthuellungen aus dem Lager der Anarchisten von, Verfasser der Londoner Briefe in der Koelnischen Seitung (Berlin 1887).

"Die historische Entwickelung des Anarchismus", Die historische Entwickelung des Anarchismus (New York 1894).

Diehl, Karl Diehl, P.J. Proudhon. Seine Lehre und sein Leben. (3 vol., Jena 1888-96.)

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Garraud, R. Garroud, L'Anarchie et la Rèpression (Paris 1895).

Godwin, William Godwin, An Enquiry concerning Political Justice and its Influence on General Virtus and Happiness (2 vol., London 1793). [Bracketed references are to the "First American from the second London edition, corrected,"Philadelphia, 1796.]

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Kr. "Prisons", Pierre Kropotkine, Les Prisons (Paris 1890).

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* Entitled "The Ego and His Own." N.Y., Benj. R. Tucker, 1907.


1. We want to know Anarchism scientifically for reasons both personal and external.





The problem for our study is, to get determinate concepts of Anarchism and its species. As soon as such determinate concepts are attained, Anarchism is scientifically known. For their determination is not only conditioned on a comprehensive view of all the individual phenomena of Anarchism; it also brings together the results of this comprehensive view, and assigns to them a place in the totality of our knowledge.

The problem of getting determinate concepts of Anarchism and its species seems at a first glance perfectly clear. But the apparent clearness vanishes on closer examination.

For there rises first the question what shall be the starting-point of our study? The answer will be given "Anarchistic teachings." But there is by no means an agreement as to what teachings are Anarchistic; one man designates as "Anarchistic" these teachings, another those; and of the teachings themselves a part designate themselves as Anarchistic, a part do not. How can one take any of them as Anarchistic teachings for a starting-point, without applying that very concept of Anarchism which he has yet to determine?

Then rises the further question, what is the goal of the study? The answer will be given "the concepts



of Anarchism and its species." But we see daily that different men define in quite different ways the concept of an object which they yet conceive in the same way. One says that law is the general will; another, that it is a mass of precepts which limit a man's natural liberty for other men's sake; a third, that it is the ordering of the life of the nation (or of the community of nations) to maintain God's order of the world. They all know that a definition should state the proximate genus and the distinctive marks of the species, but this knowledge does them little good. So it seems that the goal of the study does still require elucidation.

Lastly rises the question, what is the way to this goal? Any one who has ever observed the conflict of opinions in the intellectual sciences knows well, on the one hand, how utterly we lack a recognized method for the solution of problems; and, on the other hand, how necessary it is in any study to get clearly in mind the method that is to be used.

2. Our study can come to a more precise specification of its problem. The problem is to put concepts in the place of non-conceptual notions of Anarchism and its species.

Every concept-determining study faces the problem of comprehending conceptually an object that was first comprehended non-conceptually, and therefore of putting a concept in the place of non-conceptual notions of an object. This problem finds a specially clear expression in the concept-determining judgment (the definition), which puts in immediate juxtaposition, in its subject some non-conceptual notion of an object,


and in its predicate a conceptual notion of the same object.

Accordingly, the study that is to determine the concepts of Anarchism and its species has for its problem to comprehend conceptually objects that are first comprehended in non-conceptual notions of Anarchism and its species; and therefore, to put concepts in the place of these non-conceptual notions.

3. But our study may specify its problem still more precisely, though at first only on the negative side. The problem is not to put concepts in the place of all notions that appear as non-conceptual notions of Anarchism and its species.

Any concept can comprehend conceptually only one object, not another object together with this. The concept of health cannot be at the same time the concept of life, nor the concept of the horse that of the mammal.

But in the non-conceptual notions that appear as notions of Anarchism and its species there are comprehended very different objects. To be sure, the object of all these notions is on the one hand a genus that is formed by the common qualities of certain teachings, and on the other hand the species of this genus, which are formed by the addition of sundry peculiarities to these common qualities. But still these notions have in view very different groups of teachings with their common and special qualities, some perhaps only the teachings of Kropotkin and Most, others only the teachings of Stirner, Tucker, and Mackay, others again the teachings of both sets of authors.


If one proposed to put concepts in the place of all the non-conceptual notions which appear as notions of Anarchism and its species, these concepts would have to comprehend at once the common and special qualities of quite different groups of teachings, of which groups one might embrace only the teachings of Kropotkin and Most, another only those of Stirner, Tucker, and Mackay, a third both. But this is impossible: the concepts of Anarchism and its species can comprehend only the common and special qualities of a single group of teachings; therefore our study cannot put concepts in the place of all the notions that appear as notions of Anarchism and its species.

4. By completing on the affirmative side this negative specification of its problem, our study can arrive at a still more precise specification of this problem. The problem is to put concepts in the place of those non-conceptual notions of Anarchism and its species, having in view one and the same group of teachings, which are most widely diffused among the men who at present are scientifically concerned with Anarchism.

Because the only possible problem for our study is to put concepts in the place of part of the notions that appear as non-conceptual notions of Anarchism and its species,—to wit, only in the place of such notions as have in view one and the same group of teachings with its common and special qualities,— therefore we must divide into classes, according to the groups of teachings that they severally have in view, the notions that appear as notions of Anarchism and its species, and we must choose the class whose notions


are to be replaced by concepts.

The choice of the class must depend on the kind of men for whom the study is meant. For the study of a concept is of value only for those who non-conceptually apprehend the object of the concept, since the concept takes the place of their notions only. For those who form a non-conceptual notion of space, the concept of morality is so far meaningless; and just as meaningless, for those who mean by Anarchism what the teachings of Proudhon and Stirner have in common, is the concept of what is common to the teachings of Proudhon, Stirner, Bakunin, and Kropotkin.

But the men for whom this study is meant are those who at present are scientifically concerned with Anarchism. If all these, in their notions of Anarchism and its species, had in view one and the same group of teachings, then the problem for our study would be to put concepts in the place of this set of notions. Since this is not the case, the only possible problem for our study is to put concepts in the place of that set of notions which has in view a group of teachings that the greatest possible number of the men at present scientifically concerned with Anarchism have in view in their non-conceptual notions of Anarchism and its species.


In accordance with what has been said, the startingpoint of our study must be those non-conceptual notions of Anarchism and its species, having in view one and the same group of teachings, which are most widely diffused among the men who at present are


scientifically concerned with Anarchism.

1. How can it be known what group of teachings the non-conceptual notions of Anarchism and its species most widely diffused among the men at present scientifically concerned with Anarchism have in view?

First and foremost, this may be seen from utterances regarding particular Anarchistic teachings, and from lists and descriptions of such teachings.

We may assume that a man regards as Anarchistic those teachings which he designates as Anarchistic, and, further, those teachings which are likewise characterized by the common qualities of these. We may further assume that a man does not regard as Anarchistic those teachings which he in any form contrasts with the Anarchistic teachings, nor, if he undertakes to catalogue or describe the whole body of Anarchistic teachings, those teachings unknown to him which are not characterized by the common qualities of the teachings he catalogues or describes.

What group of teachings those non-conceptual notions of Anarchism and its species which are most widely diffused among the men at present scientifically concerned with Anarchism have in view, may be seen secondly from the definitions of Anarchism and from other utterances about it. We may doubtingly assume that a man regards as Anarchistic those teachings which come under his definition of Anarchism, or for which his utterances about Anarchism hold good; and, on the contrary, that he does not regard as Anarchistic those teachings which do not come under that definition, or for which these utterances do not hold good.


When these two means of knowledge lead to contradictions, the former must be decisive. For, if a man so defines Anarchism, or so speaks of Anarchism, that on this basis teachings which he declares non-Anarchistic manifest themselves to be Anarchistic,—and perhaps other teachings, which he counts among the Anarchistic, to be non-Anarchistic,—this can be due only to his not being conscious of the scope of his general pronouncements; therefore it is only from his treatment of the individual teachings that one can find out his opinion of these.

2. These means of knowledge inform us what group of teachings the non-conceptual notions of Anarchism and its species most widely diffused among the men at present scientifically concerned with Anarchism have in view.

We learn, first, that the teachings of certain particular men are recognized as Anarchistic teachings by the greater part of those who at present are scientifically concerned with Anarchism.

We learn, second, that by the greater part of those who at present are scientifically concerned with Anarchism the teachings of these men are recognized as Anarchistic teachings only in so far as they relate to law, the State, and property; but not in so far as they may be concerned with the law, State, or property of a particular legal system or a particular group of legal systems, nor in so far as they regard other objects, such as religion, the family, art.

Among the recognized Anarchistic teachings seven are particularly prominent: to wit, the teachings of Godwin, Proudhon, Stirner, Bakunin, Kropotkin,


Tucker, and Tolstoi. They all manifest themselves to be Anarchistic teachings according to the greater part of the definitions of Anarchism, and of other scientific utterances about it. They all display the qualities that are common to the doctrines treated of in most descriptions of Anarchism. Some of them, be it one or another, are put in the foreground in almost every work on Anarchism. Of no one of them is it denied, to an extent worth mentioning, that it is an Anarchistic teaching.


In accordance with what has been said, the goal of our study must be to determine, first, the concept of the genus which is constituted by the common qualities of those teachings which the greater part of the men at present scientifically concerned with Anarchism recognize as Anarchistic teachings; second, the concepts of the species of this genus, which are formed by the accession of any specialties to those common qualities.

1. The first thing toward a concept is that an object be apprehended as clearly and purely as possible.

In non-conceptual notions an object is not apprehended with all possible clearness. In our non-conceptual notions of gold we most commonly make clear to ourselves only a few qualities of gold; one of us, perhaps, thinks mainly of the color and the lustre, another of the color and malleability, a third of some other qualities. But in the concept of gold color, lustre, malleability, hardness, solubility, fusibility, specific gravity, atomic weight, and all other qualities of gold, must be apprehended as clearly as possible.


Nor is an object apprehended in all possible purity in our non-conceptual notions. We introduce into our non-conceptual notions of gold many things that do not belong among the qualities of gold; one, perhaps, thinks of the present value of gold, another of golden dishes, a third of some sort of gold coin. But all these alien adjuncts must be kept away from the concept of gold.

So the first goal of our study is to describe as clearly as possible on the one side, and as purely as possible on the other, the common qualities of those teachings which the greater part of the men at present scientifically concerned with Anarchism recognize as Anarchistic teachings, and the specialties of all the teachings which display these common qualities.

2. It is further requisite for a concept that an object should have its place assigned as well as possible in the total realm of our experience,—that is, in a system of species and genera which embraces our total experience.

In non-conceptual notions an object does not have its place assigned in the total realm of our experience, but arbitrarily in one of the many genera in which it can be placed according to its various qualities. One of us, perhaps, thinks of gold as a species of the genus "yellow bodies," another as a species of the genus "malleable bodies," a third as a species of some other genus. But the concept of gold must assign it a place in a system of species and genera that embraces our whole experience,—a place in the genus "metals."

So a further goal of our study is to assign a place as well as possible in the total realm of our experience


(that is, in a system of species and genera which embraces our total experience) for the common qualities of those teachings which the greater part of the men at present scientifically concerned with Anarchism recognize as Anarchistic teachings, and for the specialties of all the teachings that display these common qualities.


In accordance with what has been said, the way that our study must take to go from its starting-point to its goal will be in three parts. First, the concepts of law, the State, and property must be determined. Next, it must be ascertained what the Anarchistic teachings assert about law, the State, and property. Finally, after removing some errors, we must get determinate concepts of Anarchism and its species.

1. First, we must get determinate concepts of law, the State, and property; and this must be of law, the State, and property in general, not of the law, State, or property of a particular legal system or a particular family of legal systems.

Law, the State, and property, in this sense, are the objects about which the doctrines which are to be examined in their common and special qualities make assertions. Before the fact of any assertions about an object can be ascertained,—not to say, before the common and special qualities of these assertions can be brought out and assigned to a place in the total realm of our experience,—we must get a determinate concept of this object itself. Hence the first thing that must be done is to determine the concepts of law, the State, and property (chapter II).


2. Next, it must be ascertained what the Anarchistic teachings assert about law, the State, and property;—that is, the recognized Anarchistic teachings, and also those teachings which likewise display the qualities common to these.

What the recognized Anarchistic teachings say, must be ascertained in order to determine the concept of Anarchism. What all the teachings that display the common qualities of the recognized Anarchistic teachings say, be ascertained in order that we may get determinate concepts of the species of Anarchism.

So each of these teachings must be questioned regarding its relation to law, the State, and property. These questions must be preceded by the question on what foundation the teaching rests, and must be followed by the question how it conceives the process of its realization.

It is impossible to present here all recognized Anarchistic teachings, not to say all Anarchistic teachings. Therefore our study limits itself to the presentation of seven especially prominent teachings (chapters III to IX), and then, from this standpoint, seeks to get a view of the totality of recognized Anarchistic teachings and of all Anarchistic teachings (chapter X).

The teachings presented are presented in their own words,* but according to a uniform system: the first, for security against the importation of alien thoughts; the second, to avoid the uncomparable juxtaposition


of fundamentally different courses of thought. They have been compelled to give definite replies to definite questions; it was indeed necessary in many cases to bring the answers together in tiny fragments from the most various writings, to sift them so far as they contradicted each other, and to explain them so far as they deviated from ordinary language. Thus Tolstoi's strictly logical structure of thought and Bakunin's confused talk, Kropotkin's discussions full of glowing philanthropy and Stirner's self-pleasing smartness, come before our eyes directly and yet in comparable form.

3. Finally, after removing widely diffused errors, we are to get determinate concepts of Anarchism and its species.

We must, therefore, on the basis of that knowledge of the Anarchistic teachings which we have acquired, clear away the most important errors aboutAnarchism and its species; and then we must determine what the Anarchistic teachings have in common, and what specialties are represented among them, and assign to both a place in the total realm of our experience. Then we have the concepts of Anarchism and its species (chapter XI).

* Russian writings are cited from translations, which are cautiously revised where they seem too harsh.




In this discussion we are to get determinate concepts of law, the State, and property in general, not of the law, State and property of a particular legal system or of a particular family of legal systems. The concepts of law, State, and property are therefore to be determined as concepts of general jurisprudence, not as concepts of any particular jurisprudence.

1. By the concepts of the law, State and property, one may understand, first, the concepts of law, State, and property in the science of a particular legal system. These concepts of law, State, and property contain all the characteristics that belong to the substance of a particular legal system. For we may designate as the science of a particular legal system that part of jurisprudence which concerns itself exclusively with the norms of a particular legal system.

The concepts of law, State, and property in the science of a legal system are distinguished from the concepts of law, State and property in the science of other legal systems by this characteristic, - that they are concepts of norms of this particular system. From this characteristic that result from the special substance of this system of law in contrast to other such systems. The



concepts of property in the present laws of the German empire, of France, and of England are distinguished by the fact that they are concepts of norms of these three different legal systems. Consequently they are as different as are the norms of the present imperial-German, French, and English law on the subject of property. The concepts of law, State, and property in different legal systems are to each other as species-concepts which are subordinate to one and the same generic concept.

2. Second, one may understand by the concepts of law, State, and property the concepts of law, State, and property in the science of a particular family of laws.

These concepts of law, State, and property contain all the characteristics that belong to the common substance of the different legal systems of this family. They embrace only the common substance of the different systems of this family. They may, therefore, be called concepts of the science of this family of laws. For we may designate as the science of a particular family of laws that part of jurisprudence which deals exclusively with the norms of a particular family of legal systems, so far as these are not already dealt with by the sciences of the particular legal systems of this family.

The concepts of law, State, and property in the science of a family of laws are distinguished from the concepts of law, State, and property in the sciences of the legal systems that form the family by lacking the characteristic of being concepts of norms of these systems, and consequently lacking also all the characte-


ristics which may be deduced from this characteristic according to the special substance of one or another legal system. The concept of the State in the science of present European law is distinguished from the concepts of the State in the sciences of present German, Russian, and Belgian law by not being a concept of norms of any of these systems, and consequently by lacking all the characteristics that result from the special substance of the constitutional norms in force in Germany, Russia, and Belgium. Its relations to the concepts of the State in the science of these systems is that of a generic concept to subordinate species-concepts.

The concepts of law, State, and property in the science of a family of laws are distinguished from the concepts of law, State, and property in the science of other such families by the characteristic, - that they are concepts of norms of this particular family. From this characteristic we may deduce all the characteristics that are peculiar to the common substance of the different legal systems of this family in contrast to the common substance of the different legal systems of other families. The concept of the State in the science of present European law and the concept of the State in the science of European law in the year 1000 are distinguished by the fact that one is a concept of constitutional norms that are in force in Europe to-day, the other of such as were in force in Europe then; consequently norms in force in Europe to-day have in common is different from what was common to the constitutional norms in force in


Europe then. These concepts are to each other as species-concepts which are subordinate to one and the same generic concept.

3. Third, one may understand by the concepts of law, State, and property the concepts of law, State, and property in general jurisprudence.

These concepts of law, State and property contain all the characteristics that belong to the common substance of the most different systems and families of laws. They embrace only what the norms of the most different systems and families of laws have in common. They may, therefore, be called concepts of general jurisprudence. For that part of jurisprudence which treats of legal norms without limitation to any particular system or family of laws, so far as these norms are not already treated by the sciences of the particular systems of families, may be designated as general jurisprudence.

The concepts of law, State, and property in general jurisprudence are distinguished from the concept of law, State and property in the particular jurisprudence by lacking the characteristic of being concepts of norms of one of these systems or at least one of these families of systems, and consequently lacking also all the characteristics which may be deduced from this characteristic according to the special substance of some system of family of laws. The concept of law per se is distinguished from the concept of law in present European law and from the concept of law in the present law of the German empire by not being a concept of norms of that family of laws, not to say that particular system, and consequently by lacking


all the characteristics that might belong to any peculiarities which might be common to all legal norms at present in force in Europe or in Germany. Its relation to the concepts of law in these particular jurisprudences is that of a generic concept to subordinate species-concepts.

4. In which of the senses here distinguished the concepts of law, State, and property should be defined in a particular case, and what matters should accordingly be taken into consideration in defining them, depends n the purpose of one's study.

If, for example, the point is to describe scientifically the constitutional norms of the present law of the German empire, then the concept of the state as defined in this occasion must be a concept of the science of this particular legal system. For scientific work on the norms of a particular legal system requires that concepts be formed of the norms of just this system. Consequently the material to be taken into consideration will be only the constitutional norms of the present law of the German empire. -That the concepts defined in the scientific description of a system of law are in fact concepts of the science of this system my indeed seem obscure. For every concept of the science of any particular system of law may be defined as the concept of a species under the corresponding generic concept of general jurisprudence. We define this generic concept, say the concept of the State in general jurisprudence, and add the distinctive characteristic of the species-concept, that it is a concept of norms of this particular system of law, say of the present law of the German empire. And then we


often leave this additional characteristic unexpressed, where we think may assume (as in the case in the scientific description of the norms of any particular system of law) that everybody will regard it as tacitly added. The consequence is that the definition given in the scientific description of a particular system of law looks, at a superficial glance, like the definition of a concept of general jurisprudence.

Or, if the point is to compare scientifically the norms of the present European law regarding property, the concept of property as defined on this occasion must be a concept of the science of this particular family of laws. For the scientific comparison


of norms of different legal systems demands that concepts of the sciences of these different legal systems be subordinately arranged under corresponding concepts of the science of the family of laws which is made up of these systems. Consequently the material to be taken into consideration will be only the norms of this family of laws. -Here again, indeed, it may seem obscure that the concepts defined are really concepts that belong to the science of a family of laws may likewise be defined by defining the corresponding concepts of general jurisprudence and tacitly adding the characteristic of being concepts of norms of this particular family of laws.

Finally, if it comes to pass that the point is to compare scientifically what the norms of the most diverse systems of law have in common, the concept of law as defined on this occasion must be a concept of general jurisprudence. For the scientific comparison of norms of the most diverse systems and families of laws demands that concepts which belong to the sciences of the most diverse systems and families of laws be subordinately arranged under the corresponding concept of general jurisprudence. Consequently the material is to be taken in to consideration will be the norms of the most diverse systems and families of laws.

Here, -where the point is to take the first step toward a scientific comprehension of teachings which pass judgment on law, the State, and property in general, not only on the law, State, or property of a particular system or family of laws, - the concepts of law, State, and property must be necessarily be defined as concepts of general jurisprudence. For a scientific comprehension of teachings which deal with the common substance of the most diverse systems and families of laws demands that concepts of this common substance - consequently concepts belonging to general jurisprudence - be formed. Therefore we have to take into consideration, as our material, the norms (especially regarding the state and property) of the most diverse systems and families of laws.

2. - LAW

Law is the body of legal norms. A legal norm is a norm which is based on the fact that men have the will to see a certain procedure generally observed within a circle which included themselves.

1. A legal norm is a norm.

A norm is the idea of a correct procedure. A correct procedure means one that corresponds either to


the final purpose of all human procedure (unconditionally correct procedure, —for instance, respect for another's life), or at any rate to some accidental purpose (conditionally correct procedure, - for instance, the skilled handling of a picklock). And the idea of a correct procedure means that the unconditionally or conditionally correct procedure is to be thought of not as a fact but as a task, not as something real but as something realized; it does not mean that I shall in fact spare my enemies life, but that I am to spare it - not how the thief really did use the picklock, but how he should have used it. The idea of a correct procedure is what we designate as an "ought": when I think of an "ought," I think of what has to be done in order to realize either the final purpose of all human procedure or some accidental personal purpose. All passing of judgment on past procedure is conditioned upon the idea of a correct procedure - only with regard to this idea can past procedure be described as good or bad, expedient or inexpedient; as so is all deliberation on future procedure - only with regard to this idea does one inquire whether it will be right, or at any rate expedient, to proceed in a given manner.

Every legal norm represents a procedure as correct, declares that it corresponds to a particular purpose. And it represents this correct procedure as an idea, designates it not as a fact but as a task, does not say that any one does proceed so but that one is to proceed so. Hence a legal norm is a norm.

2. A legal norm is a norm based on human will.

A norm based on human will is a norm by virtue


of which one must proceed in a certain way in order that he may not put himself in opposition to the will of some particular men, and so be apprehended by the power which is at the service of these men. Such as norm, therefore, represents a procedure only as conditionally correct; to wit, as a means to the end (which we are perhaps pursuing or perhaps despising) of remaining in harmony with the will of certain men, and so being spared by the power which serves this will.

Every legal norm tells us what we must proceed in a certain way in order that we may not contravene the will of some particular men and then suffer under their power. Therefore it represents a procedure only as conditionally correct, and instructs us not as to what is good but only as to what is prescribed. Hence a legal norm is norm based on human will.

3. A legal norm is a norm based on the fact that men will to have a certain procedure for themselves and others.

A norm is based on the fact that men will to have a certain procedure for themselves and others when the will on which the norm is based has reference not only to others who do not will, but also, as the same time, to the willer's themselves also; when, therefore, these not only will that others be subject to the norm but also will to be subject to it themselves.

Every legal norm, and of all norms only the legal norm as the characteristic that the will on which it is based reaches beyond those who will it is, and yet embraces them too. The rule, "Whoever takes from another a movable thing that is not his own, with the intent to appropriate it illegally, is punished with im-


prisonment for theft," is not only based on the will of men, but each of these men is also conscious that, while on the other hand the rule applies to other men, on the other hand it applies to himself.

Here it might alleged that, after all, the mere fact of men's will to have a certain procedure for themselves and others does not always establish law; for example, the efforts of the Bonapartists do not establish the empire in France. But it is when this bare will exists that law is established, but only when a morn is based on this will; that is when it has in its service so great a power that it is competent to affect the behavior of the men to whom it relates. As soon as Bonapartism spreads so widely and in such circles that this takes place, the republic will fall and the empire will indeed become law in France.

One might further appeal to the fact that in unlimited monarchies (in Russia, for instance) the law is based solely on the will of one man, who is not himself subject to it. But Russian law is not based on the czar's will at all'; the czar is a weak individual man, and his will in itself is totally unqualified to affect many millions of Russians in their procedure. Russian law is based rather on the will of all those Russians — peasants, soldiers, officials — who, for the most various reasons — patriotism, self-interest, superstition- will that what the czar wills shall be law in Russia. Their will is qualified to affect the procedure of the Russians; and, if they should ever grow so few that it would no longer have this qualification, then the history of revolutions proves.


4. It has been asserted that legal norms have still other qualities.

It has been said, first, that it belongs to the essence of a legal norm to be enforceable, or even to be enforceable in a particular way, by judicial procedure, governmental force.

If by this we are to understand that conformity can always be enforced, we are met at once by the great number of cases in which this cannot be done. When a debtor is insolvent, or a murder has been committed, conformity to the violated legal norms cannot not be enforced after the fact, but their validity is not impaired by this.

If by enforceability we mean that conformity to a legal norm must be insured by other legal norms providing for the vase of its violation, we need only go on from the insured to the insuring norms for a while, to come to norms for which conformity is not insured by any further legal norms. If one refuses to recognize these norms as legal norms, then neither can the norms which are insured by them rank as legal norms, and so, going back along the series, one has last no legal norms left.

Only if one would understand by the enforceability of the legal norm that a will must have at its disposal a certain power in order that legal norm may be based on it, one might certainly say in this sense that enforceability belongs to the essence of a legal norm. But this quality of the legal norm would be only such a quality as would be derivable from its quality of being a norm, and would therefore have no claim to be added as a further quality.


Again, it has been named an essential quality of a legal norm that it should be based on the will of a State. But even where we cannot speak of a State at all, among nomads for instance, there are yet legal norms. Besides, every State is itself a legal relation, established by legal norms, which consequently cannot be based on its will. And lastly, the norms of international law, which are intended to bind the will of States, cannot be based on the will of a State.

Finally, it has been asserted that it was essential to a legal norm that it should correspond to the moral law. If this were so, then among the different legal norms which to-day are in force one directly after the other in the territories under the same circumstances, only one could in each case be regarded as a legal norm; for under the same circumstances there is only moral right. Nor could one speak then of unrighteous legal norms, for it they are unrighteous norms, for if they were unrighteous they would not be legal norms. But in reality, even when legal norms determine conduct quite differently under the same circumstances, they are all nevertheless recognized as legal norms; nor is it doubted that there are bad legal norms as well as good.

5. as a norm based on the fact that men have the will to see a certain procedure generally observed within a circle which includes themselves, the legal norm is distinguished from all other objects, even from those that most resemble it.

By being based on the will of men it is distinguished from the moral law (the commandment of the morality); this is not based on men's willing a certain


procedure, but on the fact that this procedure corresponds to the final purpose of all human procedure. The maxim, "Love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, pray for those who abuse and persecute you,"is a moral law; so is the maxim, "Act so that the maxims of your will might at all times serves as the principles of a general legislation."For the correctness of such as procedure is founded on the fact that other men will have it, but on the fact that it corresponds to the final purpose of all human procedure.

By being based on the will of men the legal norm is distinguished also from good manners; these are not based on the fact that men will a certain procedure, but on the fact that they themselves proceed in a certain way. It is manners that one goes to a ball in a dress coast and white gloves, uses his knife at the table only for cutting, begs the daughter of the house for a dance or least one round, takes leave of the master and mistress of the house, and lastly presses a tip into the servant's hand; for the correctness of such a behavior is not based on the fact that other men ask this of us, - to those who start a new fashion is spreading to more extensive circles, - but solely on the fact that other men themselves behave so, and that we want "not to be peculiar,""not to make ourselves conspicuous,""to do like the rest,"etc.

By being based on a will which relates at once to those who will it is and to others whose will it is not, it is distinguished on the other hand from an arbitrary command, in which one's will applies only to


others, and on the other from a resolution, in which it applies only to himself. It is an arbitrary command when Cortes with his Spaniards commands the Mexicans to bring out their gold, or when a band of robbers forbids a frightened peasantry to betray their hiding-place; here a human will decides, indeed, but a will that relates only to other men, and not at the same time to those whose will it is. A resolution is presented when I have decided to get up at six every morning, or to leave smoking, or to finish a piece of work within a specified time — here a human will is indeed the standard, but it relates only to him who will it is not at all to others.

6. What is briefly summed up in the definition of the legal norm may, of one takes into account the explanations which have been given with this definition, be expanded as follows:

Men will that a given procedure be generally observed within a circle which included themselves, and their power is so great that their will is competent to affect the men of this circle in their procedure. When such is the condition of things, a legal norm exists.


The State is a legal relation by virtue of which a supreme authority exists in a certain territory.

1. The state is a legal relation
A legal relation is the relation, determined by legal norms, of an obligated party, one to whom a procedure is prescribed, to an entitled party, one for who sake it is prescribed. Thus, for instance, the legal relation of a loan is a relation of the borrower,


who is bound by the legal norms concerning loans, to the lender, for whose sake he is bound.

The State is the legal relation of all the men who by legal norms are subjected to a supreme territorial authority, to all those for whose sake they are subjected to it. Here the circle of the entitled and the obligated is one and the same; the State is a bond upon all in favor of all.

To this it might perhaps be objected that the State is not a legal relation but a person. But the two propositions, that an association of men is a person in the legal sense and that it is a legal relation of a particular kind; law, in viewing the association in its outward relationships as a person, starts from the fact that men are bound together by a particular legal relation. A joint-stock corporation is a person not although, but because, it is a legal relation of a peculiar kind. And similarly, the fact that the State is a person is not only reconcilable with its being a legal relation, but founded on its being a peculiar legal relation.

2. As to the conditions of its existence, this legal relation is involuntary.

A voluntary legal relation exists when legal norms make entrance into the relation conditional on actions of the obligated party, of which actions the purpose is to bring about the legal relation; for instance, entrance into the relation of tenancy is conditioned on agreeing to a lease. Per contra, an involuntary legal relation exists when legal norms do not make entrance


into the relation conditional on any such actions of the obligated party, as, for instance, a patent is not conditioned on any action of those who are bound by it, and the sentence of a criminal is at least not conditioned on any action whereby he intended to bring it about.

If the state were a voluntary legal relation, a supreme authority could exist only for those inhabitants of a territory who had acknowledged it. But the supreme authority exists for all inhabitants of the territory, whether they have acknowledged it or not; the legal relation is therefore involuntary.

3. The substance of this legal relation is, that a supreme authority exists in a territory.

An authority exists in a territory by virtue of a legal relation when, according to the legal norms which found the relation, the will of some men — or even merely of a man — is regulative for the inhabitants of this territory. A supreme authority exists in a territory by virtue of a legal relation when according to those norms the will of some men is finally regulative for the inhabitants of the territory, - that is, is decisive when authorities disagree. What we here designate as a supreme authority, therefore,  is not the men on whose will the legal norms in force in a territory are based, but rather their highest agents, whose will they would have finally regulative within the territory.

What men it is whose will is finally regulative for the inhabitants of a territory by virtue of a legal relation — for instance, members of a royal family according to a certain order of inheritance, or persons


elected according to a certain election law — depends on the legal norms by which the legal relation is determined. On these legal norms, too, depends the question within what limits the will of these men is regulative. But this limited nature of the authority does not stand in the way of its being a supreme authority; the highest agent need not be an agent with unrestricted powers.

Here one might perhaps object that in federal States, in the German empire of instance, the individual States have not supreme authority. But in reality have it. For, even if there are a multitude of subjects in reference to which the highest authority of the individual States of the German empire has to bow to the imperial authority, yet there are also subjects enough about which the highest authority of the individuals States gives a final decision. As long as there are such subjects, a supreme authority exists in the individual states; if some day there should no longer be such, one could no longer speak of individual States.

4. As a legal relation, by virtue of which a supreme authority exists in a territory, the State is distinguished from all other objects, even from those that most resemble it.

By being a legal relation it is distinguished on the one hand from institutions such as would exists in a conceivable kingdom of God of reason, on the basis of the moral law, and on the other hand from the dominion of a conqueror in the conquered country, which can never be anything but an arbitrary dominion.


Being an involuntary legal relation, the State is distinguished from a conceivable association of men who should set up a supreme authority among men themselves in agreement, as well as from leagues under international law, in which a supreme authority exists on the basis of an agreement.

The fact that by virtue of a legal relation an authority over a territory is given distinguishes the State from the tribal is given distinguishes from the State from the tribal community of nomads and from the Church; for in the former there is given an authority over people of a certain descent, in the latter over people of a certain faith, but in neither over people of a certain territory. And finally, in the fact that this territorial authority is a supreme authority lies the difference between the State and towns, countries, or provinces; in the latter there is indeed a territorial authority instituted, but one that by the very intent o its institution must bow to a higher authority.

5. What is briefly summed up in the definition of the State may be expanded as follows, if one takes into consideration on the one hand the previous definition of a legal norm and on the other hand the above explanations of the definition of the State:

Some inhabitants of a territory are so powerful that their will is competent to affect the inhabitants of this territory in their procedure, and these men will have it that for all the inhabitants of the territory, for themselves as well as for the rest, the will of men picked out in a certain way shall within certain limits be finally regulative. When such is the condition of things, a State exists.



Property is a legal relation, by virtue of which some one has, within a certain group of men, the exclusive privilege of ultimately disposing of a thing.

1. Property is a legal relation.

As has already been stated, a legal relation is the relation of an obligated party, one to whom a procedure is prescribed by legal norms, to an entitled party, one for whose sake it is prescribed.      

Property is the legal relation of all the members of a group of men who by legal norms are excluded from ultimately disposing of a thing, to him — or to those — for whose sake they are excluded from it. Here the circle of the obligated is much broader than that of the entitled; the former embraces, say, all the inhabitants of a territory of all who belong to a tribe, the latter only those among them in whom certain further conditions (for instance, transfer, prescription, appropriation) are fulfilled.

2. As to the conditions of its existence, this legal relation is involuntary.

As discussion has already shown, a voluntary legal relation exists when legal norms make entrance into the relation conditional on actions of the obligated party, of which actions of the purpose is to bring about the legal relation; per contra, an involuntary legal relation exists when legal norms do not make entrance into the relation conditional on any such actions of the obligated party.

If property were a voluntary legal relation, then there could be excluded from ultimately disposing of a


thing only those members of a group of men who had consented to this exclusion. But all members of the group — for instance, all the inhabitants of a territory, all who belong to a tribe — are excluded, whether they are consented or not.

3. The substance of this legal relation consists in some one's having, within a certain group of men, the exclusive privilege of ultimately disposing of a thing.

Some one's having, within a certain group of men, the exclusive privilege of ultimately disposing of a thing means that this group is excluded from the thing in his favor; that is, they must not hinder him from dealing with the thing according to his will, nor may they themselves deal with it against his will. Now, the exclusive disposition of a thing within a certain group of men may be virtue of a legal relation, belong to several, part by part, in this way: that some — or one — of them have it in this or that particular respect (for instance, as to the usufruct), and one — or some — in all other respects which are not individually alienated, to him belongs, within that group, the exclusive privilege of ultimately disposing of the thing.

To whom this belongs by virtue of the legal relation — whether, for instance, it belongs among others to him who by labor has made a thing into some new thing — depends on the legal norms by which the legal relation is determined. On them also depends on the question, within what limits this belongs to him: the dispository authority of him to whom the exclusive


disposition of a thing within a group of men ultimately belongs is limited not only by the dispository authority of those to whom the exclusive disposition within the group proximately belongs, but also by the limits within which such dispository authority is at all allowed to anybody in the group. Especially, it depends on these legal norms whether a privilege of exclusive ultimate disposition belongs to individuals as well as to corporations, or only to corporations, and whether it applies to every kind of things or only to one kind or another.

4. As a legal relation by virtue of which some one has, within a certain group of men, the exclusive privilege of ultimately disposing of a thing, property is distinguished from all other objects, even from those which most resemble it.

By being a legal relation it is distinguished from all the relations in which one has the exclusive ultimate disposition of a thing guaranteed to him solely by the reasonableness of the men who surround him, or solely by his own might, as might be the case in a conceivable kingdom of God or of reason, and as is often the case in a conquered country.

Being an involuntary legal relation, it is distinguished from those legal relations by virtue of which the exclusive privilege of ultimately disposing of a thing that belongs to some one solely on the ground of a contract, and solely as against the other contracting parties.

That by virtue of this legal relation some one has, within a group of men, the exclusive privilege of ultimately disposing of a thing, distinguishes property


from copyright, by virtue of which some one has exclusively, within a group of men, not the disposition of a thing, but somewhat else; and furthermore from rights in the property of others, by virtue of which some one has, within a group of men, the exclusive privilege of disposing of a thing, but not of ultimately disposing of it.

5. What is briefly summed up in the definition of property may be expanded as follows, if one takes into consideration on the one hand the previously given definition of legal norm, and on other the above explanations of the definition of property.

Some men are so powerful that their will is able to affect in its procedure a group of men which embraces them, and these men will have it that no member of this group shall, within certain limits, hinder a member picked out in a certain way from dealing with a thing according to his will, nor within these limits, himself deal with the thing against the will of that member, so far as the will of another member is not already in particular respects regulative with respect that thing equally with the will of that member. When such is the condition of things, property exists.

[Distinguishing the State from arbitrary dominion as he here does (p. 34), and then saying that Anarchism consists solely in the negation of the State, Eltzbacher implies the unsound conclusion that Anarchism does not involve the negation of arbitrary dominion. This is because he incautiously takes the word of the learned public that the only cardinal points of Anarchism are law, the State, and property, without making sure that those who say this are using the term "State" in the precise sense defined by him. But are not many of his "arbitrary commands" law and State by his definitions? Every robber in his band (p. 31) is as much required to keep the secret as are the peasantry and under the same penalties. In restraining a subject population I restrict my liberty of emigration or investment, and forbid myself to be an accomplice in certain things.]




1. William Godwin was born in 1756 at Wisbeach, Cambridgeshire. He studied theology at Hoxton, beginning in 1773. In 1778 he became preacher at Ware, Hertfordshire; in 1780, preacher at Stowmarket, Suffolk. In 1782 he gave up this position. From this time on he lived in London as an author. He died there in 1836.

Godwin published numerous works in the departments of philosophy, economics, and history; also stories, tragedies, and juvenile books.

2. Godwin's teaching about law, the State, and property is contained mainly in the two-volume work " An Enquiry Concerning Political Justice and its Influence on General Virtue and Happiness" (1793).

"The printing of this treatise," says Godwin himself, " was commenced long before the composition was finished.  The ideas of the author became more perspicuous and digested as his inquiries advanced. This circumstance has led him into some inaccuracies of language and reasoning, particularly in the earlier part of the work. He did not enter upon the subject without being aware that government by its very nature counteracts the improvement of individual intellect; but he understood the proposition more completely as he proceeded, and saw more distinctly into


[Godwin's Picture]

the nature of the remedy."*  Godwin's teaching is here presented exclusively in the developed form which it shows in the second part of the work.

3. Godwin does not call his teaching about law, the State, and property "Anarchism."  Yet this word causes him no terror.  "Anarchy is a horrible calamity, but it is less horrible than despotism. Where anarchy has slain its hundreds, despotism has sacrificed millions upon millions, with this only effect, to perpetuate the ignorance, the vices, and the misery of mankind.  Anarchy is a short-lived mischief, while despotism is all but immortal. It is unquestionably a dreadful remedy, for the people to yield to all their furious passions, till the spectacle of their effects gives strength to recovering reason: but, though it be a dreadful remedy, it is a sure one."


According to Godwin, our supreme law is the general welfare.

What is the general welfare? " Its nature is definedby the nature of mind." It is unchangeable; as long as men are men it remains the same.§ "That will most contribute to it which expands the understanding, supplies incitements to virtue, fills us with a generous consciousness of our independence, and carefully removes whatever can impede our exertions."

The general welfare is our supreme law." Duty is that mode of action on the part of the individual,


which constitutes the best possible application of his capacity to the general benefit."* "Justice is the sum of all moral duty; if there be such a thing, I am bound to do for the general weal everything in my power."§ " Virtue is a desire to promote the benefit of intelligent beings in general, the quantity of virtue being as the quantity of desire; "§ " the last perfection of this feeling consists in that state of mind which bids us rejoice as fully in the good that is done by others, as if it were done by ourselves."

"The truly wise man" strives only for the welfare of the whole. He is "actuated neither by interest nor ambition, the love of honor nor the love of fame. [He knows no jealousy. He is not disquieted by the comparison of what he has attained with what others have attained, but by the comparison with what ought to be attained.] He has a duty indeed obliging him to seek the good of the whole; but that good is his only object. If that good be effected by another hand, he feels no disappointment. All men are his fellow laborers, but he is the rival of no man."**

3.— LAW

I. Looking to the general good, Godwin rejects law, not only for particular local and temporary conditions, but altogether."

Law is an institution of the most pernicious tendency."†† "The institution once begun, can never be brought to a close. No action of any man was ever the same as any other action, had ever the same de-


gree of utility or injury. As new cases occur, the law is perpetually found deficient. It is therefore perpetually necessary to make new laws. The volume in which justice records her prescriptions is for ever increasing, and the world would not contain the books that might be written."* "The consequence of the infinitude of law is its uncertainty. Law was made that a plain man might know what he had to expect, and yet the most skilful practitioners differ about the event of my suit." "A farther consideration is that it is of the nature of prophecy. Its task is to describe what will be the actions of mankind, and to dictate decisions respecting them."

"Law we sometimes call the wisdom of our ancestors. But this is a strange imposition. It was as frequently the dictate of their passion, of timidity, jealousy, a monopolizing spirit, and a lust of power that knew no bounds. Are we not obliged perpetually to revise and remodel this misnamed wisdom of our ancestors? to correct it by a detection of their ignorance, and a censure of their intolerance ?"§ " Legislation, as it has been usually understood, is not an affair of human competence. Reason is [our sole legislator, and her decrees are unchangeable and everywhere the same.]" || "Men cannot do more than declare and interpret law; nor can there be, an authority so paramount, as to have the prerogative of making that to be law, which abstract and immutable justice had not made to be law previously to that interposition.


"To be sure," it must be admitted that we are imperfect, ignorant, and slaves of appearances."* But "whatever inconveniences may arise from the passions of men, the introduction of fixed laws cannot be the genuine remedy." "As long as a man is held in the trammels of obedience, and habituated to look to some foreign guidance for the direction of his conduct, his understanding and the vigor of his mind will sleep. Do I desire to raise him to the energy of which he is capable? I must teach him to feel himself, to bow to no authority, to examine the principles he entertains, and render to his mind the reason of his conduct." 

II. The general welfare requires that in future ititself should be men's rule of action in place of the law. "

"If every shilling of our property, [every hour of our time,] and every faculty of our mind, have received their destination from the principles of unalterable justice,"§ that is, of the general good,|| then no other decree can any longer control it. "The true principle which ought to be substituted in the room of law, is that of reason exercising an uncontrolled jurisdiction upon the circumstances of the case."

"To this principle no objection can arise on the score of wisdom. It is not to be supposed that there are not men now existing, whose intellectual accomplishments rise to the level of law. But, if men can be found among us whose wisdom is equal to the wisdom of law, it will scarcely be maintained, that the


truths they have to communicate will be the worse for having no authority, but that which they derive from the reasons that support them."*

"The juridical decisions that were made immediately after the abolition of law, would differ little from those during its empire. They would be the decisions of prejudice and habit. But habit, having lost the centre about which it revolved, would diminish in the regularity of its operations. Those to whom the arbitration of any question was entrusted would frequently recollect that the whole case was committed to their deliberation, and they could not fail occasionally to examine themselves, respecting the reason of those principles which had hitherto passed uncontroverted. Their understandings would grow enlarged, in proportion as they felt the importance of their trust, and the unbounded freedom of their investigation. Here then would commence an auspicious order of things, of which no understanding man at present in existence can foretell the result, the dethronement of implicit faith, and the inauguration of unclouded justice."


I. Since Godwin unconditionally rejects law, he necessarily has to reject the State as unconditionally. Nay, he regards it as a legal institution peculiarly repugnant to the general welfare.

Some base the State on force, others on divine right, others on contract. But "the hypothesis of force appears to proceed upon the total negation of


abstract and immutable justice, affirming every government to be right, that is possessed of power sufficient to enforce its decrees. It puts a violent termination upon all political science, and is calculated for nothing farther than to persuade men, to sit down quietly under their present disadvantages, whatever they may be, and not exert themselves to discover a remedy for the evils they suffer. The second hypothesis is of an equivocal nature. It either coincides with the first, and affirms all existing power to be alike of divine derivation; or it must remain totally useless, till a criterion can be found, to distinguish those governments which are approved by God, from those which cannot lay claim to that sanction."* The third hypothesis would mean that one "should make over to another the control of his conscience and the judging of his duties." "But we cannot renounce our moral independence; it is a property that we can neither sell nor give away; and consequently no government can derive its authority from an original contract."

"All government corresponds in a certain degree to what the Greeks denominated a tyranny. The difference is, that in despotic countries mind is depressed by a uniform usurpation; while in republics it preserves a greater portion of its activity, and the usurpation more easily conforms itself to the fluctuations of opinion." "By its very nature positive institution has a tendency to suspend the elasticity and progress of mind." "We should not forget that gov-


ernment is, abstractedly taken, an evil, a usurpation upon the private judgment and individual conscience of mankind."

II. The general welfare demands that a social human life based solely on its precepts should take the place of the State.

1. Men are to live together in society even after the abolition of the State. "A fundamental distinction exists between society and government. Men associated at first for the sake of mutual assistance."It was not till later that restraint appeared in these associations, in consequence of the errors and perverseness of a few." Society and government are different in themselves, and have different origins. Society is produced by our wants, and government by our wickedness. Society is in every state a blessing; government even in its best state but a necessary

But what is to hold men together in "society without government?"Not a promise, at any rate. No promise can bind me; for either what I have promised is good, then I must do it even if there had been no promise; or it is bad, then not even the promise can make it my duty. "The fact that I have committed an error does not oblige me to make myself guilty of a second also.""Suppose I had promised a sum of money for a good and worthy object. In the interval between the promise and its fulfillment a greater and nobler object presents itself to


me, and imperiously demands my co-operation. To which shall I give the preference? To the one that deserves it. My promise can make no difference. I must be guided by the value of things, not by an external and alien point of view. But the value of things is not affected by my having taken upon me an obligation."

"Common deliberation regarding the general good"is to hold men together in societies hereafter. This is highly in harmony with the general welfare." That a nation should exercise undiminished its function of common deliberation, is a step gained, and a step that inevitably leads to an improvement of the character of individuals. That men should agree in the assertion of truth is no unpleasing evidence of their virtue. Lastly, that an individual, however great may be his imaginary elevation, should be obliged to yield his personal pretensions to the sense of the community, at least bears the appearance of a practical confirmation of the great principle, that all private considerations must yield to the general good."

2. The societies are to be small, and to have as little intercourse with each other as possible.

Small territories are everywhere to administer their affairs independently. "No association of men, so long as they adhered to the principles of reason, could possibly have any interest in extending their territory.""Whatever evils are included in the abstract idea of government, are all of them extremely


aggravated by the extensiveness of its jurisdiction, and softened under circumstances of an opposite species. Ambition, which may be no less formidable than a pestilence in the former, has no room to unfold itself in the latter. Popular commotion is like the waves of the sea, capable where the surface is large of producing the most tragical effects, but mild and innocuous when confined within the circuit of a humble lake.  Sobriety and equity are the obvious characteristics of a limited circle."—"The desire to gain a more extensive territory, to conquer or to hold in awe our neighboring States, to surpass them in arts or arms, is a desire founded in prejudice and error. Power is not happiness. Security and peace are more to be desired than a name at which nations tremble. Mankind are brethren. We associate in a particular district or under a particular climate, because association is necessary to our internal tranquility, or to defend us against the wanton attacks of a common enemy. But the rivalship of nations is a creature of the imagination."

The little independently-administered territories are to have as little to do with each other as possible." Individuals cannot have too frequent or unlimited intercourse with each other; but societies of men haveno interests to explain and adjust, except so far as error and violence may render explanation necessary. This consideration annihilates at once the principal objects of that mysterious and crooked policy which has hitherto occupied the attention of governments. Before this principle officers of the army and the navy,


*Godwin pp. IX-X [VI-VII].

lb. pp. 548-9 [2. 132-3].

lb. p. 90 [1. 120.]

§ Ib. p. 150 [1, 164].

Ib. p 90 [1. 120-21].

*Godwin p. 101 [1. 134].

Ib. pp. 150, 80 [1. 120, 112].

Ib. p. 81 [1. 117-18?]

§ Ib. p 254 [1. 253].

Ib. pp. 360-61 [1. 342].

Ib. p. 361. [Not in ed. 2].

** Ib. p. 361 [1. 342; bracketed words omitted in ed. 2].

†† lb. p. 771 [2. 294].






Even kings are Republicans.' 'Well, you are a Democrat.' 'No.' 'What? can you be a Monarchist?' 'No.' 'A Constitutionalist?' 'I should hope not.' 'You are an Aristocrat then?' 'Not a bit.' 'You want a mixed government, then?' 'Still less.' 'What are you then?' 'I am an Anarchist.'"*


According to Proudhon the supreme law for us is justice.

What is justice? "Justice is respect, spontaneously felt and mutually guaranteed, for human dignity, in whatever person and under whatever circumstances we find it compromised, and to whatever risk its defence may expose us."

"I ought to respect my neighbor, and make others respect him, as myself; such is the law of my conscience. In consideration of what do I owe him this respect? In consideration of his strength, his talent, his wealth? No, what chance gives is not what makes the human person worthy of respect. In consideration of the respect which he in turn pays to me? No, justice assumes reciprocity of respect, but does not wait for it. It asserts and wills respect for human dignity even in an enemy, which causes the existence of laws of war; even in the murderer whom we kill as having fallen from his manhood, which causes the ex-


-istence of penal laws. It is not the gifts of nature or the advantages of fortune that make me respect my neighbor; it is not his ox, his ass, or his maid-servant, as the decalogue says; it is not even the welfare that he owes to me as I owe mine to him; it is his manhood."*

"Justice is at once a reality and an idea."

"Justice is a faculty of the soul, the foremost of all, that which constitutes a social being. But it is more than a faculty; it is an idea, it indicates a relation, an equation. As a faculty it may be developed; this development is what constitutes the education of humanity. As an equation it presents nothing antinomic; it is absolute and immutable like every law, and, like every law, very intelligible."

Justice is for us the supreme law. "Justice is the inviolable yardstick of all human actions."§ "By it the facts of social life, by nature indeterminate and contradictory, become susceptible of definition and arrangement."

"Justice is the central star which governs societies, the pole about which the political world revolves, the principle and rule of all transactions. Nothing is done among men that is not in the name of right; nothing without invoking justice. Justice is not the work of the law; on the contrary, the law is never anything but a declaration and application of what is just." "Suppose a society where justice is outranked, however little, by another principle, say reli-


gion; or in which certain individuals are regarded more highly, by however little, than others; I say that, justice being virtually annulled, it is inevitable that the society will perish sooner or later.*

"It is the privilege of justice that the faith which it inspires is unshakable, and that it cannot be dogmatically denied or rejected. All peoples invoke it; reasons of State, even while they violate it, profess to be based on it; religion exists only for it; skepticism dissembles before it; irony has power only in its name; crime and hypocrisy do it homage. [If liberty is not an empty phrase, it acts only in the service of right; even when it rebels against right, at bottom it does not curse it.]" "All the most rational teachings of human wisdom about justice are summed up in this famous adage: Do to others what you would have done to you; Do not to others what you would not have done to you."


I. In the name of justice Proudhon rejects, not laws indeed, but almost all individual legal norms, and the State laws in particular.

The State makes laws, and " as many laws as the interests which it meets with; and, since interests are innumerable, the legislation-machine must work uninterruptedly. Laws and ordinances fall like hail on the poor populace. After a while the political soil


will be covered with a layer of paper, and all the geologists will have to do will be to list it, under the name of papyraceous formation, among the epochs of the earth's history. The Convention, in three years one month and four days, issued eleven thousand six hundred laws and decrees; the Constituent and Legislative Assemblies had produced hardly less; the empire and the later governments have wrought as industriously. At present the 'Bulletin des Lois' contains, they say, more than fifty thousand; if our representatives did their duty this enormous figure would soon be doubled. Do you believe that the populace, or the government itself, can keep its sanity in this labyrinth?"*

"But what am I saying? Laws for him who thinks for himself, and is responsible only for his own acts! laws for him who would be free, and feels himself destined to become free! I am ready to make terms, but I will have no laws; I acknowledge none; I protest against every order which an ostensibly necessary authority shall please to impose on my free will. Laws! we know what they are and what they are worth. Cobwebs for the powerful and the rich, chains which no steel can break for the little and the poor, fishers' nets in the hands of the government."

"You say they shall make few laws, make them simple, make them good. But it is impossible. Must not government adjust all interests, decide all disputes? Now interests are by the nature of society innumerable, relationships infinitely variable and mobile; how is it possible that only a few laws should


be made? how can they be simple? how can the best law escape soon being detestable? "*

II. Justice requires that only one legal norm be in force: to wit, the norm that contracts must be lived up to.

"What do we mean by a contract? A contract, says the civil code, art. 1101, is an agreement whereby one or more persons bind themselves to one or more others to do or not to do something." "That I may remain free, that I may be subjected to no law but my own, and that I may govern myself, the edifice of society must be rebuilt upon the idea of CONTRACT." "We must start with the idea of contract as the dominant idea of politics."§ This norm, that contracts must be lived up to, is to be based not only on its justice, but at the same time on the fact that among men who live together there prevails a will to enforce the keeping of contracts, if necessary, with violence; so it is to be not only a commandment of morality, but also a legal norm.

"Several of your fellow-men have agreed to treat each other with good faith and fair play,—that is, to respect those rules of action which the nature of things points out to them as being alone capable of assuring to them, in the fullest measure, prosperity, safety, and peace. Are you willing to join their league? to form a part of their society? Do you promise to respect the honor, the liberty, the goods, of your brothers? Do you promise never to appropriate


to yourself, neither by violence, by fraud, by usury, nor by speculation, another's product or possession? Do you promise never to lie and deceive, neither in court, in trade, nor in any of your dealings? You are free to accept or to refuse.

"If you refuse, you form a part of the society of savages. Having left the fellowship of the human race, you come under suspicion. Nothing protects you. At the least insult anybody you meet may knock you down, without incurring any other charge than that of cruelty to animals.

"If you swear to the league, on the contrary, you form a part of the society of free men. All your brothers enter into an engagement with you, promising you fidelity, friendship, help, service, commerce. In case of infraction on their part or on yours, through negligence, hot blood, or evil intent, you are responsible to one another, for the damage and also for the scandal and insecurity which you have caused; this responsibility may extend, according to the seriousness of the perjury or the repetition of the crime, as far as to excommunication and death."*


I. Since Proudhon approves only the single legal norm that contracts must be lived up to, he can sanction only a single legal relation, that of parties to a contract. Hence he must necessarily reject the State; for it is established by particular legal norms, and, as an involuntary legal relation, it binds even those who have not entered into any contract at all. Proudhon


does accordingly reject the State absolutely, without any spatial or temporal limitation; he even regards it as a legal relation which offends against justice to an unusual degree.

"The government of man by man is slavery."*

"Whoever lays his hand on me to govern me is a usurper and a tyrant; I declare him my enemy." "In a given society the authority of man over man is in inverse ratio to the intellectual development which this society has attained, and the probable duration of this authority may be calculated from the more or less general desire for a true — that is, a scientific — government."

"Royalty is never legitimate. Neither heredity, election, universal suffrage, the excellence of the sovereign, nor the consecration of religion and time, makes royalty legitimate. In whatever form it may appear, monarchical, oligarchic, democratic, — royalty, or the government of man by man, is illegal and absurd."7SECT; Democracy in particular "is nothing but a constitutional arbitrary power succeeding another constitutional arbitrary power; it has no scientific value, and we must see in it only a preparation for the Republic, one and indivisible."

"Authority was no sooner begun on earth than it became the object of universal competition. Authority, Government, Power, State, — these words all denote the same thing, — each man sees in it the means of oppressing and exploiting his fellows. Absolutists,


doctrinaires, demagogues, and socialists, turned their eyes incessantly to authority as their sole cynosure."* All parties without exception, in so far as they seek for power, are varieties of absolutism; and there will be no liberty for citizens, no order for societies, no union among workingmen, till in the political catechism the renunciation of authority shall have replaced faith in authority. No more parties, no more authority, absolute liberty of man and citizen, — there, in three words, is my political and social confession of faith."

II. Justice demands, in place of the State, a social human life on the basis of the legal norm that contracts must be lived up to. Proudhon calls this social life "anarchy" and later "federation"§ also.

1. After the abrogation of the State men are still to live together in society. As early as 1841 Proudhon says that the point is "to discover a system, of absolute equality, in which all present institutions, minus property or the sum of the abuses of property, might not only find a place, but be themselves means to equality; individual liberty, the division of powers, the cabinet, the jury, the administrative and judiciary organ ization."

But men are not to be kept together in society by any supreme authority, but only by the legally binding force of contract. "When I bargain for any


object with one or more of my fellow-citizens, it is clear that then my will alone is my law; it is I myself who, in fulfilling my obligation, am my government. If then I could make that contract with all, which I do make with some; if all could renew it with each other; if every group of citizens, commune, canton, department, corporation, company, etc., formed by such a contract and considered as a moral person, could then, always on the same terms, treat with each of the other groups and with all, it would be exactly as if my will was repeated ad infinitum. I should be sure that the law thus made on all points that concern the republic, on the various motions of millions of persons, would never be anything but my law; and, if this new order of things was called government, that this government would be mine. The r&ecute;gime of contracts, substituted for the régime of laws, would constitute the true government of man and of the citizen, the true sovereignty of the people, the Republic."*

"The Republic is the organization by which, all opinions and all activities remaining free, the People, by the very divergence of opinions and of wills, thinks and acts as a single man. In the Republic every citizen, in doing what he wishes and nothing but what he wishes, participates directly in legislation and government, just as he participates in the production and circulation of wealth. There every citizen is king; for he has plenary power, he reigns and governs. The Republic is a positive anarchy. It is neither liberty subjected to order, as in the constitutional monarchy, not liberty imprisoned in order, as the


provisional government would have it. It is liberty delivered from all its hobbles, superstition, prejudice, sophism, speculation, authority; it is mutual liberty, not self-limiting liberty; liberty, not the daughter but the Mother of order."*

2. Anarchy may easily seem to us "the acme of disorder and the expression of chaos. They say that when a Parisian burgher of the seventeenth century once heard that in Venice there was no king, the good man could not get over his astonishment, and thought he should die of laughing. Such is our prejudice." As against this, Proudhon draws a picture of how men's life in society under anarchy might perhaps shape itself in detail, to execute the functions now belonging to the State.

He begins with an example. "For many centuries the spiritual power has been separated, within traditional limits, from the temporal power. [But there has never been a complete separation, and therefore, to the great detriment of the church's authority and of believers, centralization has never been sufficient.] There would be a complete separation if the temporal power not only did not concern itself with the celebration of mysteries, the administration of sacraments, the government of parishes, etc., but did not intervene in the nomination of bishops either. There would ensue a greater centralization, and consequently a more regular government, if in each parish the people had the right to choose for themselves their vicars and curates, or to have none at all; if in each diocese the priests elected their bishop; if the assembly of


bishops, or a primate of the Gauls, had sole charge of the regulation of religious affairs, theological instruction, and worship. By this separation the clergy would cease to be, in the hands of political power, an instrument of tyranny over the people; and by this application of universal suffrage the ecclesiastical government, centralized in itself, receiving its inspirations from the people and not from the government or the pope, would be in constant harmony with the needs of society and with the moral and intellectual condition of the citizens. We must, then, in order to return to truth, organic, political, economic, or social (for here all these are one), first, abolish the constitutional cumulation by taking from the State the nomination of the bishops, and definitively separating the spiritual from the temporal; second, centralize the church in itself by a system of graded elections; third, give to the ecclesiastical power, as we do to all the other powers in the State, the vote of the citizens as a basis. By this system what to-day is Government will no longer be anything but administration; all France iscentralizedTsofar as concerns ecclesiastical functions; the country, by the mere fact of its electoral initiative, governs itself in matters of eternal life as well as in those of this world. And one may already see that if it were possible to organize the entire country in temporal matters on the same bases, "the most perfect order and the most vigorous centralization would exist without there being anything of what we to-day call constituted authority or government."*

Proudhon gives a second example in judicial


authority. "The judicial functions, by their different specialties, their hierarchy, [their permanent tenure of office,] their convergence under a single departmental head, show an unequivocal tendency to separation and centralization. But they are in no way dependent on those who are under their jurisdiction; they are all at the disposal of the executive power, which is appointed by the people once in four years with authority that cannot be diminished; they are subordinated not to the country by election, but to the government, president or prince, by appointment. It follows that those who are under the jurisdiction of a court are given over to their 'natural' judges just as are parishioners to their vicars; that the people belong to the magistrate like an inheritance; that the litigant is the judge's, not the judge the litigant's. Apply universal suffrage and graded election to the judicial as well as the ecclesiastical functions; suppress the permanent tenure of office, which is an alienation of the electoral right; take away from the State all action, all influence, on the judicial body; let this body, separately centralized in itself, no longer depend on any but the people, — and, in the first place, you will have deprived power of its mightiest instrument of tyranny; you will have made justice a principle of liberty as well as of order. And, unless you suppose that the people, from, whom all powers should spring by universal suffrage, is in contradiction with itself, — that what it wants in religion it does not want in justice, — you are assured that the separation of powers can beget no conflict; you may boldly lay it down as a principle that separation and equilibrium are henceforth



Then Proudhon goes on to the army, the customhouses, the public departments of agriculture and commerce, public works, public education, and finance; for each of these administrations he demands independence and centralization on the basis of general suffrage.

That a nation may manifest itself in its unity, it must be centralized in its religion, centralized in its justice, centralized in its army, centralized in its agriculture, industry, and commerce, centralized in its — finances, — in a word, centralized in all its functions and faculties; the centralization must work from the bottom to the top, from the circumference to the centre; all functions must be independent and severally self-governing.

"Would you then make this invisible unity perceptible by a special organ, preserve the image of the old government? Group these different administrations by their heads; you have your cabinet, your executive, which can then very well do without a Council of State.

"Set up above all this a grand jury, legislature, or national assembly, appointed directly by the whole country, and charged not with appointing the cabinet officers, — they have their investiture from their particular constituents, — but with auditing the accounts, making the laws, settling the budget, deciding controversies between the administrations, all after having heard the reports of the Public Department, or


Department of the Interior, to which the whole government will thenceforth be reduced; and you will have a centralization the stronger the more you multiply its foci, a responsibility the more real the more clear-cut is the separation between the powers; you have a constitution at once political and social."*


I. Since Proudhon sanctions only the one legal norm that contracts must be kept, he can approve only one legal relation, that between contracting parties. Hence he must necessarily reject property as well as the State, since it is established by particular legal norms, and, as an involuntary legal relation, binds even such as have in no way entered into a contract And he does reject property absolutely, without any spatial or temporal limitation; nay, it even appears to him to be a legal relation which is particularly repugnant to justice.

"According to its definition, property is the right of using and abusing; that is to say, it is the absolute, irresponsible domain of man over his person and his goods. If property ceased to be the right to abuse, it would cease to be property. Has not the proprietor the right to give his goods to whomever he


will, to let his neighbor burn without crying fire, to oppose the public good, to squander his patrimony, to exploit the laborer and hold him to ransom, to produce bad goods and sell them badly? Can he be judicially constrained to use his property well? can he be disturbed in the abuse of it? What am I saying? Is not property, precisely because it is full of abuse, the most sacred thing in the world for the legislator? Can one conceive of a property whose use the police power should determine, whose abuse it should repress? Is it not clear, in fine, that if one undertook to introduce justice into property, one would destroy property, just as the law, by introducing propriety into concubinage, destroyed concubinage?"*

"Men steal: first, by violence on the highway; "second, alone or in a band; third, by burglary; fourth, by embezzlement; fifth, by fraudulent bankruptcy; sixth, by forgery; seventh, by counterfeiting. Eighth, by pocket-picking; ninth, by swindling; tenth, by breach of trust; eleventh, by gambling and lotteries. — Twelfth, by usury. Thirteenth, by renttaking. — Fourteenth, by commerce, when the profits are more than fair wages for the trader's work. — Fifteenth, by selling one's own product at a profit, and by accepting a sinecure or a fat salary." "In theft such as the laws forbid, force and fraud are employed alone and openly; in authorized theft they are disguised under a produced utility, which they use as a device for plundering their victim. The direct use of violence and force was early and unanimously


rejected; no nation has yet reached the point of delivering itself from theft when united with talent, labor, and possession."* In this sense property is "theft," "the exploitation of the weak by the strong," "contrary to right,"§ "the suicide of society."

II. Justice demands, in place of property, a distribution of goods based on the legal norm that contracts must be lived up to.

Proudhon calls that portion of goods which is assigned to the individual by contract, "property." In 1840 he had demanded that individual possession be substituted for property; with this one change evil would disappear from the earth. But in 1841 he is already explaining that by property he means only its abuses;** nay, he even then describes as necessary the creation of an immediately applicable social system in which the rights of barter and sale, of direct and collateral inheritance, of primogeniture and bequest, should find their place.†† In 1846 he says, "Some day transformed property will be an idea positive, complete, social, and true; a property which will abolish the old property and will become equally effective and beneficent for all."‡‡ In 1848 he is declaring that " property, as to its principle or substance, which is human personality, must never perish; it must remain in man's heart as a perpetual stimulus to labor, as the antagonist whose absence would cause labor to fall into idleness and death."§§

And in 1850 he announces: "What I sought for


as far back as 1840, in defining property, what I am wanting now, is not a destruction; I have said it till I am tired. That would have been to fall with Rousseau, Plato, Louis Blanc himself, and all the adversaries of property, into Communism, against which I protest with all my might; what I ask for property is a Balance,"* — that is, "justice."

In all these pronouncements property means nothing else than that portion of goods which falls to the individual on the basis of contracts, on which society is to be built up. The property which Proudhon sanctions cannot be a special legal relation, but only a possible part of the substance of the one legal relation which he approves, the relation of contract. It can afford no protection against a group of men whose extent is determined by legal norms, but only against a group of men who have mutually secured a certain portion of goods to each other by contract. Proudhon, therefore, is here using the word "property" in an inexact sense; in the strict sense it can denote only a portion of goods set apart in an involuntary legal relation by particular legal norms.

Accordingly, when in the name of justice Proudhon demands a certain distribution of property, this means nothing more than that the contracts on which society is to be built should make a certain sort of provision with respect to the distribution of goods. And the way in which they should determine it is this: that every man is to have the product of his labor.


"Let us conceive of wealth as a mass whose elements are held together permanently by a chemical force, and into which new elements incessantly enter and combine in different proportions, but according to a definite law: value is the proportion (the measure) in which each of these elements forms a part of the whole."* "I suppose, therefore, a force which Combines the elements of wealth in definite proportions and makes of them a homogeneous whole." "This force is Labor. It is labor, labor alone, that produces all the elements of wealth and combines them, to the last molecule, according to a variable but definite law of proportionality." "Every product is a representative sign of labor."§

"Every product can consequently be exchanged for another."38 "If then the tailor, in return for furnishing the value of one day of his work, consumes ten times the weaver's day, it is as if the weaver gave ten days of his life for one day of the tailor's. This is precisely what occurs when a peasant pays a lawyer twelve francs for a document that it costs one hour to flraw up; and this inequality, this iniquity in exchange, is the mightiest cause of poverty. Every error in commutative justice is an immolation of the laborer, a transfusion of a man's blood into another ian's body."

"What I demand with respect to property is a BALANCE. It is not for nothing that the genius of nations has equipped Justice with this instrument of


precision. Justice applied to economy is in fact nothing but a perpetual balance; or, to express myself still more precisely, justice as regards the distribution of goods is nothing but the obligation which rests upon every citizen and every State, in their business relations, to conform to that law of equilibrium which manifests itself everywhere in economy, and whose violation, accidental or voluntary, is the fundamental principle of poverty."*

2. That every man should enjoy the product of his labor is possible only through reciprocity, according to Proudhon; therefore he calls his doctrine "the theory of mutuality or of the mutuum." "RECIPROCITY is expressed in the precept 'Do to others what you would have done to you,' a precept which political economy has translated into its celebrated formula, 'Products exchange for products.' Now the evil which is devouring us results from the fact that the law of reciprocity is unrecognized, violated. The remedy consists altogether in the promulgation of this law. The organization of our mutual and reciprocal relations is the whole of social science."

And so Proudhon, in the solemn declaration which he prefixed to the constitution of the People's Bank when he first published it, gives the following assurance: "I protest that in criticising property, or rather the whole body of institutions of which property is the pivot, I never meant either to attack the individual rights recognized by previous laws, or to


dispute the legitimacy of acquired possessions, or to instigate an arbitrary distribution of goods, or to put an obstacle in the way of the free and regular acquisition of properties by bargain and sale; or even to prohibit or suppress by sovereign decree land-rent and interest on capital. I think that all these manifestations of human activity should remain free and optional for all; I would admit no other modifications, restrictions, or suppressions of them than naturally and necessarily result from the universalization of the principle of reciprocity and of the law of synthesis which I propound. This is my last will and testament. I allow only him to suspect its sincerity, who could tell a lie in the moment of death."*


The change which justice calls for is to come about in this way, that those men who have recognized the truth are to convince others how necessary the change is for the sake of justice, and that herby, spontaneously, law is to transform itself, the State and property to drop away, and the new condition to appear. The new condition will appear "as soon as the idea is popularized;" that it may appear, we must "popularize the idea."

I. Nothing is requisite but to convince men that justice demands the change.

1. Proudhon rejects all other methods. His doctrine is "in accord with the constitution and the laws." "Accomplish the Revolution, they say, and


after this everything will be cleared up. As if the Revolution itself could be accomplished without a leading idea!"* "To secure justice to one's self by bloodshed is an extremity to which the Californians, gathered since yesterday to seek for gold, may be reduced; but may the luck of France preserve us from it!"

"Despite the violence which we witness, I do not believe that hereafter liberty will need to use force to claim its rights and avenge its wrongs. Reason will serve us better; and patience, like the Revolution, is invincible."

2. But how shall we convince men, "how popularize the idea, if the bourgeoisie remains hostile; if the populace, brutalized by servitude, full of prejudices and bad instincts, remains plunged in indifference; if the professors, the academicians, the press, are calumniating you; if the courts are truculent; if the powers that be muffle your voice? Don't worry. Just as the lack of ideas makes one lose the most promising games, war against ideas can only push forward the Revolution. Do you not see already that the régime of authority, of inequality, of predestination, of eternal salvation, and of reasons of State, is daily becoming still more intolerable for the well-to-do classes, whose conscience and reason it tortures, than for the mass, whose stomach cries out against it? "§


3. The most effective means for convincing men, according to Proudhon, is to present to the people, within the State and without violating its law, "an example of centralization spontaneous, independent, and social," thus applying even now the principles of the future constitution of society.* "Rouse that collective action without which the condition of the people will forever be unhappy and its efforts powerless. Teach it to produce wealth and order with its own hands, without the help of the authorities. "

Proudhon sought to give such an example by the founding of the People's Bank.

The People's Bank was to "insure work and prosperity to all producers by organizing them as beginning and end of production with regard to one another,—that is, as capitalists and as consumers."§

"The People's Bank was to be the property of all the citizens who accepted its services, who for this purpose furnished money to it if they thought that it could not yet for some time do without a metallic basis, and who, in every case, promised it their preference in discounting paper, and received its notes as cash. Accordingly the People's Bank, working for the profit of its customers themselves, had no occasion to take interest for its loans nor to charge a discount on commercial paper; it had only to take a very slight allowance to cover salaries and expenses. So credit was GRATUITOUS! — The principle being realized, the consequences unfolded themselves ad infinitum.

"So the People's Bank, giving an example of pop-


ular initiative alike in government and in public economy, which thenceforth were to be identified in a single synthesis, was becoming for the prolétariat at once the principle and the instrument of their emancipation; it was creating political and industrial liberty. And, as every philosophy and every religion is the metaphysical or symbolic expression of social economy, the People's Bank, changing the material basis of society, was ushering in the revolution of philosophy and religion; it was thus, at least, that its founders had conceived of it."*

All this can best be made clear by reproducing some provisions from the constitution of the People's Bank.

Art. 1. By these presents a commercial company is founded under the name of Societé de la Banque du Peuple, consisting of Citizen Proudhon, here present, and the persons who shall give their assent to this constitution by becoming stockholders.

Art. 3. ... For the present the company will exist as a partnership in which Citizen Proudhon shall be general partner, and the other parties concerned shall be limited partners who shall in no case be responsible for more than the value of their shares.

Art. 5... The firm name shall be P. J. Proudhon & Co.

Art. 6. Besides the members of the company proper, every citizen is invited to form a part of the People's Bank as a co-operator. For this it suffices to assent to the bank's constitution and to accept its paper.

Art. 7. The People's Bank Company being capable of indefinite extension, its virtual duration is endless. However, to conform to the requirements of the law, it fixes its duration at ninety-nine years, which shall commence on the day of its definitive organization.

Art. 9... The People's Bank, having as its basis the essential gratuitousness of credit and exchange, as its object the circulation, not the production, of values, and as its means the


mutual consent of producers and consumers, can and should work without capital.

This end will be reached when the entire mass of producers and consumers shall have assented to the constitution of the company.

Till then the People's Bank Company, having to conform to established custom and the requirements of law, and especially in order more effectively to invite citizens to join it, will provide itself with capital.

Art. 10. The capital of the People's Bank shall be five million francs, divided into shares of five francs each. ... The company shall be definitively organized, and its business shall begin, when ten thousand shares are taken.

Art. 12. Stock shall be issued only at par. It shall bear no interest.

Art. 15. The principal businesses of the People's Bank are, 1, to increase its cash on hand by issuing notes; 2, discounting endorsed commercial paper; 3, discounting accepted orders(commandes) and bills (factures); 4, loans on personal property; 5, loans on personal security; 6, advances on annuities and collateral security; 7, payments and collections; 8, advances to productive and industrial enterprises (la commande).

To these departments the People's Bank will add: 9, the functions of a savings bank and endowment insurance; 10, insurance; 11, safe deposit vaults; 12, the service of the budget.*

Art. 18. In distinction from ordinary bank notes, payable in specie to some one's order, the paper of the People's Bank is an order for goods, vested with a social character, rendered perpetual, and is payable at sight by every stockholder and co-operator in the products or services of his industry or profession.

Art. 21. Every co-operator agrees to trade by preference, for all goods which the company can offer him, with the co-operators of the bank, and to reserve his orders exclusively for his fellow stockholders and fellow co-operators.

In return, every producer or tradesman co-operating with the bank agrees to furnish his goods to the other co-operators at a reduced price.

Art. 62. The People's Bank has its headquarters in Paris.


Its aim is, in the course of time, to establish a branch in every arrondissement and a correspondent in every commune.

Art. 63. As soon as circumstances permit, the present company shall be converted into a corporation, since this form allows us to realize, according to the wish of the founders, the threefold principle, first, of election; second, of the separation and the independence of the branches of work; third, of the personal responsibility of every employee.*

II. If once men are convinced that justice commands the change, then will "despotism fall of itself by its very uselessness." The State and property disappear, law is transformed, and the new condition of things begins.

"The Revolution does not act after the fashion of the old governmental, aristocratic, or dynastic principle. It is Right, the balance of forces, equality. It has no conquests to pursue, no nations to reduce to servitude, no frontiers to defend, no fortresses to build, no armies to feed, no laurels to pluck, no preponderance to maintain. The might of its economic institutions, the gratuitousness of its credit, the brilliancy of its thought, are its sufficient means for converting the universe." "The Revolution has for allies all who suffer oppression and exploitation; let it appear, and the universe stretches its arms to it."§

"I want the peaceable revolution. I want you to make the very institutions which I charge you to abolish, and the principles of law which you will have to complete, serve toward the realization of my wishes, so that the new society shall appear as the spontaneous, natural, and necessary development of the old, and that the Revolution, while abrogating the old


order of things, shall nevertheless be the progress of that order."* "When the people, once enlightened regarding its true interests, declares its will not to reform the government but to revolutionize society,"† then "the dissolution of government in the economic organism" will follow in a way about which one can at present only make guesses.§

* Proudhon "Proprété" p. 295 [212. Bracketed references under Proudhon are to the collected edition of his "Œuvres complètes," Paris, 1880-83. —The passage quoted above is probably the first case in history where anybody called himself an Anarchist, though the word had long been in use as a term of reproach for enemies].

Pr. "Justice" 1. 182-3 [1. 224-5].

* Pr. "Justice" 1. 184-5 [1. 227].

Ib. 1. 73 [132? but there he says must be, not is].

Ib. 1. 185 [1.228].

§ Ib. 1. 195 [1. 235].

Ib. 1. 185 [1.228].

* Pr. "Justice " 1. 195 [1. 235].

lb. 3. 45 (3. 276, but with the bracketed sentence much abridged. For the phrase " rebel against right," remember that in French right and common law are one and the same word].

Pr. "Propriété" p. 18 [24-5].

* Pr. "Idée" 147-8 [136-71].

Ib. 149 [138].

* Pr. "ldée" pp. 149-50 [138].

Pr. "Principe" p. 64 [44].

Pr. "ldée" p. 235 [215].

§ Pr. "Principe" p. 64 [44].

Pr. "ldée" p. 343 [312].

* Pr. "Idée" pp. 342-3 [311-12].

* Pr. "Confessions" p. 8 [29].

lb. p. 6 [23].

Pr. "Propriété" p. 301 [216].

§ lb. pp. 298-9 [214].

Pr. "Solution" p. 54 [39].

* Pr. "Confessions" p. 7 [24].

lb. p. 7 [25-6].

Pr. "Propriété" p. 301 [216], "Confessions" p. 68 [192], "Solution" p. 119 [87].

§ Pr. "Principe" p. 67 [46]. —Proudhon's teaching was not as asserted by Diehl vol. 2 p. 116, vol. 3 pp. 166-7, and Zenker p. 61 Anarchism till 1852 and Federalism thenceforward: his Anarchism was Federalism from the start, only he later gave it the additional name of Federalism.

Pr. "Propriété" pp X1X-XX [10-11]

* Pr. "Idée" pp. 255-6 [215-16].

* Pr. "Solution" p. 119 [87].

Pr. Propriété pp. 301-3 [216].

* Pr. "Confessions" p. 65 [180-3 bracketed words a paraphrase.]

* Pr. "Confessions" pp. 65-6 [183-4, except bracketed words].

Ib. pp. 66-8 [185-9].

* Pr. "Confessions" p. 68 [191-2].

Pfau pp. 227-31, Adler, p. 372, Zenker pp. 26 41, fail to see this, being influenced by the improper sense in which Proudhon uses the word "property" for a contractually guaranteed share of goods. [Eltzbacher's statement, on the other hand, is not so much drawn from Proudhon himself as deduced from a comparison of Eltzbacher's definition of property with the statement that Proudhon admits no law but the law of contract. I do not think this last statement is correct: I think Proudhon would have his voluntary contractual associations protect their members in certain definable respects — among others, in the possession of goods — against those who stood outside the contract as well as against those within. Then this would be by Eltzbacher's definitions, both law and property.]

* Pr. "Contradictions" 2. 303-4 [2. 287-8].

Pr. "Propriété" pp. 285-90 [205-9].

* Pr. "Propriété" p 293 [211].

lb. pp. 1-2 [13].

lb. p. 283 [204].

§ lb. p. 3ll [223].

lb. p. 311 [223].

Ib. p. 311 [223].

** lb. pp. XVIII-XIX [10: consult the passage].

†† lb. pp. XIX-XX [11].

‡‡ Pr. "Contradictions. 2. 234-5 [2. 184].

§§ Pr. "Droit" p. 50 [230].

* Pr. "Justice" 1. 302-3 [1. 824-5].

Ib. 303 [1.325].

Pr. "ldée" p. 235 [215].; "Principe" p. 64 [44].

* Pr. "Contradictions" 1. 51 [1. 74].

*dagger; Ib. 1. 53 [1. 75].

Ib. 1. 55 [l. 76-7].

§ Ib. 1. 68. [1. 87].

Ib. 1. 68 [1. 87].

Ib. 1. 83 [1. 98-9].

* Pr. "Justice" 1. 302-3 [1. 325].

Pr. "Contradictions" 2. 528 [2. 414].

Pr. "Organisation" p. 5. [93].

* Pr. "Banque", pp. 3-4 [260].

Pr, "Justice" 1.515 [2. 133].

Ib. 1.15 [2.133].

§Pr. "Confessions" p. 71 [201].

* Pr. "Justice" 1, 515 [2. 133. Eltzbacher finds the sense "all will be enlightened" where I translate "everything will be cleared up." Eltzbacher's view of the sense—that to those who say "Enlightenment must come by the Revolution" Proudhon replies, "No, the Revolution must come by enlightenment"—correctly gives the thought brought out in the context].

Pr. "Justice" 1. 466 [2. 90].

lb. 1. 470-71 [2. 94].

§ lb. 1. 515 [2. 133-4].

*Pr. "Confessions" p. 69 [196].

lb. p.72 [203].

Ib. p. 69 [196].

§ lb.p.69 [196].

Ib. pp. 69-70 [197].

*Pr. "Confessions" p. 70 [197-8].

* [French dictionaries leave us somewhat in the lurch as to commercial usages which differ from the English. Eltzhacher translates 8, "investment as silent partner"; 12, "balancing accounts."]

* Pr. "Banque" pp. 5-20 [261-77].

Pr. "Confessions" p. 72 [202-3].

Pr. "Justice" 1. 509 [2. 128-9].

§ lb. 1. 510 [2. 129].

* Pr. "Idée" pp.196-7 [181].

Ib. 197 [181].

Ib. p.277 [253].

§ Ib. pp.195, 197 [180-81].




1. Johann Kaspar Schmidt was born in 1806, at Bayreuth in Bavaria. He studied philosophy and theology at Berlin from 1826 to 1828, at Erlangen from 1828 to 1829. In 1829 he interrupted his studies, made a prolonged tour through Germany, and then lived alternately at Koenigsberg and Kulm till 1832. From 1832 to 1834 he studied at Berlin again; in 1835 he passed his tests there as Gymnasi- alkhrer. He received no government appointment, however, and in 1839 became teacher in a young ladies' seminary in Berlin. He gave up this place in 1844, but continued to live in Berlin, and died there in 1856.

In part under the pseudonym Max Stirner, in part anonymously, Schmidt published a small number of works, mostly of a philosophical nature.

2. Stirner's teaching about law, the State, and property is contained chiefly in his book " Der Ein- siffc und sein Eigentum " (1845).

—But here arises the question, Can we speak of such a thing as a " teaching " of Stirner's?

Stirner recognizes no ought. " Men are such as they should be—can be. What should they be? Surely not more than they can be! And what can they be? Not more, again, than they—can, i. e.

than they have the ability, the strength, to be."* " A man is ' called ' to nothing, and has no ' proper business,' no ' function,' as little as a plant or beast has a ' vocation.' He has not a vocation; but he has powers, which express themselves where they are, because their being consists only in their expression, and which can remain idle as little as life, which would no longer be life if it ' stood still' but for a second. Now one might cry to man, ' Use your power.' But this imperative would be given the meaning that it was man's proper business to use his power. It is not so. Rather, every one really does use his power, without first regarding this as his vocation; every one uses in every moment as much power as he possesses."

Nay, Stirner acknowledges no such thing as truth. " Truths are phrases, ways of speaking, words (logos); brought into connection, or arranged by ranks and files, they form logic, science, philosophy." " Nor is there a truth,—not right, not liberty, humanity, etc.,—which could subsist before me, and to which I would submit."§ " If there is a single truth to which man must consecrate his life and his powers because he is man, then he is subjected to a rule, dominion, law, etc.; he is a man in service."|| " As long as you believe in truth, you do not believe in yourself; you are a—servant, a—religious man. You alone

*Stirner p. 439. [The page numbers of Stirner's first edition, here cited, agree almost exactly with those of the English translation under the title "____ and His Own." Any passage quoted here will in general be English translation either on the page whose number is given ______ page ; for the early pages, subtract two or three from

are truth; or rather, you are more than truth, which is nothing at all before you."*

If one chose to draw the extreme inference from this, Stirner's book would be only a self-avowal, an expression of thoughts without any claim to general validity; in it Stirner would not be informing us what he thinks to be true, or what in his opinion we ought to do, but only giving us an opportunity to observe the play of his ideas. Stirner did not draw this inference, and one should not let the style of the book, which speaks mostly of Stirner's " I," lead him to think that Stirner did draw it. He calls that man " blinded, who wants to be only ' Man '."J He takes the floor against " the erroneous consciousness of not being able to entitle myself to as much as I want."§ He mocks at our grandmothers' belief in ghosts. He declares that " penalty must make room for satisfaction, "that man" should defend himself against man."** And he asserts that " over the door of our time stands not Apollo's ' Know thyself,' but a ' Turn yourself to account!' "So Stirner intends not only to give us information about his inward condition at the time he composed his book, but to tell us what he thinks to be true and what we ought to do; his book is not a mere self-avowal, but a scientific teaching.

3. Stirner does not call his teaching about law, the State, and property " Anarchism." He prefers to use the epithet '' anarchic " to designate political liberalism, which he combats.


According to Stirner the supreme law for each one of us is his own welfare.

What does one's own welfare mean? " Let us seek out the enjoyment of life! "* " Henceforth the question is not how one can acquire life, but how he can expend it, enjoy it; not how one is to produce in himself the true ego, but how he is to dissolve himself, to live himself out." " If the enjoyment of life is to triumph over the longing or hope for life, it must overcome it in its double significance which Schiller brings out in ' The Ideal and Life'; it must crush spiritual and temporal poverty, abolish the ideal and —the want of daily bread. He who must lay out his life in prolonging life cannot enjoy it, and he who is still seeking his life does not have it, and can as little enjoy it; both are poor."

Our own welfare is our supreme law. Stirner recognizes no duty.§ " Whether what I think and do is Christian, what do I care? Whether it is human, humane, liberal, or unhuman, inhumane, illiberal, what do I ask about that? If only it aims at what I would have, if only I satisfy myself in it, then fit it with predicates as you like; it is all one to me."|| "So then my relation to the world is this: I no longer do anything for it ' for God's sake', I do nothing ' for man's sake ', but what I do I do ' for my sake '." "Where the world comes in my way—and it comes in my way everywhere—I devour it to appease the hun-

ger of my egoism. You are to me nothing but—my food, just as I also am fed upon and used up by you. We have only one relation to each other, that of utility, of usableness, of use."* " I too love men, not merely individuals, but every one. But I love them with the consciousness of egoism; I love them because love makes me happy, I love because love is natural to me, because it pleases me. I know no ' commandment of love'."


I. Looking to each one's own welfare, Stirner rejects law, and that without any limitation to particular spatial or temporal conditions.

Law exists not by the individual's recognizing it as favorable to his interests, but by his holding it sacred. " Who can ask about 'right' if he is not occupying the religious standpoint just like other people? Is not 'right' a religious concept, i. e. something sacred?"§ "When the Revolution stamped

* Stirner p. 395. t Ib. p. 387.

t [To understand some of the following citations it is necessary to remember that in German " law " (in the sense of common law, or including this) and " right" are one and the same word.—While it is probably not, fair to say that these assaults of Stirner are directed only against some laws, it does seem fair to say that they deny to the laws only some sorts of validity. We have very little material for compiling the constructive side of Stirner's teaching, for he avoided specifying what things the Egoists or their unions were to do in his future social order; he said explicitly that the only way to know what a slave will do when he breaks his fetters is to wait and see. But, while he may nowhere have stated a law which is to obtain in the good time coming, neither has he said anything which authorizes us to declare that none of his unions will ever make laws on such a basis as (for instance) the rules of the Stock Exchange. On page 114 below is quoted a passage where he distinctly and approvingly contemplates the possibility that a union of his followers may fix a minimum wage, and may threaten violence to any person who consents to work below the scale. This would be law, and might easily be the germ of a State. On pages 108 and 109 are quoted passages which strongly suggest that the Egoistic union would undertake to defend its member against all interference with his possession of certain goods; this would be both law and property.]

liberty as a 'right' it took refuge in the religious sphere, in the region of the sacred, the ideal."* I am to revere the sultan ic law in a sultanate, the popular law in republics, the canon law in Catholic communities, etc. I am to subordinate myself to these laws, I am to count them sacred, " "The law is sacred, and he who outrages it is a criminal." "There are no criminals except against something sacred "; § crime falls when the sacred disappears. || Punishment has a meaning only in relation to something sacred.^ " What does the priest who admonishes the criminal do? He sets forth to him the great wrong of having by his act desecrated that which was hallowed by the State, its property (in which, you will see, the lives of those who belong to the State must be included)."**

But law is no more sacred than it is favorable to the individual's welfare. " Right—is a delusion, bestowed by a ghost. "Men have " not recovered the mastery over the thought of ' right,' which-they themselves created; their creature is running away with them." "Let the individual man claim ever so many rights; what do I care for his right and his claim?"§§ I do not respect them.—" What you have the might to be you have the right to be. I deduce all right and all entitlement from myself; I am entitled to everything that I have might over. I am entitled to overthrow Zeus, Jehovah, God, etc., if I can; if I cannot, then these gods will always remain in the right and in the might as against me."|| ||

" Right crumbles into its nothingness when it is swallowed up by force,"* " but with the concept the word too loses its meaning." "The people will perhaps be against the blasphemer; hence a law against blasphemy. Shall I therefore not blaspheme? Is this law to be more to me than an order? " " He who has might ' stands above the law '."§ " The earth belongs to him who knows how to take it, or who does not let it be taken from him, does not let himself be deprived of it. If he appropriates it, then not merely the earth, but also the right to it, belongs to him. This is egoistic right; i. e., it suits me, therefore it is right." ||

II. Self-welfare commands that in future it itself should be men's rule of action in place of the law.

Each of us is " unique," "a world's history for himself,"** and, when he "knows himself as unique," he is a " self-owner." " God and mankind have made nothing their object, nothing but themselves. Let me then likewise make myself my object, who am, as well as God, the nothing of all else, who am my all, who am the Unique."§§ " Away then with every business that is not altogether my business! You think at least the ' good cause ' must be my business? What good, what bad? Why, I myself am my business, and I am neither good nor bad. Neither has meaning for me. What is divine is God's business, what is human ' Man's.' My business is neither what is divine nor what is human, it is

*[The German idiom ~for " it suits me " is " it is right to me "].

not what is true, good, right, free, etc., but only what is mine; and it is no general business, but is—unique, as I am unique. Nothing is more to me than myself! "*

" What a difference between freedom and self- ownership! I am free from what I am rid of; I am owner of what I have in my power." " My freedom becomes complete only when it is my—might; but by this I cease to be a mere freeman and become a self- owner." " Each must say to himself, I am all to myself and I do all for my sake. If it ever became clear to you that God, the commandments, etc., do you only harm, that they encroach on you and ruin you, you would certainly cast them from you just as the Christians once condemned Apollo or Minerva or heathen morality." § " How one acts only from himself, and asks no questions about anything further, the Christians have made concrete in the idea of ' God.' He acts ' as pleases him'."||

" Might is a fine thing and useful for many things; for ' one gets farther with a handful of might than with a bagful of right.' You long for freedom? You fools! If you took might, freedom would come of itself. See, he who has might ' stands above the law.' How does this prospect taste to you, you ' law- abiding ' people? But you have no taste! "


I. Together with law Stirner necessarily has to reject also, just as unconditionally, the legal institution

which is called State. Without law the State is not possible. " ' Respect for the statutes!' By this cement the whole fabric of the State is held together."*

The State as well as the law, then, exists, not by the individual's recognizing it as favorable to his welfare, but rather by his counting it sacred, by " our being entangled in the error that it is an I, as which it applies to itself the name of a ' moral, mystical, or political person.' I, who really am I, must pull off this lion's skin of the I from the parading thistle- eater." The same holds good of the State as of the family. " If each one who belongs to the family is to recognize and maintain that family in its permanent existence, then to each the tie of blood must be sacred, and his feeling for it must be that of family piety, of respect for the ties of blood, whereby every blood- relative becomes hallowed to him. So, also, to every member of the State-community this community must be sacred, and the concept which is supreme to the State must be supreme to him too. "The State is " not only entitled, but compelled, to demand " this.§

But the State is not sacred. " The State's behavior is violence, and it calls its violence ' law', but that of the individual ' crime '."|| If I do not do what it wishes, " then the State turns against me with all the force of its lion-paws and eagle-talons; for it is the king of beasts, it is lion and eagle." " Even if you do overpower your opponent as a power, it does not follow that you are to him a hallowed authority, un-

less he is a degenerate. He does not owe you respect, and reverence, even if he will be wary of your might."*

Nor is the State favorable to the individual's welfare. " I am the mortal enemy of the State." " The general welfare as such is not my welfare, but only the extremity of self-denial. The general welfare may exult aloud while I must lie like a hushed dog; the State may be in splendor while I starve." " Every State is a despotism, whether the despot be one or many, or whether, as people usually conceive to be the case in a republic, all are masters, i. e. each tyrannizes over the others."§ " Doubtless the State leaves the individuals as free play as possible, only they must not turn the play to earnest, must not forget it. The State has never any object but to limit the individual, to tame him, to subordinate him, to subject him to something general; it lasts only so long as the individual is not all in all, and is only the clear-cut limitation of me, my limitedness, my slavery."||

" A State never aims to bring about the free activity of individuals, but only that activity which is bound to the State's purpose." " The State seeks to hinder every free activity by its censorship, its oversight, its police, and counts this hindering as its duty, because it is in truth a duty of self-preservation."** " I am not allowed to do all the work I can, but only so much as the State permits; I must not turn my thoughts to account, nor my work, nor, in general,

anything that is mine."* " Pauperism is the valuelessness of Me, the phenomenon of my being unable to turn myself to account. Therefore State and pauperism are one and the same. The State does not let me attain my value, and exists only by my valuelessness; its goal is always to get some benefit out of me, i. e. to exploit me, to use me up, even if this using consisted only in my providing a proles (proletariat); it wants me to be ' its creature'."

" The State cannot brook man's standing in a direct relation to man; it must come between as a— mediator, it must—intervene. It tears man from man, to put itself as ' spirit' in the middle. The laborers who demand a higher wage are treated as criminals so soon as they want to get it by compulsion. What are they to do? Without compulsion they don't get it, and in compulsion the State sees a self-help, a price fixed by the ego, a real, free turning to account of one's property, which it cannot permit. "

II. Every man's own welfare demands that a social human life solely on the basis of its precepts should I take the place of the State. Stirner calls this sort of social life "the union of egoists."§

1. Even after the State is abolished men are to live together in society. " Self-owners will fight for the unity which is their own will, for union."|| But what is to keep men together in the union?

Not a promise, at any rate. " If I were bound to-day and hereafter to my will of yesterday," my will

would " be benumbed. My creature, viz., a particular expression of will, would have become my dominator. Because I was a fool yesterday I must remain such all my life."* "The union is my own creation, my creature, not sacred, not a spiritual power above my spirit, as little as any association of whatever sort. As I am not willing to be a slave to my maxims, but lay them bare to my constant criticism without any warrant, and admit no bail whatever for their continuance, so still less do I pledge myself to the union for my future and swear away my soul to it as men are said to do with the devil, and as is really the case with the State and all intellectual authority; but I am and remain more to myself than State, Church, God, and the like, and, consequently, also infinitely more than the union."

Rather, men are to be held together in the union by the advantage which each individual has from the union at every moment. If I can " use " my fellowmen, " then I am likely to come to an understanding and unite myself with them, in order to strengthen my power by the agreement, and to do more by joint force than individual force could accomplish. In this joinder I see nothing at all else than a multiplication of my strength, and only so long as it is my multiplied strength do I retain it."

Hence the union is something quite different from "that society which Communism means to found."§ " You bring into the union your whole power, your ability, and assert yourself; in society you with your labor-strength are spent. In the former you live ego-

istically, in the latter humanly, i. e. religiously, as a ' member in the body of this Lord '. You owe to society what you have, and are in duty bound to it, are—possessed by ' social duties'; you utilize the union, and, undutiful and unfaithful, give it up when you are no longer able to get any use out of it. If society is more than you, then it is of more consequence to you than yourself; the union is only your tool, or the sword with which you sharpen and enlarge your natural strength; the union exists for you and by you, society contrariwise claims you for itself and exists even without you ; in short, society is sacred, the union is your own ; society uses you up, you use up the union."*

2. But what form may such a social life take in detail? In reply to his critic, Moses Hess, Stirner gives some examples of unions that already exist.

" Perhaps at this moment children are running together under his window for a comradeship of play ; let him look at them, and he will espy merry egoistic unions. Perhaps Hess has a friend or a sweetheart; then he may know how heart joins itself to heart, how two of them unite egoistically in order to have the enjoyment of each other, and how neither ' gets the worst of the bargain.' Perhaps he meets a few pleasant acquaintances on the street and is invited to accompany them into a wine-shop; does he go with them in order to do an act of kindness to them, or does he ' unite' with them because he promises himself enjoyment from it? Do they have to give him their best thanks for his ' self-sacrifice ', or do they

know that for an hour they formed an ' egoistic union ' together?"* Stirner even thinks of a " German Union."


I. Together with law Stirner necessarily has to reject also, and just as unconditionally, the legal institution of property. This " lives by grace of the law. It has its guarantee only in the law; it is not a fact, but a fiction, a thought. This is law-property, legal property, warranted property. It is mine not by me, but by—law."

Property in this sense, as well as the law and the State, is based not on the individual's recognizing it as favorable to his welfare, but on his counting it sacred. " Property in the civil sense means sacred property, in such a way that I must respect your property. ' Have respect for property!' Therefore the political liberals would like every one to have his bit of property, and have in part brought about an incredible parcellation by their efforts in this direction. Every one must have his bone, on which he may find something to bite."§

But property is not sacred. " I do not step timidly back from your property, be you one or many, but look upon it always as my property, in which I have no need to ' respect' anything. Now do the like with what you call my property! " ||

Nor is property favorable to the individual's welfare. " Property, as the civic liberals understand it,

is untenable, because the civic proprietor is really nothing but a propertyless man, a man everywhere excluded. Instead of the world's belonging to him, as it might, there belongs to him not even the paltry point on which he turns around."*

II. Every one's own welfare commands that a distribution of commodities based solely on its precepts should take the place of property. When Stirner designates as " property " the share of commodities assigned to the individual by these precepts, it is in the improper sense in which he constantly uses the word property: in the proper sense only a share of commodities assigned by law can be called property.

Now, according to the decrees of his own welfare, every man should have all that he is powerful enough to obtain.

" What they are not competent to tear from me the power over, that remains my property: all right, then let power decide about property, and I will expect everything *from my power! Alien power, power that I leave to another, makes me a slave; then let own power make me an owner."J " To what property am I entitled? To any to which I—empower myself. I give myself the right of property in taking property to myself, or giving myself the proprietor's power, plenary power, empowerment." § " What I am competent to have is my ' competence.' "|| "The sick, children, the aged, are still competent for a great deal; e. g. to receive their living instead of taking it. If they are

* Zenker fails to recognize this when he asserts (p. 80) that Stirner demands property based on the right of occupation.

competent to control you to the extent of having you desire their continued existence, then they have a power over you."* " What competence the child possesses in its smile, its play, its crying,—in short, in its mere existence! Are you capable of resisting its demand? or do you not hold out to it, as a mother, your breast,—as a father, so much of your belongings as it needs? It puts you under constraint, and therefore possesses what you call yours."

" Property, therefore, should not and cannot be done away with; rather, it must be torn from ghostly hands and become my property; then will the erroneous consciousness that I cannot entitle myself to as much as I want vanish.—' But what cannot a man want? ' Well, he who wants much, and knows how to get it, has in all times taken it to him, as Napoleon did the continent, and the French Algeria. Therefore the only point is just that the respectful ' lower classes' should at length learn to take to themselves what they want. If they reach their hands too far for you, why, defend yourselves." "What 'man' wants does not by any means furnish a scale for me and my needs; for I may have a use for more, or for less. Rather, I must have as much as I am competent to appropriate to myself."§

2. " In this matter, as well as in others, unions will multiply the individual's means and make secure his assailed property."|| "When it is our will no longer to leave the land to the land-owners, but to appropriate it to ourselves, we unite ourselves for this purpose; we form a union, a société, which makes itself owner;

if we are successful, they cease to be land-owners. And, as we chase them out from land and soil, so we can also from many another property, to make it our own, the property of the—conquerors. The conquerors form a society, which one may conceive of as so great that by degrees it embraces all mankind; but so-called mankind is also, as such, only a thought (ghost); its reality is the individuals. And these individuals as a collective mass will deal not less arbitrarily with land and soil than does an isolated individual."*

" What all want to have a share in will be withdrawn from that individual who wants to have it for himself alone; it is made a common possession. As a common possession every one has a share in it, and this share is his property. Just so, even in our old relations, a house which belongs to five heirs is their common possession; but the fifth part of the proceeds is each one's property. The property which for the present is still withheld from us can be better made use of when it is in the hands of us all. Let us therefore associate ourselves for the purpose of this robbery."


According to Stirner the change which every one's own welfare requires is to come about in this way,— that men in sufficient number Jirst undergo an inward change and recognize their own welfare as their highest law, and that these men then bring to pass by force the outward change also: to wit, the abrogation of line, State, and property, and the introduction of the new condition.

I. The first and most important thing is the inward change of men.

" Revolution and insurrection must not be regarded as synonymous. The former consists in an overturning of conditions, of the existing condition or state, the State or society, and so is a political or social act; the latter has indeed a transformation of conditions as its inevitable consequence, but starts not from this but from men's discontent with themselves, is not a lifting of shields but a lifting of individuals, a coming up, without regard to the arrangements that spring from it. The Revolution aimed at new arrangements: the Insurrection leads to no longer having ourselves arranged but arranging ourselves, and sets no brilliant hope on ' institutions.' It is not a fight against the existing order, since, if it prospers, the existing order collapses of itself; it is only a working my way out of the existing order. If I leave the existing order, it is dead and passes into decay. . Now, since my purpose is not the upsetting of an existing order but the lifting of myself above it, my aim and act are not political or social, but, as directed upon myself and my ownness alone, egoistic."*

Why was the founder of Christianity " not a revolutionist, not a demagogue as the Jews would have liked to see him; why was he not a Liberal? Because he expected no salvation from a change of conditions, and this whole business was indifferent to him. He was not a revolutionist, like Caesar for in-

stance, but an insurgent; not an overturner of the State, but one who straightened himself up. He waged no Liberal or political war against the existing authorities, but wanted to go his own way regardless of these authorities and undisturbed by them."*

" Everything sacred is a bond, a fetter. Everything sacred will be, must be, perverted by perverters of law; therefore our present time has such perverters by the quantity in all spheres. They are preparing for the break of the law, for lawlessness." " Regard yourself as more powerful than they allege you to be, and you have more power; regard yourself as more, and you are more."| " The poor become free and proprietors only when they—' rise'."§ Only from egoism can the lower classes get help, and this help they must give to themselves and—will give to themselves. If they do not let themselves be constrained into fear, they are a power." ||

II. Furthermore, in order to bring about the " transformation of conditions " and put the new condition in the place of law, State, and property, violent insurrection against the condition that has hitherto existed is requisite.

1. " The State can be overcome only by a violent arbitrariness."** "The individual's violence [Gewalt] is called crime [Verbrechen], and only by crime does he break [brechen] the State's authority [Gewalt] when he opines that the State is not above him, but he above the State."" Here too the result is that the thinkers' combat against the government is wrong,

viz. in impotence, so far as it cannot bring into the field anything but thoughts against a personal power (the egoistic power stops the mouths of the thinkers). The theoretical combat cannot complete the victory, and the sacred power of thought succumbs to the might of egoism. It is only the egoistic combat, the combat of egoists on both sides, that clears up everything."*

" The property question cannot be solved so gently as the Socialists, even the Communists, dream. It is solved only by the war of all against all." " Let me then retract the might which I have conceded to others out of ignorance regarding the strength of my own might! Let me say to myself, ' Whatever my might reaches to is my property,' and then claim as property all that I feel myself strong enough to attain; and let me make my real property extend as far as I entitle (i. e. empower) myself to take." " In order to extirpate the unpossessing rabble, egoism does not say, ' Wait and see what the Board of Equity will—donate to you in the name of the collectivity ', but ' Put your hand to it and take what you need! '"§

In this combat Stirner agrees to all methods. " I will not draw back with a shudder from any act because there dwells in it a spirit of godlessness, immorality, wrongfulness, as little as St. Boniface was disposed to abstain from chopping down the heathens'

* [But Stirner does not mean that all are to fight against all; they are merely to declare themselves no longer bound by thr obligations of peace, and then those who are able to agree with each other can at once make terms to suit themselves.]

sacred oak on account of religious scruples."* " The power over life and death, which Church and State reserved to themselves, this too I call—mine." " The life of the individual man I rate only at what it is worth. His goods, the material and the spiritual alike, are mine, and I dispose of them as proprietor to the extent of my—might."

2. Stirner depicts for us a single event in this violent transformation of conditions. He assumes that certain men come to realize that they occupy a disproportionately unfavorable position in the State as compared with others who receive the preference.

" Those who are in the unfavorable position take courage to ask the question, ' By what, then, is your property secure, you favored ones? ' and give themselves the answer, ' By our refraining from interference! By our protection, therefore! And what do you give us for it? Kicks and contempt you give the " common people "; police oversight, and a catechism with the chief sentence " Respect what is not yours, what belongs to others! respect others, and especially superiors! " But we reply, " If you want our respect, buy it for a price that shall be acceptable to us." We will leave you your property, if you pay duly for this leaving. With what, indeed, does the general in time of peace pay for the many thousands of his yearly income? or Another for the sheer hundred- thousands and millions? With what do you pay us for chewing potatoes and looking quietly on while you swallow oysters? Only buy the oysters from us as dear as we have to buy the potatoes from you, and

you may go on eating them. Or do you suppose the oysters do not belong to us as much as to you? You will make an outcry about violence if we take hold and help eat them, and you are right. Without violence we do not get them, as you no less have them by doing violence to us.

"' But take the oysters and done with it, and let us come to what is in a closer way our property (for this other is only possession)—to labor. We toil twelve hours in the sweat of our foreheads, and you offer us a few groschen for it. Then take the like for your labor too. We will come to terms all right if only we have first agreed on the point that neither any longer needs to—donate anything to the other. For centuries we have offered you alms in our kindly—stupidity, have given the mite of the poor and rendered to the masters what is—not the masters'; now just open your bags, for henceforth there is a tremendous rise in the price of our ware. We will take nothing away from you, nothing at all, only you shall pay better for what you want to have. What have jou then? " I have an estate of a thousand acres,'' And 1 am jour plowman, and will hereafter do jour plowing only for a thaler a day wages. "Then I'll get another." You will not find one, for we plowmen are no longer doing anything different, and if one presents himself who takes less, let him beware of us.' "




1. Mikhail Alexandrovitch Bakunin was born in 1814 at Pryamukhino, district of Torshok, government of Tver. In 1834 he entered the Artillery School at St. Petersburg; in 1835 he became an officer, but resigned his commission in the same year. He then lived alternately in Pryamukhino and in Moscow.

In 1840 Bakunin left Russia. In the following years revolutionary plans took him now to this part of Europe, now to that; in Paris he associated much with Proudhon. In 1849 he was condemned to death in Saxony, but was pardoned; in 1850 he was handed over to Austria and was condemned to death there also; in 1851 he was handed over to Russia and was there kept a prisoner first at St. Petersburg, then at Schluesselburg; in 1857 he was sent to Siberia.

From Siberia Bakunin escaped to London in 1865, by way of Japan and California. He took up his revolutionary activities again at once, and thereafter lived by turns in the most various parts of Europe. In 1868 he became a member of the Association international des travailleurs, and soon afterward he founded the Alliance Internationale de la démocratie socialiste. In 1869 he came into intimate relations with the fanatic Nechayeff, but broke away from him



in the next year. In 1872 he was expelled from the Association internationale des travailleurs on the ground that his aims were different from those of the Association. He died at Berne in 1876.

Bakunin wrote a number of works of a philosophical and political nature.

2. Bakunin's teaching about law, the State, and property finds its expression especially in the "Proposition motiveé au comité central de la Ligue de la paix et de la liberté"1 offered by him in 1868; in the principles2 of the Alliance Internationale de la démocratic socialiste, drawn up by him in 1868; and in his work "Dieu et l'Etat"3 (1871).

Writings which cannot with certainty be assigned to Bakunin are here disregarded. Among such we may name especially the two works "The Principles of the Revolution "and "Catechism of the Revolution, "4 in which Nechayeff's views are set forth. They are indeed ascribed to Bakunin by some,5 but their matter is in contradiction to his other utterances as well as to his deeds; he even used vehement language on several occasions against Nechayeff's


"Machiavellianism and Jesuitism."7 Even on the assumption that they are by Bakunin, they would at any rate express only a very insignificant chapter in his development.

3. Bakunin designates his teaching about law, the State, and property as "Anarchism.""In a word, we reject all legislation, all authority, all privileged, chartered, official, and legal influence, — even if it were created by universal suffrage, — in the conviction that such things can but redound always to the advantage of a ruling minority of exploiters and to the disadvantage of the vast enslaved majority. In this sense we are in truth Anarchists."8


Bakunin regards the evolutionary law of the progress of mankind from a less perfect existence to the most perfect possible existence as the law which has supreme validity for man.

"Science has no other task than the careful intellectual reproduction, in the most systematic form possible, of the natural laws of corporeal, mental, and moral life, alike in the physical and in the social world, which two worlds constitute in fact only a single natural world. "9

Now "science — that is, true, unselfish science "10 — teaches us the following: "Every evolution signifies the negation of its starting-point. Since according to the materialists the basis or starting-point is material, the negation must necessarily be ideal. "11 That is,


"everything that lives makes the effort to perfect itself as fully as possible."12

Thus, "according to the conception of materialists, man's historical evolution also moves in a constantly ascending line."13 "It is an altogether natural movement from the simple to the compound, from down to up, from the lower to the higher.''14 "History consists in the progressive negation of man's original bestiality by the evolution of his humanity. "15

"Man is originally a wild beast, a cousin of the gorilla. But he has already come out of the deep night of bestial impulses to make his way to the light of the mind. This explains all his former missteps in the most natural way, and comforts us somewhat with regard to his present aberrations. He has turned his back on bestial slavery, and is now moving toward freedom through the realm of slavery to God, which lies between his bestial and his human existence. Behind us, therefore, lies our bestial existence, before us our human ; the light of humanity, which alone can light us and warm us, deliver us and exalt us, make us free, happy, and brothers, stands never at the beginning of history, but always only at its end."16

This "historical negation of the past takes place now slowly, sluggishly, sleepily, but now again passionately and violently."17 It always takes place with the inevitable certainty of natural law: "we believe in the final triumph of humanity on earth."18 "We yearn for the coming of this triumph, and seek to hasten it with united effort "; 19 "we must never look


back, always forward alone; before us is our sun, before us our bliss."20

3.— LAW

I. In the progress of mankind from its bestial existence to a human existence, one of the next steps, according to Bakunin, will be the disappearance — not indeed of law, but — of enacted law.

Enacted law belongs to a low stage of evolution. "A political legislation, whether it is based on a ruler's will or on the votes of representatives chosen by universal suffrage, can never correspond to the laws of nature, and is always baleful, hostile to the liberty of the masses, if only because it forces upon them a system of external and consequently despotic laws."21 No legislation has ever "had another aim than that of confirming, and exalting into a system, the exploitation of the laboring populace by the ruling classes."22 Thus every legislation "has for its consequence at once the enslavement of society and the depravation of the legislators."23

But mankind will soon leave behind it the stage of evolution to which law belongs. Enacted law is indissolubly connected with the State: "the State is a historically necessary evil,"24 "a transitory form of society";25 "with the State, law in the jurists' sense, the so-called legal regulation of popular life from above downward by legislation, must necessarily fall."26 Everybody feels already that this moment is approach-


ing,27 the transformation is at hand,28 it is to be expected within the nineteenth century.29

II. In the next stage of evolution, which mankind must speedily reach, there will be no enacted law to be sure, but there will be law even there. What Bakunin predicts with regard to this next stage of evolution enables us to perceive that according to his expectation norms will then prevail which "are based on a general will,"30 and which even secure obedience by forcible compulsion if necessary, 31 so that they are legal norms.

Among such legal norms of our next stage of evolution Bakunin mentions that by virtue of which there exists a "right to independence."32 For me as an individual this means "that I as a man am entitled to obey no other man, and to act only in accordance with my own judgment."33 But, furthermore, "every nation, every province, and every commune has the unlimited right to complete independence, provided that its internal constitution does not threaten the independence and liberty of the adjoining territories.''34

Likewise Bakunin regards it as a legal norm of the next stage of evolution that contracts must be lived up to. To be sure, the obligation of contracts has its limits. "Human justice cannot recognize anything as creating an obligation in perpetuity. All rights and duties are founded on liberty. The right of freely uniting and separating is the first and most important


of all political rights."35

Another legal norm mentioned by Bakunin as belonging to the next stage of evolution is that by virtue of which "the land, the instruments of labor, and all other capital, as the collective property of the whole of society, will exclusively serve for the use of the agricultural and industrial associations."36


I. In the progress of mankind from its bestial existence to a human existence the State will shortly, according to Bakunin, disappear. "The State is a historically temporary arrangement, a transitory form of society.''37

1. The State belongs to a low stage of evolution. "Man takes the first step from his bestial existence to a human existence by religion; but so long as he remains religious he will never reach his goal; for every religion condemns him to absurdity, guides him into a wrong course, and makes him seek the divine in place of the human. "38 "All religions, with their gods, demigods, and prophets, their Messiahs and saints, are products of the credulous fancy of men who had not yet come to the full development and entire possession of their intellectual powers."39 This holds good also, and particularly, of Christianity : it is "the complete inversion of common-sense and reason."40

The State is a product of religion. "In all lands it is born of a marriage of violence, robbery, spoil-


ation, — in short, of war and conquest, — with the gods whom the religious enthusiasm of the nations had gradually created."41 "He who speaks of revelation speaks thereby of revealers enlightened by God, of Messiahs, prophets, priests, and lawgivers; and, if once these are recognized on earth as representatives of the Deity, as sacred teachers of mankind chosen by God himself, then of course they have unlimited authority. All men owe them blind obedience; for no human reason, no human justice, is valid against the divine reason and justice. As slaves of God, men must be also slaves of the Church, and of the State so far as the Church hallows the State."42

"No State is without religion, and none can be without religion. Take the freest States in the world, — for instance, the United States of America or the Swiss Confederacy, — and see what an important part divine providence plays in all public utterances there."43 "It is not without good reason that governments hold the belief in God to be an essential condition of their power. "44 "There is a class of people who, even if they do not believe, must necessarily act as if they believed. This class embraces all mankind's tormentors, oppressors, and exploiters. Priests, monarchs, statesmen, soldiers, financiers, office-holders of all sorts; policemen, gendarmes, jailers, and executioners; capitalists, usurers, heads of business, and house-owners; lawyers, economists, politicians of all shades, — all of them, down to the smallest grocer, will always repeat in chorus the words of Voltaire, that, if there were no God, it would be necessary to invent


him; 'for must not the populace have its religion? ' It is the very safety-valve."45

2. The characteristics of the State correspond to the low stage of evolution to which it belongs.

The State enslaves the governed. "The State is force; nay, it is the silly parading of force. It does not propose to win love or to make converts; if it puts its finger into anything, it does so only in an unfriendly way; for its essence consists not in persuasion, but in command and compulsion. However much pains it may take, it cannot conceal the fact that it is the legal maimer of our will, the constant negation of our liberty. Even when it commands the good, it makes this valueless by commanding it; for every command slaps liberty in the face; as soon as the good is commanded, it is transformed into the evil in the eyes of true (that is, human, by no means divine) morality, of the dignity, of man, of liberty; for man's liberty, morality, and dignity consist precisely in doing the good not because he is commanded to but because he recognizes it, wills it, and loves it."46

At the same time the State depraves those who govern. "It is characteristic of privilege, and of every privileged position, that they poison the minds and hearts of men. He who is politically or economically privileged has his mind and heart depraved. This is a law of social life, which admits of no exceptions and is applicable to entire nations as well as to classes, corporations, and individuals. It is the law of equality, the foremost of the conditions of liberty and humanity. "47


"Powerful States can maintain themselves only by crime, little States are virtuous only from weakness."48 "We abhor monarchy with all our hearts; but at the same time we are convinced that a great republic too, with army, bureaucracy, and political centralization, will make a business of conquest without and oppression within, and will be incapable of guaranteeing happiness and liberty to its subjects even if it calls them citizens."49 "Even in the purest democracies, such as the United States and Switzerland, a privileged minority faces the vast enslaved majority. "50

3. But the stage of mankind's evolution to which 1 the State belongs will soon be left behind.

"From the beginning of historic society to this day, there has always been oppression of the nations by the State. Is it to be inferred that this oppression is inseparably connected with the existence of human society?"51 Certainly not! "The great, true goal of history, the only one for which there is justification, is our humanization and deliverance, the genuine liberty and prosperity of all socially-living men."52 "In the triumph of humanity is at the same time the goal and the essential meaning of history, and this triumph can be brought about only by liberty."53 "As in the past the State was a historically necessary evil, it must just as necessarily, sooner or later, disappear altogether."54 Everybody feels already that this moment is approaching, 55 the transformation is at hand,56 it is to be expected within the nineteenth



II. In the next stage of evolution, which mankind must speedily reach, the place of the State will be taken by a social human life on the basis of the legal norm that contracts must be lived up to.

1. Even after the State is done away, men will live together socially. The goal of human evolution, "complete humanity,"58 can be attained only in a society. "Man becomes man, and his humanity becomes conscious and real, only in society and by the joint activity of society. He frees himself from the yoke of external nature only by joint — that is, societary — labor: it alone is capable of making the surface of the earth fit for the evolution of mankind; but without such external liberation neither intellectual nor moral liberation is possible. Furthermore, man gets free from the yoke of his own nature only by education and instruction : they alone make it possible for him to subordinate the impulses and motions of his body to the guidance of his more and more developed mind ; but education and instruction are of an exclusively societary nature. Outside of society man would have remained forever a wild beast, or, what comes to about the same thing, a saint. Finally, in his isolation man cannot have the consciousness of liberty. What liberty means for man is that he is recognized as free, and treated as free, by those who surround him ; liberty is not a matter of isolation, therefore, but of mutuality— not of separateness, bnt of combination; for every man it is only the mirroring of his humanity (that is, of his human rights) in the


consciousness of his brothers."59

But men will be held together in society no longer by a supreme authority, but by the legally binding force of contract. Complete humanity can be attained only in a free society. "My liberty, or, what means the same, my human dignity, consists in my being entitled, as man, to obey no other man and to act only on my own judgment."60 "I myself am a free man only so far as I recognize the humanity and liberty of all the men who surround me. In respecting their humanity I respect my own. A cannibal, who treats his prisoner as a wild beast and eats him, is himself not a man, but a beast. A slaveholder is not a man, but a master."61 "The more free men surround me, and the deeper and broader their freedom is, so much deeper, broader, and more powerful is my freedom too. On the other hand, every enslavement of men is at the same time a limitation of my freedom, or, what is the same thing, a negation of my human existence by its bestial existence."62 But a free society cannot be held together by authority, 63 but only by contract.64

2. How will the future society shape itself in detail?

"Unity is the goal toward which mankind ceaselessly moves."65 Therefore men will unite with the utmost amplitude. But "the place of the old organization, built from above downward upon force and authority, will be taken by a new one which has no


other basis than the natural needs, inclinations, and endeavors of men."66 Thus we come to a "free union of individuals into communes, of communes into provinces, of provinces into nations, and finally of nations into the United States of Europe and later of the whole world."67

"Every nation, — be it great or small, strong or weak, — every province, and every commune has the unlimited right to complete independence, provided that its internal constitution does not threaten the independence and liberty of the adjoining territories. "68

"All of what are known as the historic rights of nations are totally done away; all questions regarding natural, political, strategic, and economic boundaries are henceforth to be classed as ancient history and resolutely disallowed. "69

"By the fact that a territory has once belonged to a State, even by a voluntary adhesion, it is in no wise bound to remain always united with this State. Human justice, the only justice that means anything to us, cannot recognize anything as creating an obligation in perpetuity. All rights and duties are founded on liberty. The right of freely uniting and separating is the first and most important of all political rights. Without this right the League would be merely a concealed centralization still."70


I. In the progress of mankind from Its bestial ex-


istence to a human existence, according to Bakunin, we must shortly come to the disappearance — not indeed of property, but — of property's present form, unlimited private property.

1. Private property, so far as it fastens upon all things without distinction, belongs to the same low stage of evolution as the State.

"Private property is at once the consequence and the basis of the State."71 "Every government is necessarily based on exploitation on the one hand, and on the other hand has exploitation for its goal and bestows upon exploitation protection and legality."72 In every State there exist "two kinds of relationship, — to wit, government and exploitation. If really governing means sacrificing one's self for the good of the governed, then indeed the second relationship is in direct contradiction to the first. But let us only understand our point rightly! From the ideal standpoint, be it theological or metaphysical, the good of the masses can of course not mean their temporal welfare: what are a few decades of earthly life in comparison to eternity? Hence one must govern the masses with regard not to this coarse earthly happiness, but to their eternal good. Outward sufferings and privations may even be welcomed from the educator's standpoint, since an excess of sensual enjoyment kills the immortal soul. But now the contradiction disappears. Exploiting and governing mean the same; the one completes the other, and serves as its means and its end."73

2. Private property, when it exists in all things


without distinction, has such characteristics as correspond to the low stage of evolution to which it belongs.

"On the privileged representatives of head-work ( who at present are called to be the representatives of society, not because they have more sense, but only because they were born in the privileged class) such property bestows all the blessings and also all the debasement of our civilization: wealth, luxury, profuse expenditure, comfort, the pleasures of family life, the exclusive enjoyment of political liberty, and hence the possibility of exploiting millions of laborers and governing them at discretion in one's own interest. What is there left for the representatives of handwork, these numberless millions of proletarians or of small farmers? Hopeless misery, not even the joys of the family (for the family soon becomes a burden to the poor man), ignorance, barbarism, an almost bestial existence, and this for consolation with it all, that they are serving as pedestal for the culture, liberty, and depravity of a minority."74

The freer and more highly developed trade and industry are in any place, "the more complete is the demoralization of the privileged few on the one hand, and the greater are the misery, the complaints, and the just indignation of the laboring masses on the other. England, Belgium, France, Germany, are certainly the countries of Europe in which trade and industry enjoy greatest freedom and have made most progress. In these very countries the most cruel pauperism prevails, the gulf between capitalists and


landlords on the one hand and the laboring class on the other is greater than in any other country. In Russia, in the Scandinavian countries, in Italy, in Spain, where trade and industry are still embryonic, people but seldom die of hunger except on extraordinary occasions. In England starvation is an every-day thing. And not only individuals starve, but thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands."75

3. But mankind will soon have passed the low stage of evolution to which private property belongs.

As there has at all times been oppression of the nations by the State, so has there also always been "exploitation of the masses of slaves, serfs, wageworkers, by a ruling minority."76 But this exploitation is no more "inseparably united with the existence of human society "77 than is that oppression. "By the force of things themselves "78 unlimited private property will be done away. Everybody feels already that this moment is approaching, 79 the transformation is already at hand,80 it is to be expected within the nineteenth century.81

II. In the next stage of evolution, which mankind must speedily reach, property will be so constituted that there will indeed be private property in the objects of consumption, but in land, instruments of labor, and all other capital, there will be only social property.

The future society will be collectivist.

In this way every laborer has the product of his labor guaranteed to him.


1. "Justice must serve as basis for the new world: without it, no liberty, no living together, no prosperity, no peace."82 "Justice, not that of jurists, nor yet that of theologians, nor yet that of metaphysicians, but simple human justice, commands "83 that "in future every man's enjoyment corresponds to the quantity of goods produced by him."84 The thing is, then, to find a means "which makes it impossible for any one, whoever he may be, to exploit the labor of another, and permits each to share in the enjoyment of society's stock of goods (which is solely a product of labor) only so far as he has, by his labor, directly contributed to the production of this stock of goods. "85

This means consists in the principle "that the land, the instruments of labor, and all other capital, as the collective property of the whole of society, shall exclusively serve for the use of the laborers,—that is, of their agricultural and industrial associations. "86 "I am not a Communist, but a Collectivist."87

2. The collectivism of the future society "by no means demands the setting up of any supreme authority. In the name of liberty, on which alone an economic or a political organization can be founded, we shall always protest against everything that looks even remotely similar to Communism or State Socialism."88 "I would have the organization of society, and of the collective or social property, from below upward by the voice of free union, not from above downward by means of any authority."89



The change that is promptly to be expected in the course of mankind's progress from its bestial existence to a human existence,—the disappearance of the State, the transformation of law and property, and the appearance of the new condition.—will come to pass, according to Bakunin, by a social revolution; that is, by a violent subversion of the old order, which will be automatically brought about by the power of things, but which those who foresee the course of evolution have the task of hastening and facilitating.

I. "To escape its wretched lot the populace has three ways, two imaginary and one real. The two first are the rum-shop and the church, the third is the social revolution."90 "A cure is possible only through the social revolution,"91—that is, through "the destruction of all institutions of inequality, and the establishment of economic and social equality. "92 The revolution will not be made by anybody. "Revolutions are never made, neither by individuals nor yet by secret societies. They come about automatically, in a measure; the power of things, the current of events and facts, produces them. They are long preparing in the depth of the obscure consciousness of the masses—then they break out suddenly, not seldom on apparently slight occasion."93 The revolution is already at hand to-day; 94 everybody feels its approach;95 we are to expect it within the nineteenth century.96


1. "By the revolution we understand the unchaining of everything that is to-day called 'evil passions,' and the destruction of everything that in the same language is called 'public order'."97

The revolution will rage not against men, but against relations and things.98 "Bloody revolutions are often necessary, thanks to human stupidity; yet they are always an evil, a monstrous evil and a great disaster, not only with regard to the victims, but also for the sake of the purity and perfection of the purpose in whose name they take place."99 "One must not wonder if in the first moment of their uprising the people kill many oppressors and exploiters—this misfortune, which is of no more importance anyhow than the damage done by a thunderstorm, can perhaps not be avoided. But this natural fact will be neither moral nor even useful. Political massacres have never killed parties; particularly have they always shown themselves impotent against the privileged classes; for authority is vested far less in men than in the position' which the privileged acquire by any institutions, particularly by the State and private property. If one would make a thorough revolution, therefore, one must attack things and relationships, destroy property and the State: then there is no need of destroying men and exposing one's self to the inevitable reaction which the slaughtering of men always has provoked and always will provoke in every society. But, in order to have the right to deal humanely with men without danger to the revolution, one must be inexorable toward things and relationships, destroy every-


thing, and first and foremost property and its inevitable consequence the State. This is the whole secret of the revolution."100

"The revolution, as the power of things to-day necessarily presents it before us, will not be national, but international,—that is, universal. In view of the threatened league of all privileged interests and all reactionary powers in Europe, in view of the terrible instrumentalities that a shrewd organization puts at their disposal, in view of the deep chasm that to-day yawns between the bourgeoisie and the laborers everywhere, no revolution can count on success if it does not speedily extend itself beyond the individual nation to all other nations. But the revolution can never cross the frontiers and become general unless it has in it the foundations for this generality; that is, unless it is pronouncedly socialistic, and, by equality and justice, destroys the State and establishes liberty. For nothing can better inspire and uplift the sole true power of the century, the laborers, than the complete liberation of labor and the shattering of all institutions for the protection of hereditary property and of capital."101 "A political and national revolution cannot win, therefore, unless the political revolution becomes social, and the national revolution, by the very fact of its fundamentally socialistic and State-destroying character, becomes a universal revolution."102

2. "The revolution, as we understand it, must on its very first day completely and fundamentally destroy the State and all State institutions. This destruction will have the following natural and necess-


ary effects. (a) The bankruptcy of the State, (b) The cessation of State collection of private debts, whose payment is thenceforth left to the debtor's pleasure, (c) The cessation of the payment of taxes, and of the levying of direct or indirect imposts. (d) The dissolution of the army, the courts, the corps of office-holders, the police, and the clergy, (e) The stoppage of the official administration of justice, the abolition of all that is called juristic law and of its exercise. Hence, the valuelessness, and the consignment to an auto-da-fe, of all titles to property, testamentary dispositions, bills of sale, deeds of gift, judgments of courts—in short, of the whole mass of papers relating to private law. Everywhere, and in regard to everything, the revolutionary fact in place of the law created and guaranteed by the State, (f) The confiscation of all productive capital and instruments of labor in favor of the associations of laborers, which will use them for collective production, (g) The confiscation of all Church and State property, as well as of the bullion in private hands, for the benefit of the commune formed by the league of the associations of laborers. In return for the confiscated goods, those who are affected bv the confiscation receive from the commune their absolute necessities; they are free to acquire more afterward by their labor."103

The destruction will be followed by the reshaping.


Hence, (h) "The organization of the commune by the permanent association of the barricades and by its organ, the council of the revolutionary commune, to which every barricade, every street, every quarter, sends one or two responsible and revocable representatives with binding instructions. The council of the commune can appoint executive committees out of its membership for the various branches of the revolutionary administration, (i) The declaration of the capital, insurgent and organized as a commune, that, after the righteous destruction of the State of authority and guardianship, it renounces the right (or rather the usurpation) of governing the provinces and setting a standard for them, (k) The summons to all provinces, communities, and associations, to follow the example given by the capital, first to organize themselves in revolutionary form, then to send to a specified meeting-place responsible and revocable representatives with binding instructions, and so to constitute the league of the insurgent associations, communities, and provinces, and to organize a revolutionary power capable of defeating the reaction. The sending, not of official commissioners of the revolution with some sort of badges, but of agitators for the revolution, to all the provinces and communities—especially to the peasants, who cannot be revolutionized by scientific principles nor yet by the edicts of any dictatorship, but only by the revolutionary fact itself: that is, by the inevitable effects of the complete cessation of official State activity in all the communities. The abolition of the national State, not only in other senses, but in this,—that all foreign countries, pro-


vinces, communities, associations, nay, all individuals who have risen in the name of the same principles, without regard to the present State boundaries, are accepted as part of the new political system and nationality; and that, on the other hand, it shall exclude from membership those provinces, communities, associations, or personages, of the same country, who take the side of the reaction. Thus must the universal revolution, by the very fact of its binding the insurgent countries together for joint defence, march on unchecked over the abolished boundaries and the ruins of the formerly existing States to its triumph."104

II. "To serve, to organize, and to hasten"105 "the revolution, which must everywhere be the work of the people"106 — this alone is the task of those who foresee the course of evolution. We have to perform "midwife's services "107 for the new time, "to help on the birth of the revolution."108

To this end we must, "first, spread among the masses thoughts that correspond to the instincts of the masses."109 "What keeps the salvation-bringing thought from going through the laboring masses with a rush? Their ignorance; and particularly the political and religious prejudices which, thanks to the exertions of the ruling classes, to this day obscure the laborer's natural thought and healthy feelings."110 "Hence the aim must consist in making him completely conscious of what he wants, evoking in him the thought that corresponds to his impulses. If once


the thoughts of the laboring masses have mounted to the level of their impulses, then will their will be soon determined and their power irresistible."111

Furthermore, we must "form, not indeed the army of the revolution,—the army can never be anything but the people,—but yet a sort of staff for the revolutionary army. These must be devoted, energetic, talented men, who, above all, love the people without ambition and vanity, and who have the faculty of mediating between the revolutionary thought and the instincts of the people. No very great number of such men is requisite. A hundred revolutionists firmly and seriously bound together are enough for the international organization of all Europe. Two or three hundred revolutionists are enough for the organization of the largest country."112

Here, especially, is the field for the activity of secret societies.113 "In order to serve, organize, and hasten the general revolution "114 Bakunin founded the Alliance internationale de la démocratie socialiste. It was to pursue a double purpose: "(a) The spreading of correct views about politics, economics, and philosophical questions of every kind, among the masses in all countries; an active propaganda by newspapers, pamphlets, and books, as well as by the founding of public associations, (b) The winning of all wise, energetic, silent, well-disposed men who are sincerely devoted to the idea; the covering of Europe, and America too so far as possible, with a network of self-sacrificing revolutionists, strong by unity."115



1. Printed in "Œuvres de Michel Bakounine "(1895) pp. 1-205, under the title "Fédéralisme, socialisme, et antithéologisme."

2. Printed in "L' Alliance de la démocratie socialiste et l' Association internationale des travailleurs "(1873) pp. 118-35.

3. Only fragments have been printed : one under the title "L' Empire knoutogermanique et la Révolution sociale "(1871), a second under the title "Dieu et l'Etat "(1882), a third under the same title in "Œuvres de Michel Bakounine"(1895) pp. 281-326.

4. Printed in Dragomanoff, "Michail Bakunins sozial-politischer Briefwechsel mit Alexander Iw. Herzen und Ogarjow, "German translation by Mimes (1885) pp. 358-64.

5. A part is printed in French translation, in "L' Alliance de la démocratie socialiste et l'Association internationale des travailleurs "(1878) pp. 90-95, the rest in Dragomanoff pp. 371-83.

6. "L' Alliance de la démocratie socialiste et l'Association internationale des travailleurs "p. 89 ; Dragomanoff p. IX.

7. Ba. "Briefe "pp. 223, 233, 266, 272.

8. Ba. "Dieu "p. 34.

9. Ib. p. 33.

10. Ib. p. 3.

11. Ib. p. 52.

12. Ba. "Proposition "p. 104.

13. Ba. "Dieu "p. 52.

14. Ib. p. 7.

15. Ib. p. 16.

16. Ib. p. 16.

17. Ib. p. 16.

18. Ba. "Proposition"p. 155.

19. Ba. "Proposition"p. 155.

20. Ba. "Dieu "p. 16.

21. Ib. pp. 27-8.

22. Ba. "Programme "p. 382.

23. Ba. "Dieu "p. 30.

24. Ba. "Dieu "Œuvres p. 287.

25. Ib. p. 285.

26. Ba. "Programme "p. 382.

27. Ba. "Articles "p. 113.

28. Ba. "Statuts "p. 125.

29. Ib. p. 125.

30. Ba. "Dieu "Œuvres p. 281 .

31. Ba. "Statuts "pp. 129-31.

32. Ba. "Proposition "pp. 17-18.

33. Ba. "Dieu "Œuvres p. 281.

34. Ba. "Proposition "pp. 17-18.

35. Ba. "Proposition "p. 18.

36. Ba. "Statuts "p. 133.

37. Ba. "Dieu "Œuvres p. 285.

38. Ba. "Proposition"p. 134.

39. Ba. "Dieu"p. 19.

40. Ib. p. 87.

41. Ba. "Dieu "Œuvres p. 287.

42. Ba. "Dieu "p. 20.

43. Ib. p. 97.

44. Ib. p. 9.

45. Ib. p. 11.

46. Ba. "Dieu. "Œuvres p. 288.

47. Ba. "Dieu "pp. 29-30.

48. Ba. "Proposition "p. 154.

49. Ib. p. 10.

50. Ba. "Dieu "Œuvres pp. 287-8.

51. Ba. "Dieu "p. 14.

52. Ib. p. 65.

53. Ib. p. 53.

54. Ba. "Dieu "Œuvres p. 287.

55. Ba. "Articles "p. 113.

56. Ba. "Statuts "p. 125.

57. Ba. "Statuts "p. 125.

58. Ba. "Dieu "p. 11.

59. Ba. "Dieu "CEuvres pp. 277-8.

60. Ib. p. 281.

61. Ib. p. 279.

62. Ib. p. 281.

63. Ib. p. 283.

64. Ba. "Proposition "pp. 16-18.

65. Ib. p. 20.

66. Ba. "Proposition "p. 16.

67. Ib. pp. 16-17.

68. Ib. pp. 17-18.

69. Ib. p. 17.

70. Ib. p. 18.

71. Ba. "Statuts "p. 128,.

72. Ba. "Dieu "Œuvres p. 324.

73. Ib. pp. 323-4.

74. Ba. "Proposition "pp. 32-3.

75. Ba. "Proposition "pp. 26-7.

76. Ba. "Dieu"p. 14.

77. Ib. p. 14.

78. Ba. "Programme "p. 882.

79. Ba. "Articles"p. 113.

80. Ba. "Statuts "p. 125.

81. Ib. p. 125.

82. Ba, "Proposition"pp. 54-5.

83. Ib. p. 59.

84. Ba. "Statuts "p. 133.

85. Ba. "Proposition "p. 55.

86. Ba. "Statuts "p. 133.

87. Ba. "Discours "p. 27.

88. Ba. "Proposition "p. 56.

89. Ba. "Discours "p. 28.

90. Ba. "Die-it. "p. 10.

91. Ib. p. 18.

92. Ib. p. 45.

93. Ba. "Statuts "p. 132.

94. Ib. p. 125.

95. Ba. "Articles "p. 113.

96. Ba. "Utatuts "p. 125.

97. Ba. "Statute "p. 129.

98. Ib. p. 126.

99. Ba. "Volkssache "p. 309.

100. Ba. "Statuts "pp. 127-8.

101. Ib. p. 125.

102. Ib. p. 131.

103. Ba. "Statuts "pp. 129-30. [Bakunin is writing in a world where the Church is everywhere part of the State machine. Would his words about Church property apply equally, according to him, in the United States, where the Church property is in general made up of the free gifts of individual believers? Perhaps; for he would have no love for the Church even here, and he is obviously hostile to anything in the nature of mortmain. If so, how about college property ?]

104. Ba. "Statuts " pp. 130-31.

105. Ib. p. 125.

106. Ib. p. 131.

107. Ba. "Volkssache "p. 309.

108. Ba. "Statuts "p. 132.

109. Ib. p. 132.

110. Ba, "Articles"p. 103.

111. Ba. "Articles "p. 103.

112. Ba. "Statuts "p. 132.

113. Ib. p. 132.

114. Ib. p. 125.

115. Ib. pp. 125-6.







The roads would have been scrap-iron but because of Europe's dense population, industry, trade, and travel, the roads are in the possession of a few shareholders who perhaps do not even know the location of the lines from which they draw princely incones."*

2. Mankind will soon have passed the stage of evolution where private property matters. Private property is doomed.

Private property is a historic formation: it "has developed parasitically amidst the free institutions of our earliest ancestors," and this may be the closest connection to the State. "The political constitution of a society is always the expression, and at the same time the consecration, of its economic constitution."§

"The origin of the state, and its reason for existence, lie in the fact that it interferes in favor of the propertied and to the disadvantage of the propertyless." "The omnipotence of the State constitutes the foundation of the strength of the bourgeoisie.

But private property is already on the way to dissolution. "The economic chaos can last no longer. The people are tired of the crises which the greed of the ruling classes provokes. They want to work and live, not first drudge a few years for scanty wages and then become for many years victims of want and objects of charity. The workingman sees the incapacity of the ruling classes: he sees how unable they are either to understand his efforts or to manage the pro-


duction and exchange of goods."* Hence "one of the leading features of our century is the growth of Socialism and the rapid spreading of Socialist views among the working classes." The moment when private property is to disappear is near, therefore: be it in a few years,‡ be it at the end of the nineteenth century,§ in any case it will come soon.

II. In mankind's next stage of evolution, which, as has been shown, must soon be attained, property will take such a form that only property of society shall exist. The next phase of evolution," "higher form of social organization,"** will "inevitably"†† be not only Anarchism but "Anarchistic Communism."‡‡ "The tendencies towards economical and political freedom are two different manifestations of the very same need of equality which constitutes the very essence of all struggles mentioned by history;"§§ "these two powerful currents of thought characterize our century."║║

In this way a comfortable life will be guaranteed to every person who co-operates in production to a certain extent.

1. Mankind's next stage of evolution will no longer know any but the property of society.

"In our century the Communist tendency is continually reasserting itself. The penny bridge disappears before the public bridge; and the turnpike road be-


fore the free road. The same spirit pervades thousands of other institutions. Museums, free libraries, and free public schools; parks and pleasure grounds; paved and lighted streets, free for everybody's use; water supplied to private dwellings, with a growing tendency towards disregarding the exact amount of it used by the individual; tramways and railways which have already begun to introduce the season ticket or uniform tax, and will surely go much further on this line when they are no longer private property: all these are tokens showing in what direction further progress is to be expected."*

So will the future society be Communistic. "The first act of the nineteenth-century commune will consist in laying hands on the entire capital accumulated in its bosom." This applies "to the materials for consumption as well as to those for production." "People have tried to make a distinction between the capital that serves for the production of goods and that which satisfies the wants of life, and have said that machines, factories, raw materials, the means of transportation, and the land are destined to become the property of the community; while dwellings, finished products, clothing, and provisions will remain private property. This distinction is erroneous and impracticable. The house that shelters us, the coal and gas that we burn, the nutriment that our body burns up, the clothing that covers us, and the book from which we draw instruction, are all essential to our existence and are just as necessary for successful


production and for the further development of humanity as are machines, factories, raw materials, and other factors of production. With private property in the former goods, there would still remain inequality, oppression, and exploitation; a halfway abolition of private property would have its effectiveness crippled in advance."*

There is no fear that the Communistic communes will isolate themselves. "If today a great city transforms itself into a Communistic commune, and introduces community of the materials for both work and enjoyment, then in a very few days, if it is not shut in by hostile armies, trains of wagons will appear in its markets, and raw materials will arrive from distant ports; and the city's industrial products, when once the wants of the population are satisfied, will go to the ends of the earth seeking purchasers; throngs of strangers will stream in from near and far, and will afterward tell at home of the marvelous life of the free city where everybody works, where there are neither poor nor oppressed, where every one enjoys the fruit of his toil, and no one interferes with another's doing so."

2. The Communism of the future society will "not be the Communism of the convent or the barrack, such as was formerly preached, but a free Communism which puts the joint products at the disposal of all while leaving to every one the liberty of using them at home." To get an entirely clear idea of every detail of it; "nevertheless we


must come to an agreement about the fundamental features at least."*

What form will production take?

That must first be produced with requisite "for the satisfaction of man's most urgent wants." For this it suffices "that all adults except for those women who are occupied with the education of children, engage in five hours a day, from the age of twenty or twenty-two to the age of forty-five or fifty of any one(at their option) of the labors that are regarded as necessary." "For instance, a society would enter into the following contract with each of its members: 'We will guarantee to you the enjoyment of our houses, stores of goods, streets, conveyances, schools, museums, etc, on condition that from your twentieth year to your forty-fifth or fiftieth you apply five hours every day to one of the labors necessary to life. Every moment you will have your choice of the groups you will join, or you may find if it is for a necessary service. For the rest of your time you may associate yourself with whom you like for the purpose of scientific or artistic recreation at your pleasure. We ask of you, therefore, nothing but twelve or fifteen hundred hours' work annually in one of the groups which produce food, clothing, and shelter, or which care for health, transportation, etc.; and in return we insure to you all that these groups produce or have produced."§

There will be time enough, therefore, to produce what is reqyusute fir tgr satisfaction of less urgent


wants. "When one has worked under obligation for society, he can devote the other half of his day, his week, or his year, to the satisfaction of artistic or scientific wants."* "The lover of music who wishes a piano will enter the association of instrument-makers; he will devote part of his half-days, and will soon possess the longed-for piano. Or the enthusiast in astronomy will join the astronomers association with its philosophers, observers, calculators, and opticians, its scholars and amateurs; and he will obtain the telescope he wishes, if only he dedicates some work to the common cause — for there is a deal of rough work necessary for an observatory, masons' work, carpenters' work, founders' work, machinists' work — the final polish, to be sure, can be given to the instrument of precision by none but the artist. In a word, the five to seven hours that everyone has left, after he has first devoted some hours to the production of the necessary, are quite sufficient to render possible for him every kind of luxury."

"The separation of agriculture from manufactures will pass away. The factory workmen will be at the same time field workmen." "As an eminently periodic industry, which at certain times needs a large additional force, agriculture will form the link between village and city."§ And "the separation of mental from bodily labor will come to an end" too. Poets and scientists will no longer find poor devils


who will sell their energies to them for a plate of soup; they will have to get together and print their writings themselves. Then the authors, and their admirers of both sexes, will soon acquire the art of handling the type-case and composing-stick; they will learn the pleasure of producing jointly, with their own hands, a work that they value."* Every labor will agreeable"†" "If there is still work which is really disagreeable in itself, it is only because our scientific men have never cared to consider the means of rendering it less so: they have always known that there were plenty of starving men who would do it for a few pence a day." "Factories, smelters, mines, can be as sanitary and as splendid as the best laboratories of our universities; and the more perfectly they are fitted up the more they will produce."§ And the product of such labor will be "infinitely better, and considerably greater, than the mass of goods hitherto produced under the goad of slavery, serfdom, and wage-slavery."

How will distribution take place?

Everyone who contributes his part to production will also have his share in the product. But it must not be assumed that this share in the product will correspond to that share in the production. "Each according to his powers; to each according to his wants." "Need will be put above service; it will be recognized that every one who co-operates in production to a certain extent has in the first place the


right to live, and in the second place the right to live comfortably."* "Every one, no matter how strong or weak, how competent or incompetent he may be, will have the right to live," and "to have a comfortable life; he will furthermore have the right to decide for himself what belongs to a comfortable life."

Society's stock of goods will quite permit this. "If one considers on the one hand the rapidity with which the productive power of civilized nations is increasing, and on the other hand the limits that are directly or indirectly set to its production by present conditions, one comes to the conclusion that even a moderately sensible economic constitution would permit the civilized nations to heap up in a few years so many useful things that we should have to cry out 'Enough! enough coal! enough bread! enough clothes! Let us rest, take recreation, put our strength to a better use, spend our time in a better way!"§

However, what if the stock should in fact not suffice for all wants? "The solution is — free taking of everything that exists in superfluity, and rations of that in which there is a possibility of dearth: rations according to needs, with preference to children, the aged, and the weak in general. That is what is done even now in the country. What commune thinks of limiting the use of the meadows so long as there are enough of them? what commune, so long as there are chestnuts and brushwood enough, hinders those who belong to it from taking as much as they please?


And what does the peasant introduce when there is a prospect that firewood will give out? Rationing."*


The change that is promptly to be expected in the course of mankind's progress from a less happy existence to an existence as happy as possible — the disappearance of the State, the transformation of law and property, and the appearance of the new condition — will be accomplished, according to Kropotkin, by a social revolution; that is, by a violent subversion of the old order, which will come to pass of itself, but for which it is the function of those who foresee the course of evolution to prepare men's minds.

I. WE know that we shall not reach the future condition "without intense perturbations." "That justice may be victorious, and the new thoughts become reality, there is need of a frightful storm to sweep awayall this rottenness, to vivify torpid souls with its breath, and to restore self-sacrifice, self-denial, and heroism to our senile, decrepit, crumbling society." There is need of "social revolution: that is, the people's taking possession of society's total stock of goods, and the abolition of all authorities."§

"The social revolution is at the door," "it stands before us at the end of this century," "it will be here in a few years."** It is "the task which history sets for us,"†† but "whether we will or not, it will be


accomplished independently of our will."*

1. "The social revolution will be no uprising of a few days: we shall have to go through a period of three, four, or five years of revolution, till the transformation of the social and economic situation is completed." "During this time what we have sown today will be coming up and bearing fruit; and he who now is yet indifferent will become a convinced adherent of the new doctrine." Nor will the social revolution be limited to a narrow area. "We must not assume, to be sure, that it will break out in all Europe at once."§ "Germany is nearer the revolution that people think" "but whether it strted from France, Germany, Spain, or Russia, it will anyhow be a European revolution in the end. It will spread as rapidly as that of our predecessors the heroes of 1848, and set Europe afire."

2. The first act of the social revolution will be a work of destruction.** "The impulse to destruction, which is so natural and justifiable because it is at the same time an impulse to renovation, will find its full satisfaction. How much old trash there is to clear away! Does not everything have to be transformed, the houses, the cities, the business of manufacturing and farming,--in short, all the arrangements of society?"†† "Everything that is necessary to abolish should be destroyed without delay: the penitentiaries and prisons, the forts that threaten cities,


the slums whose disease-laden air people have breathed so long."*

Yet the social revolution will not be a reign of terror. "Naturally the fight will demand victims. One can understand how it was that people of Paris, before they hurried to the frontiers, killed the aristocrats in the prisons, who had planned with the enemy for the annihilation of the revolution. He who would blame the people for this should be asked, 'Have you suffered with them and like them? if not, blush and be still.'" But yet the people will never, like the kings and czars, exalt terror into a system. "They have sympathy for the victims; they are too goodhearted not to feel a speedy repugnance at cruelty. The public prosecutor, the corpse-cart, the guillotine, speedily became repulsive. After a little while it is recognized that such a reign of terror is merely preparing the way for a dictatorship, and the guillotine is abolished."

The government will be overthrown first. "There is no need of fearing its strength. Governments only seem terrible; the first collision with the insurgent people prostrate; many have collapsed in a few hours before now."§ "The people rise, and the State machine is already at a standstill; the officials are in confusion and know not what to do; the army has lost confidence in its leaders."

But it cannot stop with this. "On the day when the people has swept away the governments, it will also, without waiting for any directions from above,


abolish private property by forcible expropriation."* "The peasants will drive out the great landlords and declare their estates common property; they will annul the mortgages and proclaim general release from debt"; and in the cities "the people will seize on the entire wealth accumulated there, turn out the factory-owners, and undertake the management themselves." "The expropriation will be general; nothing but an expropriation of the broadest kind can initiate the re-shaping of society—expropriation on a small scale would appear like ordinary plunder." § It will extend not only to the materials of production, but also to those of consumption: "the first thing that the people do after the overthrow of the governments will be to provide itself with sanitary dwellings and with sufficient food and clothing." —Yet expropriation will "have its limits." "Suppose by pinching, a poor devil has got himself a house that will hold him and his family. Will he be thrown on the street? Certainly not! If the house is just big enough for him and his family, he shall keep it, and he shall also continue to woik the garden under his window. Our young men will even lend him a hand in case of need. But, if he has rented a room to somebody else, the people will say to this one, 'You know, friend, don't you, that you no longer owe the old fellow anything? Keep your room gratis; you need no longer fear the officer of the court, we have the new society!"** "Expropriation will extend just


to that which makes it possible for any one to exploit another's labor."*

3. "The work of destruction will be followed by a work of re-shaping."

Most people conceive of revolution as with "a 'revolutionary government' —this in two ways. Some understand by this an elective government. "It is proposed to summon the people to elections, to elect a government as quickly as possible, and entrust to it the work which each of us ought to be doing of his own accord."§ "But any government which an insurgent people attains by elections must necessarily be a leaden weight on its feet, especially in so immense an economic, political, and moral reorganization as the social revolution." This is perceived by others; "therefore they give up the thought of a 'legal' government, at least for the time of insurrection against all laws, and preach the 'revolutionary dictatorship.' 'The party which has overthrown the government,' say they, ' will forcibly put itself in the government's place. It will seize the authority and adopt a revolutionary procedure. For every one who does not recognize it—the guillotine; for every one who refuses obedience to it—the guillotine likewise.' So talk the little Robespierres. But we Anarchists know that this thought is nothing but an unwholesome fruit of government fetishism, and that any dictatorship, even the best disposed, is the death of the revolution."

"We will do what is needful ourselves, without


waiting for the orders of a government."*
"If the dissolution of the State is once started, if once the oppression-machine begins to give out, free associations will be formed quite automatically. Just remember the voluntary combinations of the armed bourgeoisie during the great Revolution. Remember the societies which were voluntarily formed in Spain, and which defended the independence of the country, when the State was shaken to its foundations by Napoleon's armies. As soon as the State no longer compels any co-operation, natural wants bring about a voluntary co-operation quite automatically. If the State be but overthrown, free society will rise up at once on its ruins."

"The reorganization of production will not be possible in a few days," especially as the revolution will presumably not break out in all Europe at a time.§ The people will consequently have to take temporary measures to assure themselves, first of all, of food, clothing, and shelter. First the populace of the insurgent cities will take possession of the dealers' stocks of food, and of the grain warehouses and the slaughter-houses. Volunteers make an inventory of the provisions found, and distribute printed tabular statements by the million. Henceforth free taking of all that is present in abundance; rations of what has to be measured out, with preference to the sick and the weak; a supply for deficiencies by importation from the country (which will come in plenty if we produce things that the farmer needs and put them at


his disposal) and also by the inhabitants of the city entering upon the cultivation of the royal parks and meadows in the vicinity.* The people will take possession of the dwelling-houses in like manner. Again volunteers make lists of the available dwellings and distribute them. People come together by streets, quarters, districts, and agree about the allotment of the dwellings. But the evils that will at first still have to be borne are soon to be done away: the artisans of the building trades need only work a few hours a day, and soon the over-spacious dwellings that were on hand will be sensibly altered, and model houses, entirely new, will be built. The same procedure will be followed with regard to clothing. The people take possession of the great clothiers' establishments, and volunteers list the stocks. People take freely what is on hand in abundance, in rations what is limited in quantity. What is lacking is supplied in the shortest of time by the factories with their perfected machines.

II. "To prepare men's minds"§ for the approaching revolution is the task of those who foresee the course of evolution. This is especially "the task of the secret societies and revolutionary organizations. It is the task of " the Anarchist party." The Anarchists "are to-day as yet a minority, but their number is daily growing, will grow more and more, and will on the eve of the revolution become a majority."** "What a dismal sight France presented a few years before the great Revolution, and


how weak was the minority of those who thought of the abolition of royalty and feudalism; but what a change three or four years later! the minority had begun the revolution and had carried the masses with it."* —But how are men's minds to be prepared for the revolution?

1. First and foremost, the aim of the revolution is to be made generally known. "It is to be proclaimed by word and deed till it is thoroughly popularized, so that on the day of the rising it is in everybody's mouth. This task is greater and more serious than is generally assumed; for, if some few do have the aim clearly before their eyes, it is quite otherwise with the masses, constantly worked upon as they are by the bourgeois press."

But this does not suffice. "The spirit of insurrection must be aroused; the sense of independence and the wild boldness without which no revolution comes about must awake." "Between the peaceable discussion of evils and tumult, insurrection, lies a chasm —the same chasm that in the greater part of mankind separates reflection from act, thought from will."§

2. The way to obtain these two results is "action —constant, incessant action by minorities. Courage, devotion, self-sacrifice are as contagious as cowardice, servility, and apprehension."

"What forms is the propaganda to take? Every form that is prescribed by the situation, by opportunity, and propensity. It may be now serious, now jocular; but it must always be bold. It must never leave


a means unused, never leave a fact of public life unobserved, to keep minds alert, to give aliment and expression to discontent, to stir hate against exploiters, to make the government ridiculous, and to demonstrate its impotence. But above all, to arouse boldness and the spirit of insurrection, it must continually preach by example."*

"Men of courage, willing not only to speak but to act; pure characters who prefer prison, exile, and death to a life that contradicts their principles; bold natures who know that in order to win one must dare, —these are the advance-guard who open the fight long before the masses are ripe to lift the banner of insurrection openly and to seek their rights arms in hand. In the midst of the complaining, talking, discussing, comes a mutinous deed by one or more persons, which incarnates the longings of all."

"Perhaps at first the masses remain indifferent and believe the wise ones who regard the act as 'crazy ', but soon they are privately applauding the crazy and imitating them. While the first of them are filling the penitentiaries, others are already continuing their work. The declarations of war against present-day society, the mutinous deeds, the acts of revenge, multiply. General attention is aroused; the new thought makes its way into men's heads and wins their hearts. A single deed makes more propaganda in a few days than a thousand pamphlets. The government defends itself, it rages pitilessly; but by this it only causes further deeds to be committed by one or more persons, and drives the insurgents to heroism. One deed


brings forth another; opponents join the mutiny; the government splits into factions; harshness intensifies the conflict; concessions come too late; the revolution breaks out."*

3. To make still clearer the means by which the aim of the revolution is to be made generally known and the spirit of insurrection is to be aroused, Kropotkin tells some of the history of what preceded the Revolution of 1789.

He tells how at that time thousands of lampoons acquainted the people with the vices of the court, and how a multitude of satirical songs flagellated crowned heads and stirred hatred against the nobility and clergy. He sets before us how in placards the king, the queenr the farmers-general, were threatened, reviled, and jeered at; how enemies of the people were hanged or burned or quartered in effigy. He describes to us the way in which the insurrectionists got the people used to the streets and taught them to defy the police, the military, the cavalry. We learn how in the villages secret organizations, the jacques, set fire to the barns of the lord of the manor, destroyed his crops or his game, murdered him himself, threatened the collection or payment of rent with death. He sets forth to us how then, one day, the storehouses were broken into, the trains of wagons were stopped on the highway, the toll-gates were burned and the officials killed, the tax-lists and the accountbooks and the city archives went up in flames, and the revolution broke out on all sides.

"What conclusions are to be drawn from this"


Kropotkin does not think it necessary to explain. He contents himself with characterizing as "a precious instruction for us"* the facts which he reports.

*Kr. "Paroles" pp.124-5.

Ib. p. 167

Ib. p. 135.

§ Ib. p. 337

Kr. "Conquéte" pp. 63.

Ib. p. 56.

**Ib. p. 109.

* Kr. "Conquéte" p. 56.

Kr. "Paroles" p. 263.

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Kr. Ub, pp. 253-5.

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Kr. "Conquéte" p. 75.

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§ Kr. "Paroles" p. 260.

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** Kr. "Paroles" p. 90.

*Kr. "Paroles" pp. 92-5.

Ib. pp. 312.

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§ Ib. pp. 283.

Ib. p. 284.

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Ib. p. 285.

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Benjamin R. Tucker was born in 1854 at South Dartmouth, near New Bedford, Massachusetts. From 1870 to 1872 he studied technology in Boston; there he made the acquaintance of Josiah Warren* in 1872. In 1874 he traveled in England, France, and Italy.

In 1877 Tucker took the temporary editorship of the "Word," published at Princeton, Massachusetts. In 1878 he published the quarterly "The Radical Review" in New Bedford; but only four numbers appeared. In 1881, in Boston, he founded the semi-monthly paper "Liberty," of which there also appeared for a short time a German edition under the title "Libertas"; in Boston, also, he was for ten years one of the editorial staff of the "Globe." Since 1892 he has lived in New York, and "Liberty" has appeared there as a weekly.

2. Tucker's teaching about law, the State, and property is contained mainly in his articles in "Liberty." He has published a collection‡182 of these articles under the title "Instead of a Book. By a Man Too Busy to Write One. A fragmentary exposition of philosophical Anarchism" (1893).



3. Tucker calls his teaching "Anarchism." "Circumstances have combined to make me somewhat conspicuous as an exponent of the theory of Modern Anarchism."* "Anarchy does not mean simply opposed to the archos, or political leader. It means opposed to arch[=e]. Now, arch[=e], in the first instance, means beginning, origin. From this it comes to mean a first principle, an element; then first place, supreme power, sovereignty, dominion, command, authority; and finally a sovereignty, an empire, a realm, a magistracy, a governmental office. Etymologically, then, the word anarchy may have several meanings. But the word Anarchy as a philosophical term and the word Anarchist as the name of a philosophical sect were first appropriated in the sense of opposition to dominion, to authority, and are so held by right of occupancy, which fact makes any other philosophical use of them improper and confusing."


Tucker considers that the law which has supreme validity for every one of us is self-interest; and from this he derives the law of equal liberty.

1. For every man self-interest is the supreme law. "The Anarchists are not only utilitarians, but egoists in the farthest and fullest sense."

What does self-interest mean? My interest is everything that serves my purposes. It takes in not only the lowest but also "the higher forms of selfishness." Thus, in particular, the interest of society is


at the same time that of every individual: "its life is inseparable from the lives of individuals; it is impossible to destroy one without destroying the other."*

Self-interest is the supreme law for man. "The Anarchists totally discard the idea of moral obligation, of inherent rights and duties." "So far as inherent right is concerned, might is its only measure. Any man, be his name Bill Sykes or Alexander Romanoff, and any set of men, whether the Chinese highbinders or the Congress of the United States, have the right, if they have the power, to kill or coerce other men and to make the entire world subservient to their ends." "The Anarchism of to-day affirms the right of society to coerce the individual and of the individual to coerce society so far as either has the requisite power."§

2. From this supreme law Tucker derives "the law of equal liberty." The law of equal liberty is based on every individual's self-interest. For "liberty is the chief essential to man's happiness, and therefore the most important thing in the world, and I want as much of it as I can get." On the other hand, "human equality is a necessity of stable society,"** and the life of society "is inseparable from the lives of


individuals."* Consequently every individual's self-interest demands the equal liberty of all.

"Equal liberty means the largest amount of liberty compatible with equality and mutuality of respect, on the part of individuals living in society, for their respective spheres of action." "'Mind your own business' is the only moral law of the Anarchistic scheme." "It is our duty to respect others' rights, assuming the word 'right' to be used in the sense of the limit which the principle of equal liberty logically places upon might."§—On the law of equal liberty is founded "the distinction between invasion and resistance, between government and defence. This distinction is vital: without it there can be no valid philosophy of politics."

"By 'invasion' I mean the invasion of the individual sphere, which is bounded by the line inside of which liberty of action does not conflict with others' liberty of action." This boundary-line is in part unmistakable; for instance, a threat is not an invasion if the threatened act is not an invasion, "a man has a right to threaten what he has a right to execute."** But the boundary-line may also be dubious; for instance, "we cannot clearly identify the maltreatment of child by parent as either invasive or non-invasive of the liberty of third parties."†† "Additional


experience is continually sharpening our sense of what constitutes invasion. Though we still draw the line by rule of thumb, we are drawing it more clearly every day."* "The nature of such invasion is not changed, whether it is made by one man upon another man, after the manner of the ordinary criminal, or by one man upon all other men, after the manner of an absolute monarch, or by all other men upon one man, after the manner of a modern democracy."

"On the other hand, he who resists another's attempt to control is not an aggressor, an invader, a governor, but simply a defender, a protector." "The individual has the right to repel invasion of his sphere of action."§ "Anarchism justifies the application of force to invasive men," "violence is advisable when it will accomplish the desired end and inadvisable when it will not." And "defensive associations acting on the Anarchistic principle would not only demand redress for, but would prohibit, all clearly invasive acts. They would not, however, prohibit non-invasive acts, even though these acts create additional opportunity for invasive persons to act invasively: for instance, the selling of liquor."** "And the nature of such resistance is not changed whether it be offered by one man to another man, as when one repels a criminal's onslaught, or by one man to all other men, as when one declines to obey an oppressive law, or by


all other men to one man, as when a subject people rises against a despot, or as when the members of a community voluntarily unite to restrain a criminal."*


According to Tucker, from the standpoint of every one's self-interest and the equal liberty of all there is no objection to law. Legal norms are to obtain: that is, norms that are based on a general will and to which obedience is enforced, if necessary, by every means, even by prison, torture, and capital punishment.§ But the law is to be "so flexible that it will shape itself to every emergency and need no alteration. And it will then be regarded as just in proportion to its flexibility, instead of as now in proportion to its rigidity." The means to this end is that "juries will judge not only the facts, but the law"; machinery


for altering the law is then unnecessary.*—In particular, there are to be recognized the following legal norms, whose correctness Tucker tries to deduce from the law of equal liberty:

First, a legal norm by which the person is secured against hurt. "We are the sternest enemies of invasion of the person, and, although chiefly busy in destroying the causes thereof, have no scruples against such heroic treatment of its immediate manifestations as circumstances and wisdom may dictate." Capital punishment is quite compatible with the protection of the person against hurt, for its essence is not that of an act of hurting, but of an act of defence.

Next, there is to be recognized a legal norm by virtue of which "ownership on a basis of labor"§ exists. "This form of property secures each in the possession of his own products, or of such products of others as he may have obtained unconditionally without the use of fraud or force." "It will be seen from this definition that Anarchistic property concerns only products. But anything is a product upon which human labor has been expended. It should be stated, however, that in the case of land, or of any other material the supply of which is so limited that all cannot hold it in unlimited quantities, Anarchism undertakes to protect no titles except such as are based on actual occupancy and use." Against


injury to property, as well as against injury to the person, Anarchism has no scruples against "such heroic treatment as circumstances and wisdom may dictate."*

Furthermore, there is to be recognized the legal norm that contracts must be lived up to. Obligation comes into existence when obligations are "consciously and voluntarily assumed"; and the other party thus acquires "a right." To be sure, the obligatory force of contract is not without bounds. "Contract is a very serviceable and most important tool, but its usefulness has its limits; no man can employ it for the abdication of his manhood";§ therefore "the constituting of an association in which each member waives the right of secession would be a mere form." Furthermore, no one can employ it for the invasion of third parties; therefore a promise "whose fulfilment would invade third parties" would be invalid.—"I deem the keeping of promises such an important matter that only in the extremest cases would I approve their violation. It is of such vital consequence that associates should be able to rely upon each other that it is better never to do anything to weaken this confidence except when it can be maintained only at the expense of some consideration of even greater importance."** "The man who has received a promise is defrauded by its non-fulfilment, invaded, deprived of a portion of his liberty against his will."†† "I have no doubt of the right of any man to whom, for a consideration, a promise has been made, to insist, even


by force, upon the fulfilment of that promise, provided the promise be not one whose fulfilment would invade third parties. And, if the promisee has a right to use force himself for such a purpose, he has a right to secure such co-operative force from others as they are willing to extend. These others, in turn, have a right to decide what sort of promises, if any, they will help him to enforce. When it comes to the determination of this point, the question is one of policy solely; and very likely it will be found that the best way to secure the fulfilment of promises is to have it understood in advance that the fulfilment is not to be enforced."*


I. With regard to every man's self-interest, especially on the basis of the law of equal liberty, Tucker rejects the State; and that universally, not merely for special circumstances determined by place and time. For the State is "the embodiment of the principle of invasion."

1. "Two elements are common to all the institutions to which the name 'State' has been applied: first, aggression." "Aggression, invasion, government, are interconvertible terms."§ "This is the Anarchistic definition of government: the subjection of the non-invasive individual to an external will." And "second, the assumption of authority over a given area and all within it, exercised generally for the double purpose of more complete oppression of its


subjects and extension of its boundaries."* Therefore "this is the Anarchistic definition of the State: the embodiment of the principle of invasion in an individual, or a band of individuals, assuming to act as representatives or masters of the entire people within a given area."

"Rule is evil, and it is none the better for being majority rule." "The theocratic despotism of kings or the democratic despotism of majorities"§ are alike condemnable. "What is the ballot? It is neither more nor less than a paper representative of the bayonet, the billy, and the bullet. It is a labor-saving device for ascertaining on which side force lies and bowing to the inevitable. The voice of the majority saves bloodshed, but it is no less the arbitrament of force than is the decree of the most absolute of despots backed by the most powerful of armies."

2. "In the first place, all the acts of governments are indirectly invasive, because dependent upon the primary invasion called taxation." "The very first act of the State, the compulsory assessment and collection of taxes, is itself an aggression, a violation of equal liberty, and, as such, vitiates every subsequent act, even those acts which would be purely defensive if paid for out of a treasury filled by voluntary contributions. How is it possible to sanction, under the law of equal liberty, the confiscation of a man's earnings to pay for protection which he has not sought and does not desire?"**


"And, if this is an outrage, what name shall we give to such confiscation when the victim is given, instead of bread, a stone, instead of protection, oppression? To force a man to pay for the violation of his own liberty is indeed an addition of insult to injury. But that is exactly what the State is doing."* For "in the second place, by far the greater number of their acts are directly invasive, because directed, not to the restraint of invaders, but to the denial of freedom to the people in their industrial, commercial, social, domestic, and individual lives."

"How thoughtless, then, to assert that the existing political order is of a purely defensive character!" "Defence is a service, like any other service. It is labor both useful and desired, and therefore an economic commodity subject to the law of supply and demand. In a free market this commodity would be furnished at the cost of production. The production and sale of this commodity are now monopolized by the State. The State, like almost all monopolists, charges exorbitant prices. Like almost all monopolists, it supplies a worthless, or nearly worthless, article. Just as the monopolist of a food product often furnishes poison instead of nutriment, so the State takes advantage of its monopoly of defence to furnish invasion instead of protection. Just as the patrons of the one pay to be poisoned, so the patrons of the other pay to be enslaved. And the State exceeds all its fellow-monopolists in the extent of its villany because it enjoys the unique privilege of compelling all people to buy its product whether they want it or not."§


3. It cannot be alleged in favor of the State that it is necessary as a means for combating crime.* "The State is itself the most gigantic criminal extant. It manufactures criminals much faster than it punishes them." "Our prisons are filled with criminals which our virtuous State has made what they are by its iniquitous laws, its grinding monopolies, and the horrible social conditions that result from them. We enact many laws that manufacture criminals, and then a few that punish them."

No more can the State be defended on the ground that it is wanted for the relief of suffering. "The State is rendering assistance to the suffering and starving victims of the Mississippi inundation. Well, such work is better than forging new chains to keep the people in subjection, we allow; but is not worth the price that is paid for it. The people cannot afford to be enslaved for the sake of being insured. If there were no other alternative, they would do better, on the whole, to take Nature's risks and pay her penalties as best they might. But Liberty supplies another alternative, and furnishes better insurance at cheaper rates. Mutual insurance, by the organization of risk, will do the utmost that can be done to mitigate and equalize the suffering arising from the accidental destruction of wealth."§

II. Every man's self-interest, and equal liberty particularly, demands, in place of the State, a social human life on the basis of the legal norm that contracts must be lived up to. The "voluntary


association of contracting individuals"* is to take the place of the State.

1. "The Anarchists have no intention or desire to abolish society. They know that its life is inseparable from the lives of individuals; that it is impossible to destroy one without destroying the other." "Society has come to be man's dearest possession. Pure air is good, but no one wants to breathe it long alone. Independence is good, but isolation is too heavy a price to pay for it."

But men are not to be held together in society by a concrete supreme authority, but solely by the legally binding force of contract.§ The form of society is to be "voluntary association," whose "constitution" is nothing but a contract.

2. But what is to be the nature of the voluntary association in detail?

In the first place, it cannot bind its members for life. "The constituting of an association in which each member waives the right of secession would be a mere form, which every decent man who was a party to it would hasten to violate and tread under foot as soon as he appreciated the enormity of his folly. To indefinitely waive one's right of secession is to make one's self a slave. Now, no man can make himself so much a slave as to forfeit the right to issue his own emancipation proclamation."**

In the next place, the voluntary association, as


such, can have no dominion over a territory. "Certainly such voluntary association would be entitled to enforce whatever regulations the contracting parties might agree upon within the limits of whatever territory, or divisions of territory, had been brought into the association by these parties as individual occupiers thereof, and no non-contracting party would have a right to enter or remain in this domain except upon such terms as the association might impose. But if, somewhere between these divisions of territory, had lived, prior to the formation of the association, some individual on his homestead, who for any reason, wise or foolish, had declined to join in forming the association, the contracting parties would have had no right to evict him, compel him to join, make him pay for any incidental benefits that he might derive from proximity to their association, or restrict him in the exercise of any previously-enjoyed right to prevent him from reaping these benefits. Now, voluntary association necessarily involving the right of secession, any seceding member would naturally fall back into the position and upon the rights of the individual above described, who refused to join at all. So much, then, for the attitude of the individual toward any voluntary association surrounding him, his support thereof evidently depending upon his approval or disapproval of its objects, his view of its efficiency in attaining them, and his estimate of the advantages and disadvantages involved in joining, seceding, or abstaining."*


For the members of the voluntary association numerous obligations arise from their membership. The association may require, as a condition of membership, the agreement to perform certain services,—for instance, "jury service."* And "inasmuch as Anarchistic associations recognize the right of secession, they may utilize the ballot, if they see fit to do so. If the question decided by ballot is so vital that the minority thinks it more important to carry out its own views than to preserve common action, the minority can withdraw. In no case can a minority, however small, be governed without its consent." The voluntary association is entitled to compel its members to live up to their obligations. "If a man makes an agreement with men, the latter may combine to hold him to his agreement"; therefore a voluntary association is "entitled to enforce whatever regulations the contracting parties may agree upon."§ To be sure, one must bear in mind that "very likely the best way to secure the fulfilment of promises is to have it understood in advance that the fulfilment is not to be enforced."

Of especial importance among the obligations of the members of a voluntary association is the duty of paying taxes; but the tax is voluntary by virtue of the fact that it is based on contract. "Voluntary


taxation, far from impairing the association's credit, would strengthen it";* for, in the first place, because of the simplicity of its functions, the association seldom or never has to borrow; in the second place, it cannot, like the present State upon its basis of compulsory taxation, repudiate its debts and still continue business; and, in the third place, it will necessarily be more intent on maintaining its credit by paying its debts than is the State which enforces taxation. And furthermore, the voluntariness of the tax has this advantage, that "the defensive institution will be steadily deterred from becoming an invasive institution through fear that the voluntary contributions will fall off; it will have this constant motive to keep itself trimmed down to the popular demand."

"Ireland's true order: the wonderful Land League, the nearest approach, on a large scale, to perfect Anarchistic organization that the world has yet seen. An immense number of local groups, scattered over large sections of two continents separated by three thousand miles of ocean; each group autonomous, each free; each composed of varying numbers of individuals of all ages, sexes, races, equally autonomous and free; each inspired by a common, central purpose; each supported entirely by voluntary contributions; each obeying its own judgment; each guided in the formation of its judgment and the choice of its conduct by the advice of a central council of picked men, having no power to enforce its orders except that inherent in the convincing logic of the reasons on which the orders are based; all


co-ordinated and federated, with a minimum of machinery and without sacrifice of spontaneity, into a vast working unit, whose unparalleled power makes tyrants tremble and armies of no avail."*

3. Among the prominent associations of the new society are mutual insurance societies and mutual banks, and, especially, defensive associations.

"The abolition of the State will leave in existence a defensive association" which will give protection against those "who violate the social law by invading their neighbors."§ To be sure, this need will be only transitory. "We look forward to the ultimate disappearance of the necessity of force even for the purpose of repressing crime." "The necessity for defence against individual invaders is largely and perhaps, in the end, wholly due to the oppressions of the invasive State. When the State falls, criminals will begin to disappear."

A number of defensive associations may exist side by side. "There are many more than five or six insurance companies in England, and it is by no means uncommon for members of the same family to insure their lives and goods against accident or fire in different companies. Why should there not be a considerable number of defensive associations in England, in which people, even members of the same family, might


insure their lives and goods against murderers or thieves? Defence is a service, like any other service."* "Under the influence of competition the best and cheapest protector, like the best and cheapest tailor, would doubtless get the greater part of the business. It is conceivable even that he might get the whole of it. But, if he should, it would be by his virtue as a protector, not by his power as a tyrant. He would be kept at his best by the possibility of competition and the fear of it; and the source of power would always remain, not with him, but with his patrons, who would exercise it, not by voting him down or by forcibly putting another in his place, but by withdrawing their patronage." But, if invader and invaded belong to different defensive associations, will not a conflict of associations result? "Anticipations of such conflicts would probably result in treaties, and even in the establishment of federal tribunals, as courts of last resort, by the co-operation of the various associations, on the same voluntary principle in accordance with which the associations themselves were organized."

"Voluntary defensive associations acting on the Anarchistic principle would not only demand redress for, but would prohibit, all clearly invasive acts."[751] To fulfil this function they may choose any appropriate means, without thereby exercising a


government. "Government is the subjection of the non-invasive individual to a will not his own. The subjection of the invasive individual is not government, but resistance to and protection from government."*—"Anarchism recognizes the right to arrest, try, convict, and punish for wrong doing." "Anarchism will take enough of the invader's property from him to repair the damage done by his invasion." "If it can find no better instrument of resistance to invasion, Anarchism will use prisons."§ It admits even capital punishment. "The society which inflicts capital punishment does not commit murder. Murder is an offensive act. The term cannot be applied legitimately to any defensive act. There is nothing sacred in the life of an invader, and there is no valid principle of human society that forbids the invaded to protect themselves in whatever way they can." "It is allowable to punish invaders by torture. But, if the 'good' people are not fiends, they are not likely to defend themselves by torture until the penalties of death and tolerable confinement have shown themselves destitute of efficacy."—"All disputes will be submitted to juries."**

"Speaking for myself, I think the jury should be selected by drawing twelve names by lot from a wheel containing the names of all


the citizens in the community."* "The juries will judge not only the facts, but the law, the justice of the law, its applicability to the given circumstances, and the penalty or damage to be inflicted because of its infraction."


I. According to Tucker, from the standpoint of every one's self-interest and the equal liberty of all there is no objection to property. Tucker rejects only the distribution of property on the basis of monopoly, as it everywhere and always exists in the State. That the State is essentially invasion appears in the laws which "not only prescribe personal habits, but, worse still, create and sustain monopolies" and thereby make usury possible.§

1. Usury is the taking of surplus value. "A laborer's product is such portion of the value of that which he delivers to the consumer as his own labor has contributed." The laborer does not get this product, "at least not as laborer; he gains a bare subsistence by his work."** But, "somebody gets the surplus wealth. Who is the somebody?"[766] "The usurer."†*dagger;

"There are three forms of usury: interest on money, rent of land and houses, and profit in exchange. Whoever is in receipt of any of these is a usurer. And who is not? Scarcely any one. The


banker is a usurer; the manufacturer is a usurer; the merchant is a usurer; the landlord is a usurer; and the workingman who puts his savings, if he has any, out at interest, or takes rent for his house or lot, if he owns one, or exchanges his labor for more than an equivalent,—he too is a usurer. The sin of usury is one under which all are concluded, and for which all are responsible. But all do not benefit by it. The vast majority suffer. Only the chief usurers accumulate: in agricultural and thickly settled countries, the landlords; in industrial and commercial countries, the bankers. Those are the Somebodies who swallow up the surplus wealth."*

2. "And where do they get their power? From monopoly maintained by the State. Usury rests on this." And "of the various monopolies that now prevail, four are of principal importance."

"First in the importance of its evil influence they [the founders of Anarchism] considered the money monopoly, which consists of the privilege given by the government to certain individuals, or to individuals holding certain kinds of property, of issuing the circulating medium, a privilege which is now enforced in this country by a national tax of ten per cent. upon all other persons who attempt to furnish a circulating medium, and by State laws making it a criminal offence to issue notes as currency. It is claimed that holders of this privilege control the rate of interest, the rate of rent of houses and buildings, and the


prices of goods,—the first directly, and the second and third indirectly. For, if the business of banking were made free to all, more and more persons would enter into it until the competition should become sharp enough to reduce the price of lending money to the labor cost, which statistics show to be less than three-fourths of one per cent."* "Then down will go house-rent. For no one who can borrow capital at one per cent. with which to build a house of his own will consent to pay rent to a landlord at a higher rate than that." Finally, "down will go profits also. For merchants, instead of buying at high prices on credit, will borrow money of the banks at less than one per cent., buy at low prices for cash, and correspondingly reduce the prices of their goods to their customers."

"Second in importance comes the land monopoly, the evil effects of which are seen principally in exclusively agricultural countries, like Ireland. This monopoly consists in the enforcement by government of land-titles which do not rest upon personal occupancy and cultivation."§ "Ground-rent exists only because the State stands by to collect it and to protect land-titles rooted in force or fraud." "As soon as individuals should no longer be protected in anything but personal occupancy and cultivation of land, ground-rent would disappear, and so usury have one less leg to stand on."


The third and fourth places are occupied by the tariff and patent monopolies.* "The tariff monopoly consists in fostering production at high prices and under unfavorable conditions by visiting with the penalty of taxation those who patronize production at low prices and under favorable conditions. The evil to which this monopoly gives rise might more properly be called misusury than usury, because it compels labor to pay, not exactly for the use of capital, but rather for the misuse of capital." "The patent monopoly protects inventors and authors against competition for a period long enough to enable them to extort from the people a reward enormously in excess of the labor measure of their services,—in other words, it gives certain people a right of property for a term of years in laws and facts of nature, and the power to exact tribute from others for the use of this natural wealth, which should be open to all." It is on the tariff and patent monopolies, next to the money monopoly, that profit in exchange is based. If they were done away along with the money monopoly, it would disappear.§

II. Every one's self-interest, and particularly the equal liberty of all, demands a distribution of property in which every one is guaranteed the product of his labor.

1. "Equal liberty, in the property sphere, is such a balance between the liberty to take and the liberty to keep that the two liberties may coexist without


conflict or invasion."* "Nearly all Anarchists consider labor to be the only basis of the right of ownership in harmony with that law"; "the laborers, instead of having only a small fraction of the wealth in the world, should have all the wealth." This form of property "secures each in the possession of his own products, or of such products of others as he may have obtained unconditionally without the use of fraud or force, and in the realization of all titles to such products which he may hold by virtue of free contract with others."§

"It will be seen from this definition that Anarchistic property concerns only products. But anything is a product upon which human labor has been expended, whether it be a piece of iron or a piece of land. (It should be stated, however, that in the case of land, or of any other material the supply of which is so limited that all cannot hold it in unlimited quantities, Anarchism undertakes to protect no titles except such as are based on actual occupancy and use.)"

2. A distribution of property in which every one is guaranteed the product of his labor presupposes merely that equal liberty be applied in those spheres which are as yet dominated by State monopoly.

"Free money first."** "I mean by free money the utter absence of restriction upon the issue of all money not fraudulent";†† "making the issue of money as free as the manufacture of shoes."‡‡


Money is here understood in the broadest sense, it means both "commodity money and credit money,"* by no means coin alone; "if the idea of the royalty of gold and silver could once be knocked out of the people's heads, and they could once understand that no particular kind of merchandise is created by nature for monetary purposes, they would settle this question in a trice." "If they only had the liberty to do so, there are enough large and small property-holders willing and anxious to issue money, to provide a far greater amount than is needed." "Does the law of England allow citizens to form a bank for the issue of paper money against any property that they may see fit to accept as security; said bank perhaps owning no specie whatever; the paper money not redeemable in specie except at the option of the bank; the customers of the bank mutually pledging themselves to accept the bank's paper in lieu of gold or silver coin of the same face value; the paper being redeemable only at the maturity of the mortgage notes, and then simply by a return of said notes and a release of the mortgaged property,—is such an institution, I ask, allowed by the law of England? If it is, then I have only to say that the working people of England are very great fools not to take advantage of this inestimable liberty."§ Then "competition would reduce the rate of interest on capital to the mere cost of banking, which is much less than one per cent.," for "capitalists will not be able to lend their capital at interest when people can get money at the bank without


interest with which to buy capital outright."* Likewise the charge of rent on buildings "would be almost entirely and directly abolished," and "profits fall to the level of the manufacturer's or merchant's proper wage," "except in business protected by tariff or patent laws."[799] "This facility of acquiring capital will give an unheard-of impetus to business"; "if free banking were only a picayunish attempt to distribute more equitably the small amount of wealth now produced, I would not waste a moment's energy on it."

Free land is needed in the second place.** "'The land for the people,' according to 'Liberty', means the protection of all people who desire to cultivate land in the possession of whatever land they personally cultivate, without distinction between the existing classes of landlords, tenants, and laborers, and the positive refusal of the protecting power to lend its aid to the collection of any rent whatsoever."†† This "system of occupying ownership, accompanied by no legal power to collect rent, but coupled with the abolition of the State-guaranteed monopoly of money, thus making capital readily available,"‡‡ would "abolish ground-rent"§§ and "distribute the increment naturally and quietly among its rightful owners."║║

In the third and fourth place, free trade and freedom of intellectual products are necessary.¶¶ If they were added to freedom in money, "profit on


merchandise would become merely the wages of mercantile labor."* Free trade "would result in a great reduction in the prices of all articles taxed." And "the abolition of the patent monopoly would fill its beneficiaries with a wholesome fear of competition which would cause them to be satisfied with pay for their services equal to that which other laborers get for theirs."

If equal liberty is realized in these four spheres, its realization in the sphere of property follows of itself: that is, a distribution of property in which every one is guaranteed the product of his labor.[811] "Economic privilege must disappear as a result of the abolition of political tyranny." In a society in which there is no more government of man by man, there can be no such things as interest, rent, and profits; every one is guaranteed the ownership of the product of his labor. "Socialism does not say: 'Thou shalt not steal!' It says: 'When all men have Liberty, thou wilt not steal.'"**

3. "Liberty will abolish all means whereby any laborer can be deprived of any of his product; but it will not abolish the limited inequality between one laborer's product and another's."†† "There will remain the slight disparity of products due to superiority of soil and skill. But even this disparity will soon develop a tendency to decrease. Under the new economic conditions and enlarged opportunities resulting


from freedom of credit and land classes will tend to disappear; great capacities will not be developed in a few at the expense of stunting those of the many; freedom of locomotion will be vastly increased; the toilers will no longer be anchored in such large numbers in the present commercial centres, and thus made subservient to the city landlords; territories and resources never before utilized will become easy of access and development; and under all these influences the disparity above mentioned will decrease to a minimum."*

"Probably it will never disappear entirely." "Now, because liberty has not the power to bring this about, there are people who say: We will have no liberty, for we must have absolute equality. I am not of them. If I can go through life free and rich, I shall not cry because my neighbor, equally free, is richer. Liberty will ultimately make all men rich; it will not make all men equally rich. Authority may (and may not) make all men equally rich in purse; it certainly will make them equally poor in all that makes life best worth living."


According to Tucker, the manner in which the change called for by every one's self-interest takes place is to be that those who have recognized the truth shall first convince a sufficient number of people how necessary the change is to their own interests, and that then they all of them, by refusing obedience, abolish


the State, transform law and property, and thus bring about the new condition.

I. First a sufficient number of men are to be convinced that their own interests demand the change.

1. "A system of Anarchy in actual operation implies a previous education of the people in the principles of Anarchy."* "The individual must be penetrated with the Anarchistic idea and taught to rebel." "Persistent inculcation of the doctrine of equality of liberty, whereby finally the majority will be made to see in regard to existing forms of invasion what they have already been made to see in regard to its obsolete forms,—namely, that they are not seeking equality of liberty at all, but simply the subjection of all others to themselves." "The Irish Land League failed because the peasants were acting, not intelligently in obedience to their wisdom, but blindly in obedience to leaders who betrayed them at the critical moment. Had the people realized the power they were exercising and understood the economic situation, they would not have resumed the payment of rent at Parnell's bidding, and to-day they might have been free. The Anarchists do not propose to repeat their mistake. That is why they are devoting themselves entirely to the inculcation of principles, especially of economic principles. In steadfastly pursuing this course regardless of clamor, they alone are laying a sure foundation for the success of the revolution."§

2. In particular, according to Tucker, appropriate means for the inculcation of the Anarchistic idea are


"speech and the press."*—But what if the freedom of speech and of the press be suppressed? Then force is justifiable.

But force is to be used only as a "last resort." "When a physician sees that his patient's strength is being exhausted so rapidly by the intensity of his agony that he will die of exhaustion before the medical processes inaugurated have a chance to do their curative work, he administers an opiate. But a good physician is always loth to do so, knowing that one of the influences of the opiate is to interfere with and defeat the medical processes themselves. It is the same with the use of force, whether of the mob or of the State, upon diseased society; and not only those who prescribe its indiscriminate use as a sovereign remedy and a permanent tonic, but all who ever propose it as a cure, and even all who would lightly and unnecessarily resort to it, not as a cure, but as an expedient, are social quacks."§

Therefore violence "should be used against the oppressors of mankind only when they have succeeded in hopelessly repressing all peaceful methods of agitation." "Bloodshed in itself is pure loss. When we must have freedom of agitation, and when nothing but bloodshed will secure it, then bloodshed is wise." "As long as freedom of speech and of the press is not struck down, there should be no resort to physical force in the struggle against oppression. It must not be inferred that, because 'Libertas' thinks it may become


advisable to use force to secure free speech, it would therefore sanction a bloody deluge as soon as free speech had been struck down in one, a dozen, or a hundred instances. Not until the gag had become completely efficacious would 'Libertas' advise that last resort, the use of force."* "Terrorism is expedient in Russia and inexpedient in Germany and England."—In what form is violence to be used? "The days of armed revolution have gone by. It is too easily put down." "Terrorism and assassination"§ are necessary, but they "will have to consist of a series of acts of individual dynamiters."

3. But, besides speech and the press, there are yet other methods of "propagandism."

Such a method is "isolated individual resistance to taxation."** "Some year, when an Anarchist feels exceptionally strong and independent, when his conduct can impair no serious personal obligations, when on the whole he would a little rather go to jail than not, and when his property is in such shape that he can successfully conceal it, let him declare to the assessor property of a certain value, and then defy the collector to collect. Or, if he have no property, let him decline to pay his poll tax. The State will then be put to its trumps. Of two things one,—either it will let him alone, and then he will tell his neighbors all about it, resulting the next year in an alarming disposition on their part to keep their own money in


their own pockets; or else it will imprison him, and then by the requisite legal processes he will demand and secure all the rights of a civil prisoner and live thus a decently comfortable life until the State shall get tired of supporting him and the increasing number of persons who will follow his example. Unless, indeed, the State, in desperation, shall see fit to make its laws regarding imprisonment for taxes more rigorous, and then, if our Anarchist be a determined man, we shall find out how far a republican government, 'deriving its just powers from the consent of the governed,' is ready to go to procure that 'consent,'—whether it will stop at solitary confinement in a dark cell or join with the czar of Russia in administering torture by electricity. The farther it shall go the better it will be for Anarchy, as every student of the history of reform well knows. Who shall estimate the power for propagandism of a few cases of this kind, backed by a well-organized force of agitators outside the prison walls?"*

Another method of propaganda consists in "a practical test of Anarchistic principles." But this cannot take place in isolated communities, but only "in the very heart of existing industrial and social life." "In some large city fairly representative of the varied interests and characteristics of our heterogeneous civilization let a sufficiently large number of earnest and intelligent Anarchists, engaged in nearly all the different trades and professions, combine to carry on their production and distribution on the cost principle, and,"§ "setting at defiance the national and State


banking prohibitions,"* "to start a bank through which they can obtain a non-interest-bearing currency for the conduct of their commerce and dispose their steadily accumulating capital in new enterprises, the advantages of this system of affairs being open to all who should choose to offer their patronage,—what would be the result? Why, soon the whole composite population, wise and unwise, good, bad, and indifferent, would become interested in what was going on under their very eyes, more and more of them would actually take part in it, and in a few years, each man reaping the fruit of his labor and no man able to live in idleness on an income from capital, the whole city would become a great hive of Anarchistic workers, prosperous and free individuals."

II. If a sufficient number of persons are convinced that their self-interest demands the change, then the time is come to abolish the State, transform law and property, and bring about the new condition, by "the Social Revolution," i. e. by as general a refusal of obedience as possible. The State "is sheer tyranny, and has no rights which any individual is bound to respect; on the contrary, every individual who understands his rights and values his liberties will do his best to overthrow it."§

1. Many believe "that the State cannot disappear until the individual is perfected.

"In saying which, Mr. Appleton joins hands with those wise persons who admit that Anarchy will be practicable when the millennium arrives. No doubt it is true that, if the individual could perfect himself


while the barriers to his perfection are standing, the State would afterwards disappear. Perhaps, too, he could go to heaven, if he could lift himself by his boot-straps."* "'Bullion' thinks that 'civilization consists in teaching men to govern themselves and then letting them do it.' A very slight change suffices to make this stupid statement an entirely accurate one, after which it would read: 'Civilization consists in teaching men to govern themselves by letting them do it.'" Therefore it is necessary to "abolish the State" by "the impending social revolution."§

2. Others have the "fallacious idea that Anarchy can be inaugurated by force."

In what way it is to be inaugurated is solely a question of "expediency." "To brand the policy of terrorism and assassination as immoral is ridiculously weak. 'Liberty' does not assume to set any limit on the right of an invaded individual to choose his own methods of defence. The invader, whether an individual or a government, forfeits all claim to consideration from the invaded. This truth is independent of the character of the invasion. It makes no difference in what direction the individual finds his freedom arbitrarily limited; he has a right to vindicate it in any case, and he will be justified in vindicating it by whatever means are available."**

"The right to resist oppression by violence is beyond doubt. But its exercise would be unwise unless the suppression of free thought, free speech, and a


free press were enforced so stringently that all other means of throwing it off had become hopeless."* "If government should be abruptly and entirely abolished to-morrow, there would probably ensue a series of physical conflicts about land and many other things, ending in reaction and a revival of the old tyranny. But, if the abolition of government shall take place gradually, it will be accompanied by a constant acquisition and steady spreading of social truth."

3. The social revolution is to come about by passive resistance; that is, refusal of obedience.

"Passive resistance is the most potent weapon ever wielded by man against oppression."§ "'Passive resistance,' said Ferdinand Lassalle, with an obtuseness thoroughly German, 'is the resistance which does not resist.' Never was there a greater mistake. It is the only resistance which in these days of military discipline meets with any result. There is not a tyrant in the civilized world to-day who would not do anything in his power to precipitate a bloody revolution rather than see himself confronted by any large fraction of his subjects determined not to obey. An insurrection is easily quelled, but no army is willing or able to train its guns on inoffensive people who do not even gather in the street but stay at home and stand back on their rights."

"Power feeds on its spoils, and dies when its victims refuse to be despoiled. They can't persuade it to death; they can't vote it to death; they can't shoot


it to death; but they can always starve it to death. When a determined body of people, sufficiently strong in numbers and force of character to command respect and make it unsafe to imprison them, shall agree to quietly close their doors in the faces of the tax-collector and the rent-collector, and shall, by issuing their own money in defiance of legal prohibition, at the same time cease paying tribute to the money-lord, government, with all the privileges which it grants and the monopolies which it sustains, will go by the board."[856]

Consider "the enormous and utterly irresistible power of a large and intelligent minority, comprising say one-fifth of the population in any given locality," refusing to pay taxes.[857] "I need do no more than call attention to the wonderfully instructive history of the Land League movement in Ireland, the most potent and instantly effective revolutionary force the world has ever known so long as it stood by its original policy of 'Pay No Rent,' and which lost nearly all its strength the day it abandoned that policy. But it was pursued far enough to show that the British government was utterly powerless before it; and it is scarcely too much to say, in my opinion, that, had it been persisted in, there would not to-day be a landlord in Ireland. It is easier to resist taxes in this country than it is to resist rent in Ireland; and such a policy would be as much more potent here than there as the intelligence of the people is greater, providing always that you can enlist in it a sufficient number of earnest and determined men and women.


If one-fifth of the people were to resist taxation, it would cost more to collect their taxes, or try to collect them, than the other four-fifths would consent to pay into the treasury."[858]


[655] [Recognized by Tucker as the originator of Anarchism, so far as any man can claim this title. See Bailie's life of Warren.]

[656] [At present (1908) a bi-monthly magazine.]

[657] [Or rather a selection.]

[658] Tucker p. 21.

[659] Ib. p. 112.

[660] Ib. p. 24.

[661] Ib. pp. 24, 64.

[662] Ib. p. 64.

[663] Tucker p. 35. [This passage refers merely to what it mentions, the alleged intent utterly to destroy society. As to identity of interests, I believe Tucker's position is that the interest of society is that of almost every individual.]

[664] Ib. p. 24.

[665] Ib. p. 24.

[666] Ib. p. 132.

[667] Ib. p. 42. [Eltzbacher does not seem to perceive that Tucker uses this as a ready-made phrase, coined by Herbert Spencer and designating Spencer's well-known formula that in justice "every man has freedom to do all that he wills, provided he infringes not the equal freedom of any other man."]

[668] Ib. p. 41.

[669] Ib. p. 64.

[670] Tucker p. 35. [This citation is again irrelevant, but Eltzbacher's misapplication of it does not misrepresent Tucker's views.]

[671] Ib. p. 65.

[672] Ib. p. 15.

[673] Ib. p. 59. [It should be understood that a great part of "Instead of a Book" is made up of the reprints of discussions with various opponents whose language is quoted and alluded to.]

[674] Ib. p. 23.

[675] Ib. p. 67.

[676] Ib. p. 153.

[677] Ib. p. 135. [Since the publication of "Instead of a Book" Tucker has had a notable discussion of the child question in "Liberty," which, while developing much disagreement on this point among Tucker's friends, has at least brought definiteness into the judgments passed upon it.]

[678] Tucker p. 78.

[679] Ib. p. 23.

[680] Ib. p. 23.

[681] Ib. p. 59. [The wording of this clause is so thoroughly Eltzbacher's own that his quotation-marks appear unjustifiable; but the doctrine is Tucker's.]

[682] Ib. p. 81.

[683] Ib. p. 80.

[684] Ib. p. 167.

[685] Tucker p. 23.

[686] Ib. pp. 60, 52, 158, 104, 167.

[687] Ib. p. 25.

[688] Ib. p. 60. [But see below, page 200, where Tucker's page 60 is quoted verbatim.]

[689] Ib. p. 312.

[690] Ib. p. 312. [Tucker is not likely to think that he is fairly represented without a fuller quotation: "not only the facts, but the law, the justice of the law, its applicability to the given circumstances, and the penalty or damage to be inflicted because of its infraction." He would emphasize "the justice of the law"—a juryman will disregard a law that he disapproves. Tucker here prefixes "All rules and laws will be little more than suggestions for the guidance of juries." Nevertheless the juryman is to be guided by norm and not by caprice: see "Liberty" Sept. 7, 1895, where he says: "I am asked by a correspondent if I would 'passively see a woman throw her baby into the fire as a man throws his newspaper'. It is highly probable that I would interfere in such a case. But it is as probable, and perhaps more so, that I would personally interfere to prevent the owner of a masterpiece by Titian from applying the torch to the canvas. My interference in the former case no more invalidates the mother's property right in her child than my interference in the latter case would invalidate the property right of the owner of the painting. If I interfere in either case, I am an invader, acting in obedience to my injured feelings. As such I deserve to be punished. I consider that it would be the duty of a policeman in the service of the defence association to arrest me for assault. On my arraignment I should plead guilty, and it would be the duty of the jury to impose a penalty on me. I might ask for a light sentence on the strength of the extenuating circumstances, and I believe that my prayer would be heeded. But, if such invasions as mine were persisted in, it would become the duty of the jury to impose penalties sufficiently severe to put a stop to them."]

[691] Tucker p. 312.

[692] Ib. p. 52.

[693] Ib. pp. 156-7. [Compare the exact words of this passage as quoted on page 200 below.]

[694] Ib. p. 131. [Not verbatim.]

[695] Ib. p. 60.

[696] Ib. p. 61.

[697] Tucker p. 52.

[698] Ib. p. 24.

[699] Ib. pp. 146, 350.

[700] Ib. p. 48.

[701] Ib. p. 48.

[702] Ib. p. 158.

[703] Ib. p. 51.

[704] Ib. p. 158.

[705] Tucker pp. 157-8.

[706] Ib. p. 25.

[707] Ib. p. 22.

[708] Ib. p. 23.

[709] Ib. p. 23.

[710] Tucker p. 22.

[711] Ib. p. 23.

[712] Ib. p. 169.

[713] Ib. p. 115. [The words are Lucien V. Pinney's, but Tucker quotes them approvingly.]

[714] Ib. pp. 426-7.

[715] Ib. p. 57.

[716] Ib. p. 25.

[717] Tucker pp. 25-6.

[718] Ib. p. 57.

[719] Ib. p. 26.

[720] Ib. p. [32-]33.

[721] Tucker p. 54.

[722] Ib. p. 53.

[723] Ib. pp. 26-7.

[724] Ib. pp. 158-9.

[725] Tucker p. 44. [See my note below, page 195.]

[726] Ib. p. 35.

[727] Ib. p. 321.

[728] Ib. p. 32.

[729] Ib. p. 44. [Or rather p. 167, and sundry other passages; on p. 44 see my note below, page 195.]

[730] Ib. p. 342.

[731] Ib. p. 48.

[732] Tucker pp. 44-5. [All this is a discussion of the characteristics which the State of to-day would have to possess if it were to deserve to be characterized as a voluntary association. The same conditions must of course be fulfilled by any future voluntary association; but it does not follow that all the points mentioned are such as Anarchistic associations would have most occasion to contemplate.]

[733] Tucker p. 56.

[734] Ib. pp. 56-7.

[735] Ib. p. 24.

[736] Ib. p. 44. [For context and limitations see page 195 of the present book.]

[737] Ib. p. 158.

[738] Ib. p. 32. [It is not necessary that taxation exist, though it may be altogether presumable that it will. Still less is it necessary that the taxation be considerable in amount.]

[739] Tucker pp. 36-7.

[740] Ib. p. 37.

[741] Ib. p. 43.

[742] Tucker p. 414.

[743] Ib. p. 159. [Tucker himself would assuredly have given the emphasis of "especially" to the mutual banks. The defensive associations receive especially frequent mention because of the need of incessantly answering the objection "If we lose the State, who will protect us against ruffians?" but Tucker certainly expects that the defensive association will from the start fill a much smaller sphere in every respect than the present police. See e. g. "Instead of a Book" p. 40.]

[744] Ib. p. 25.

[745] Ib. p. 25.

[746] Ib. p. 52.

[747] Ib. p. 40.

[748] Tucker p. 32.

[749] Ib. pp. 326-7.

[750] Ib. p. 36.

[751] Ib. p. 167. [But the restraint of aggressions against those with whom the association has no contract, and also the possible refusal to pay any attention to some particular class of aggressions which it may be thought best to let alone, are optional; in these respects the association will do what seems best to serve the interests (including the pleasure, altruistic or other) of its members; those who do not approve the policy adopted may quit the association if they like.]

[752] Tucker p. 39.

[753] Ib. p. 55 [where Tucker explicitly refuses to approve this statement unless he is allowed to add the caveat "if by the words wrong doing is meant invasion"].

[754] Ib. p. 56.

[755] Ib. p. 56.

[756] Ib. pp. 156-7. [But accompanied by a disapproval of the ordinary practice of capital punishment.]

[757] Ib. p. 60 [where the particular torture under discussion is failure to "feed, clothe, and make comfortable" the prisoners].

[758] Ib. p. 312. [But "Anarchism, as such, neither believes nor disbelieves in jury trial; it is a matter of expediency," pp. 55-6.]

[759] Tucker p. 56.

[760] Ib. p. 312.

[761] Ib. p. 26.

[762] Ib. p. 178.

[763] Ib. pp. 178, 177.

[764] Ib. p. 241.

[765] Ib. p. 177. [This is given as an answer to the question here quoted next, about "surplus wealth."]

[766] Ib. p. 177. [Quoted from N. Y. "Truth."]

[767] Ib. p. 178.

[768] Tucker p. 178.

[769] Ib. p. 178. [Not verbatim.]

[770] Ib. p. 11.

[771] Tucker p. 11.

[772] Ib. p. 12.

[773] Ib. p. 12.

[774] Ib. p. 12.

[775] Ib. p. 178.

[776] Ib. p. 12. [This is given as the view of Proudhon and Warren; the next sentence states Tucker's belief that for perfect correctness it should be modified by admitting that a small fraction of ground-rent, tending constantly to a minimum, would persist even then, but would be no cause for "serious alarm."]

[777] Tucker pp. 12-13.

[778] Ib. p. 12.

[779] Ib. p. 13.

[780] Ib. pp. 12-13, 178.

[781] Ib. pp. 59-60.

[782] Tucker p. 67.

[783] Ib. p. 131.

[784] Ib. p. 185. [Quoted, with express approval, from A. B. Brown.]

[785] Ib. p. 60.

[786] Ib. p. 61.

[787] Ib. p. 178.

[788] Ib. p. 273.

[789] Ib. p. 274.

[790] Ib. p. 374.

[791] Tucker p. 272.

[792] Ib. p. 198.

[793] Ib. p. 248.

[794] Ib. p. 226.

[795] Ib. p. 474.

[796] Tucker p. 287.

[797] Ib. pp. 274-5.

[798] Ib. p. 287.

[799] Ib. p. 178.

[800] Ib. p. 11.

[801] Ib. p. 243.

[802] Ib. p. 275.

[803] Ib. p. 299.

[804] Ib. p. 325.

[805] Ib. p. 275.

[806] Ib. p. 325. [Meaning, of course, John Stuart Mill's "unearned increment" in the value of land.]

[807] Ib. pp. 12-13.

[808] Tucker pp. 474, 178.

[809] Ib. p. 12.

[810] Ib. p. 13.

[811] Ib. p. 403.

[812] Ib. p. 403.

[813] Ib. p. 470.

[814] Ib. p. 362. ["Socialism" is here used as including Anarchism; and Tucker prefers so to use the word.]

[815] Ib. p. [347-]348.

[816] Tucker pp. 332-3.

[817] Ib. p. 333.

[818] Ib. p. 348.

[819] Tucker p. 104.

[820] Ib. p. 114.

[821] Ib. pp. 77-8.

[822] Ib. p. 416.

[823] Tucker pp. 397, 413.

[824] Ib. p. 413.

[825] Ib. p. 397.

[826] Ib. p. 428.

[827] Ib. p. 428 [where the subject is not "violence" of all sorts great and small, but "terrorism and assassination"].

[828] Ib. p. 439.

[829] Tucker p. 397.

[830] Ib. p. 428.

[831] Ib. p. 440.

[832] Ib. p. 428 [with limiting context quoted above, page 211]

[833] Ib. p. 440.

[834] Ib. p. 45.

[835] Ib. p. 45 [where nothing is said as to whether the work is the better or the worse for being "isolated"].

[836] Tucker p. 412.

[837] Ib. p. 423.

[838] Ib. p. 423.

[839] Ib. p. 423.

[840] Tucker p. 27.

[841] Ib. pp. 423-4.

[842] Ib. pp. 416, 439.

[843] Ib. p. 45.

[844] Tucker p. 114.

[845] Ib. p. 158.

[846] Ib. p. 114.

[847] Ib. p. 487.

[848] Ib. p. 427.

[849] Ib. p. 429.

[850] Ib. pp. 428-9.

[851] Tucker p. 439.

[852] Ib. p. 329 [where the course it must take is somewhat more precisely described].

[853] Ib. p. 413.

[854] Ib. p. 415.

[855] Ib. p. 413.

[856] Tucker pp. 415-16.

[857] Ib. p. 412.

[858] Tucker pp. 412-13. [This chapter should be completed by a mention of Tucker's doctrine that we must expect Anarchy to be established by gradually getting rid of one oppression after another till at last all the domination of violence shall have disappeared. See, for instance, "Liberty" for December, 1900: "The fact is that Anarchist society was started thousands of years ago, when the first glimmer of the idea of liberty dawned upon the human mind, and has been advancing ever since,—not steadily advancing, to be sure, but fitfully, with an occasional reversal of the current. Mr. Byington looks upon the time when a jury of Anarchists shall sit, as a point not far from the beginning of the history of Anarchy's growth, whereas I look upon that time as a point very near the end of that history. The introduction of more Anarchy into our economic life will have made marriage a thing of the past long before the first drawing of a jury of Anarchists to pass upon any contract whatever." Also "Instead of a Book" p. 104: "Anarchists work for the abolition of the State, but by this they mean not its overthrow, but, as Proudhon put it, its dissolution in the economic organism. This being the case, the question before us is not, as Mr. Donisthorpe supposes, what measures and means of interference we are justified in instituting, but which ones of those already existing we should first lop off." Tucker has lately been laying more emphasis on this view than on the more programme-like propositions cited by Eltzbacher, which date from the first six years of the publication of "Liberty." Indeed, I am sure I remember that somewhere lately, being challenged as to the feasibility of some of the latter, he admitted that those precise forms of action might perhaps not be adequate to bring the State to its end, and added that the end of the State is at present too remote to allow us to specify the processes by which it must ultimately be brought about. All this, however, does not mean that Tucker's faith in passive resistance as the most potent instrument discoverable both for propaganda and for the practical winning of liberty has grown weaker; he has no more given up this principle than he has given up the plan of propaganda by discussion.]


Tolstoi's Teaching


1. Lef Nikolayevitch Tolstoi was born in 1828 at Yasnaya Polyana, district of Krapivna, government of Tula.  From 1843 to 1846 he studied in Kazan at first oriental languages, then jurisprudence.  After a lengthy stay at Yasnaya Polyana, he entered an artillery regiment in the Caucasus, in 1851; he became an officer, remained in Caucasus til 1853, then served in the Crimean war, and left the army in 1855.

Tolstoi now lived at first in St. Petersburg.  In 1857, he took a lengthy tour in Germany, France, Italy, and Switzerland.  After his return he lived mostly in Moscow till 1860.  IN 1860-1861 he traveled in Germany, France, Italy, England, and Belgium; in Brussels he made the acquaintance of Prouhon.

Since 1861 Tolstoi has lived almost uninterruptedly at Yasnaya Polyana, as at once agriculturist and author.

Tolstoi has published numerous works; his works up to 1878 are mostly stories, among which the two novels "War and Peace"and "Anna Karenina"are notable; his later works are mostly of a philosophical nature.



2. Of special importance for Tolstoi's teaching about law, the State, and property are his works "My Confession"(1879), "The Gospel in Brief"(1880),  "What I Believe"(1884) [also known in English as "My Religion"], "What Shall We Do Then?"(1885), "On Life"(1887), "The Kingdom Of God is Within You; or, Christianity not a mystical doctrine, but a new life-conception"(1893).

3. Tolstoi does not call his teaching about law, the State, and property "Anarchism."  He designates as "Anarchism"the teaching which sets up as its goal a life without government and wishes to see this realized by the application of force.*


According to Tolstoi our supreme law is love; from this he derives the commandment not to resist evil by force.

1. Tolstoi designates "Christianity"as his basis; but by Christianity he means not the doctrine of one of the Christian churches, neither the Orthodox nor the Catholic nor that of any of the Protestant bodies, but the pure teaching of Christ.

  "Strange as it may sound, the churches have always been not merely alien but downright hostile to the techings of Christ, and they must needs to be so.  The churches are not, as many think, institutions that are based on a Christian origin and have only erred a little from the right way;  the churches, as such, as


associations that assert their infallibility, are anti-Christian institutions. The Christian churches and Christianity have no fellowship except in name; nay, the two are utterly opposite and hostile elements. The churches are arrogance, violence, usurpation, rigidity, death; Christianity is humility, penitence, submissiveness progress, life."* The church has "so transformed Christ's teaching to suit the world that there no longer resulted from it any demands, and that men could go on living as they had hitherto lived. The church yielded to the world, and, having yielded, followed it. The world did everything that it chose, and left the church to hobble after as well as it could with its teachings about the meaning of life. The world led it life, contrary to Christ's teaching in each and every point, and the church contrived subtleties to demonstrate that in living contrary to Christ's law men were living in harmony with it. And it ended in the world's beginning to lead a life worse than the life of the heathen, and the church's daring not only to justify such a life but even to assert that this was precisely what corresponded to Christ's teaching."

Particularly different from Christ's teaching is the church 'creed," — that is, the totality of the utterly incomprehensible and therefore useless "dogmas."§ "Of a God, external creator, origin of all origins, we know nothing";|| "god is the spirit in man," "his conscience,"** "the knowledge of life";††


"every man recognizes in himself a free rational spirit independent of the flesh: this spirit is what we call God."* Christ was a man, "the son of an unknown father; as he did not know his father, in his childhood he called God his father"; and he was a son of God as to his spirit, as every man is a son of God,§ he embodied "Man confessing his sonship of God."|| Those who "assert that Christ professed to redeem with his blood mankind fallen by Adam, that God is a trinity, that the Holy Spirit descended upon the apostles and that it passes to the priest by the laying on of hands, that seven mysteries are necessary to salvation, and so forth," "preach doctrines utterly alien to Christ."**

"Never did Christ with a single word attest the personal resurrection and the immortality of man beyond the grave,:†† which indeed is "a very low and coarse idea";‡‡ the Ascension and the Resurrection are to be counted among " the most objectionable miracles."§§

Tolstoi accepts Christ's teaching as valid not on the ground of faith in a revelation, but solely for its rationality. Faith in a revelation "was the main reason why the teaching was at first misunderstood and later mutilated outright." Faith in Christ is "not a trusting in something related to Christ, but he knowledge of the truth."¶¶

"There is a law of evolution, and therefore one must live only his own personal life and leave the rest


to the law of evolution,' is the last word of the defined culture of our day, and, at the same time, of that obscuration of consciousness to which the cultured classes are a prey."* But "human life, from getting up in the morning to going to bed at night, is an unbroken series of actions; man must daily choose out from hundreds of actions possible to him those actions which he will perform; therefore, man cannot live without something to guide the choice of his actions," Now, reason alone can offer him this guide. "Reason is that law, recognized by man, according to which his life is to be accomplished." "If there is no higher reason,  and such there is not, nor can anything prove its existence,  then my reason is the supreme judge of my life." § "The ever-increasing subjugation" "of the bestial personality to the rational consciousness" is "the true life,"** is "life"†† as opposed to mere "existence."‡‡

"It used to be said, 'Do not argue, but believe in the duty that we have prescribed to you; reason will deceive you; faith alone will bring you the true happiness of life.' And the man exerted himself to believe, and he believed. But intercourse with other men showed him that in many cases these believed something quite different, and asserted that this other faith bestowed the highest happiness. It has become unavoidable to decide the question which of the many faiths is the right one; and only reason can decided this"§§ If the Buddhist who has learned to know


Islam remains a Buddhist, he is no longer a Buddhist in faith but in reason. As soon as another faith comes up before him, and with it the question whether to reject his faith or this other, reason alone can give him an answer. If he has learned to know Islam and has still remained a Buddhist, then rational conviction has taken the place of his former blind faith in Buddha."* "Man recognizes truth only by reason, not by faith."

"The law of reason reveals itself to men gradually." "Eighteen hundred years ago there appeared in the midst of the pagan Roman world a remarkable new teaching, which was not comparable to any that had preceded it, and which was ascribed to a man called Christ."§ This teaching contains" the very strictest, purest, and completest" apprehension of the law of reason to which "the human mind has hitherto raised itself." Christ's teaching is "reason itself";** it must be accepted by men because it alone gives those rules of life "without which no man ever has lived or can live, if he would live as a man, —that is, with reason."†† Man has, "on the basis of reason, no right to refuse allegiance to it."‡‡

2. Christ's teaching sets up love as the supreme law for us.

What is love? "What men who do not understand life call;love' is only the giving to certain conditions of their personal comfort a preference over any


others. When the man who does not understand life says that he loves his wife or child or friend, he means by this only that his wife's child's or friend's presence in his life heightens his personal comfort."*

"True love is always renunciation of one's personal comfort" for a neighbor's sake. True love "is a condition of wishing well to all men, such as commonly characterizes children but is produced in grown men only by self-abnegation." "What living man does not know the happy feeling, even if he has felt it only once and in most cases only in earliest childhood, of that emotion in which one wishes to love everybody, neighbors and father and mother and brothers and bad men and enemies and dog and horse and grass; one wishes only one thing, that it were well with all, that all were happy; and still more does one wish that he were himself capable of making all happy, one wishes he might give himself, give his whole life, that all might be well off and enjoy themselves. Just this, this alone, is that love in which man;s life consists."§

True love is "an ideal of full, infinite, divine perfection." "Divine perfection is the asymptote of human life, toward which it constantly strives, to which it draws nearer and nearer, but which can be attained only at infinity" "True life, according to previous teachings,consists in the fulfilling of commandments, the fulfilling of the law; according to Christ;s teaching it consists in the maximum approach to the divine perfection which has been exhibited, and which is felt in himself by every man."**


According to the teaching of Christ, love is our highest law. "The commandment of love is the expression of the inmost heart of the teaching."* There are "three conceptions of life, and only three: first the personal or bestial, second the social of heathenish,"†† "third the Christian or divine." The man of the bestial conception of life, "the savage, acknowledges life only in himself; the mainspring of his life is personal enjoyment. The heathenish, social man recognizes life no longer in himself alone, but in community of persons, in the tribe, the family, the race, the State; the mainspring of his life is reputation. The man of the divine conception of life acknowledges life no longer in his person, nor yet in a community of persons, but in the prime source of eternal, never-dying life in God; the mainspring of his life-is love."§

That love is our supreme law according to Christ's teaching means nothing else than that it is such according to reason. As early as 1852 Tolstoi gives utterance to the thought "That love and beneficence are truth is the only truth on earth," and much later, in 1887, he calls love "man's only rational activity," that which "resolves all the contradictions of human life."** Love abolishes the insensate activity directed to the filling of the bottomless tub of our bestial personality,†† does away with the foolish fight between beings that strive after their own happiness,‡‡


gives a meaning independent of space and time to life, which without it would flow off without meaning in the face of death.*

3. From the law of love Christ's teaching derives the commandment not to resist evil by force. "'Resist not evil' means 'never resist the evil man', that is, 'never do violence to another', that is, 'never commit an act that is contrary to love'."

Christ expressly derived this commandment from the law of love. He gave numerous commandments, among which five in the Sermon on the Mount are notable; 'these commandments do not constitute the teaching, they only form one of the numberless stages of approach to perfection" they "are all negative, and only show"§ what "at mankind's present age" we "have already the full possibility of not doing, along the road by which we are striving to reach perfection;" The first of the five commandments of the Sermon on the Mount reads "Keep the peace with all, and if the peace is broken use every effort to restore it"** the second says"Let the man take only one woman and the woman only one man, and let neither forsake the other under any pretext"; the third, "make no vows"‡‡ the fourth, "endure injury, return not evil for evil"§§ the fifth, "break not the peace to benefit thy people."║║ Among these commandments the fourth is the most important; it is enunciated in the fifth chapter of Matthew, verses


38-9: "Ye have heard that it was said, Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth. But I say to you, Resist not evil" Tolstoi tells how to him this passage "became the key of the whole." "I neened only to take these words simply and downrightly, as they were spoken, and at once everything in Christ's whole teaching that had seemed confused to me, not only in the Sermon on the Mount but in the Gospels altogether, was comprehensible to me, and everything that had been contradictory agreed, and the main gist appeared no longer useless but a necessity; everything formed a whole, and the one confirmed the other past a doubt, like the pieces of a shattered column that one has rightly put together." The principle of non-resistance binds together "the entire teaching into a whole; but only within it is no mere dictum but a peremptory rule, a law."§ "It is really the key that opens everything, but only when it goes into the inmost of the lock."

We must necessarily derive the commandment not to resist evil by force from the law of love. For this demands that either a sure, indisputable criterion of evil be found, or all violent resistance to evil be abandoned. "Hitherto it has been the business now of the pope, now of an emperor or king, now of an assembly of electrocuted representatives, now of the whole nation, to decide what was to be rated as an evil and combated by violent resistance. But there have always been men, both without and within the State, who have not acknowledged as binding upon them


either the decisions that were given out as divine commandments or the decisions of the men who were clothed with sanctity or the institutions that were supposed to represent the will of the people; men who regarded as good what to the powers that be appeared evil, and who, in opposition to the force of these powers likewise made use of force. The men who were clothed with sanctity regarded as an evil what appeared good to the men and institutions that were clothed with secular authority, and the combat grew ever sharper and sharper. Thus it came to what it has come to to-say, to the complete obviousness of the fact that there is not and cannot be a generally binding external definition of evil."* But from this follows the necessity of accepting the solution given by Christ.

According to Tolstoi, the precept of non-resistance must not be taken "as if it forbade every combat against evil." It forbids only the combating of evil by force.§ But this it forbids in the broadest sense. It refers, therefore, not only to evil practised against ourselves, but also to evil practised against our fellowmen; when Peter cut off the ear of the high priest's servant, he was defending"not himself but his beloved divine Teacher, but Christ forbade him outright and said 'All who take the sword will perish by the sword.'" Nor does the precept say that only a part of men are under obligation "to submit without a


contest to what is prescribed to them by certain authorities,"* but it forbids "everybody, therefore even those in whom power is vested, and these especially, to use force in any case against anybody."

3. LAW

I. For love's sake,particularly on the ground of the commandment not to resist evil by force, Tolstoi rejects law; not unconditionally, indeed, but as an institution for the more highly developed peoples of our time. To be sure, he speaks only of enacted laws; but he means all law, for he rejects on principle every norm based on the will of men,§ upheld by human force, especially by courts, capable of deviating from the moral law,** off being different in different territories,†† and of being at any time arbitrarily changed.‡‡

Perhaps once upon a time law was better than its non-existence. Law is "upheld by violence";§§ on the other hand, it guards against violence of individuals to each other;║║ perhaps there was once a time when the former violence was less than the latter.¶¶ Now, at any rate, this time is past for us; manners have grown milder; the men of our time "acknowledge the commandments of philanthropy, of sympathy with one's neighbor, and ask only the possibility of quiet, peaceable life."***


Law offends against the commandment not to resist evil by force.* Christ declared this. The words "Judge no, that ye be not judged" (Matt. 7.1), "condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned" (Luke 6.37), "mean not only 'do not judge your neighbor in words,' but also 'do not condemn him by act; do not judge your neighbor according to your human laws by your courts.'" Christ here speaks not merely "of every individual's personal relation to the court," but rejects "the administration of law itself."§ "He says, 'You believe that your laws better the evil; they only make it greater; there is only one way to check evil, and this consists in returning good for evil, and this consists in returning good for evil, doing good to all without discrimination.'" And "my heart and my reason." say to me the same as Christ says.

But this is not they only objection to be made against law. "Authority condemns in the rigid form of law only what public opinion has in most cases long since disallowed and condemned; withal, public opinion disallows and condemns all actions that are contrary to the moral law, but the law condemns and prosecutes only the actions included within certain quite definite and very narrow limits, and thereby, in measure, justifies all similar actions that do not come within these limits. Ever since Moses's day public opinion has regarded selfishness, sensuality, and cruelty as evils and has condemned it; it has repudiated and condemned every for of selfishness, not only the appropriation of others' property by force,


fraud, or guile, but exploitation altogether; it has condemned every sort of unchastity, be it with a concubine, a slave, a divorced woman, or even with one's own wife; it has condemned all cruelty, as it finds expression in the ill-treating, starving, and killing not only of men but of animals too. But the law prosecutes only particular forms of selfishness, like theft and fraud, and only particular forms of unchastity and cruelty, like marital infidelity, murder, and mayhem; therefore, in a measure, it permits all the forms of selfishness, unchastity, and cruelty that do not come under its narrow definitions inspired by a false conception."*

"The Jew could easily submit to his laws, for he did not doubt that they were written by God's finger; likewise the Roman, as he thought they originated from the nymph Egeria; and man in general so long as he regarded the princes who gave him laws as God's anointed, or believed that the legislating assemblies had the wish and the capacity to make the best laws." But "as early as the time when Christianity made its appearance men were beginning to comprehend that human laws were written by men; that men, whatever outward splendor may enshroud them, cannot be infallible, and that erring men do not become infallible even by getting together and calling themselves 'Senate' or something else." "We know how laws are made; we have all been behind the scenes; we all know that the laws are products of selfishness, deception, partisanship, that true justice does not and cannot dwell in them."§ Therefore


"the recognition of any special laws is a sign of the crassest ignorance."*

II. Love requires that in place of law it itself be the law for men. From this it follows that instead of law Christ's commandments should be our rule of action. But this is "the Kingdom of God on earth."

"When the day and the hour of the Kingdom of God appear, depends on men themselves alone."§ "Each must only begin to do what we must do, and cease to do what we must not do, and the near future will bring the promised Kingdom of God." "If only everybody would bear witness, in the measure of his strength, to the truth that he knows, or at least not defend as truth the untruth in which he lives, then in this very year 1893 there would take place such changes toward the setting up of truth on earth as we dare not dream of for centuries to come." "Only a little effort more, and the Galilean has won."**

The Kingdom of God is "not outside in the world, but in man's soul."†† "The Kingdom of God cometh not with outward show; neither will men say, 'Lo here!' or, 'There!' for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17.20)."‡‡ The Kingdom of God is nothing else than the following of Christ's commandments, especially the five commandments of the Sermon on the Mount,¶¶ which tell us how we must act in our present stage in order to correspond to the ideal of love as much as possible,║║ and which


command us to keep the peace and do everything for its restoration when it is broken, to remain true to one another as man and wife, to make no vows, to forgive injury and not return evil for evil, and, finally, not to break the peace with anybody for our people's sake.*

But what form will outward life take in the Kingdom of God? "The disciple of Christ will be poor; that is, he will not live in the city but in the country; he will not sit at home, but work in wood and field, see the sunshine, the earth, the sky, and the beasts; he will not worry over what he is to eat to tempt his appetite, and what he can do to help his digestion, but will be hungry three times a day; he will not roll on soft cushions and think upon deliverance from insomnia, but sleep; he will be sick, suffer, and die like all men--the poor who are sick and die seem to have an easier time of it than the rich--"; he "will live in free fellowship with all men"; "the Kingdom of God on earth is the peace of men with each other; thus it appeared to the prophets, and thus it appears to every human heart."


II. Together with law Tolstoi necessarily has to reject also, for the more highly developed nations of our time, the legal institution of the State.

"Perhaps there was once a time when, in a low state of morality with a general inclination of men to mutual violence, the existence of a power limiting this violence was advantageous--that is, in which the


State violence was less than that of individuals against each other. But such an advantage of State violence over its non-existence could not last; the more the individuals' inclination to violence decreased and manners grew milder, and the more the governments degenerated by having nothing to check them, the more worthless did State violence grow. In this change--in the moral evolution of the masses on the one hand and the degeneration of the governments on the other--lies the whole history of the last two thousand years."* "I cannot prove either the general necessity of the State or its general perniciousness,"" "I know only that on the one hand the State is no longer necessary for me, and that on the other hand I can no longer do the things that are necessary for the existence of the State."

"Christianity in its true significance abolishes the State,"§ annihilates all government. The State offends against love, particularly against the commandment not to resist evil by force. And not only this; in founding a dominion** the State furthermore offends against the principle that for love "all men are God's sons and there is equality among them all";†† it is therefore to be rejected even aside from the violence on which it is based as a legal institution. "That the Christian teaching has an eye only to the redemption of the individual, and does not relate to public questions and State affairs, is a bold and unfounded assertion."‡‡ "To every honest, earnest


man in our time it must be clear that true Christianity--the doctrine of humility, forgiveness, love--is incompatible with the State and its haughtiness, its deeds of violence, its capital punishments and wars."* "The State is an idol"; its objectionableness is independent of its form, be this "absolute monarchy, the Convention, the Consulate, the empire of a first or third Napoleon or yet of a Boulanger, constitutional monarchy, the Commune, or the republic."--Tolstoi carries this out into detail.

1. The State is the rule of the bad, raised to the highest pitch.

The State is rule. Government in the State is "an association of men who do violence to the rest." "All governments, the despotic and the liberal alike, have in our time become what Herzen has so aptly called a Jenghis Khan with telegraphs." The men in whom the power is vested "practise violence not in order to overcome evil, but solely for their advantage or from caprice; and the other men submit to the violence not because they believe that it is practised for their good,--that is, in order to liberate them from evil,--but only because they cannot free themselves from it." "If Nice is united with France, Lorraine with Germany, Bohemia with Austria, if Poland is divided, if both Ireland and India are subjected to the English dominion, if people fight with China, kill the Africans, expel the Chinese from America, and persecute the Jews in Russia, it is not because this is good


or necessary or useful for men and the opposite would be evil, but only because it so pleases those in whom the power is vested."

The State is the rule of the bad. "'If the State power were to be annihilated, the wicked would rule over the less wicked,' say the defenders of State rule." But has the power, when it has passed from some men to some others in the State, really always come to the better men? "When Louis the Sixteenth, Robespierre, Napoleon, came to power, who ruled then, the better or the worse? When did the better rule, when the power was vested in the Versaillese or in the Communards, when Charles the First or Cromwell stood at the head of the government? When Peter the Third was czar, and then when after his murder the authority of czar was exercised in one part of Russia by Catharine and in another by Pugatcheff, who was wicked then and who was good? All men who find themselves in power assert that their power is necessary in order that the wicked may not do violence to the good, and regard it as self-evident that they are the good and are giving the rest of the good protection against the bad."§ But in reality those who grasp and hold the power cannot possibly be the better. "In order to obtain and retain power, one must love it. But the effort after power is not apt to be coupled with goodness, but with the opposite qualities, pride, craft, and cruelty. Without exalting self and abasing others, without hypocrisy, lying, prisons, fortresses, penalties, killing, no power can


arise or hold its own."*"It is downright ridiculous to speak of Christians in power." To this it is to be added "that the possession of power depraves men.""The men who have the power cannot but misuse it; they must infallibly be unsettled by such frightful authority."§ "However many means men have invented to hinder the possessors of power from subordinating the welfare of the whole to their own advantage, hitherto not one of these means has worked. Everybody knows that those in whose hands is the power--be they emperors, ministers, chiefs of police, or common policemen--are, just because the power is in their hands, more inclined to immorality, to the subordinating of the general welfare to their advantage, than those who have no power; nor can it be otherwise."

The State is the rule of the bad, raised to the highest pitch. We shall always find "that the scheming of the possessors of authority--nay, their unconscious effort--is directed toward weakening the victims of their authority as much as possible; for, the weaker the victim is, the more easily can he be held down." "To-day there is only one sphere of human activity left that has not been conquered by the authority of government: the sphere of the family, of housekeeping, private life, labor. And even this sphere, thanks to the fighting of the Communists and Socialists, the governments are already beginning to invade, so that soon, if the reformers have their way, work and rest,


housing, clothing, and food, will likewise be fixed and regulated by the governments."* "The most fearful band of robbers is not so horrible as a State organization. Every robber chief is at any rate limited by the fact that the men who make up his band retain at least a part of human liberty, and can refuse to commit acts which are repugnant to their consciences." But in the State there is no such limit; "no crime is so horrible that it will not be committed by the officials and the army at the will of him--Boulanger, Pugatcheff, Napoleon--who accidentally stands at the head."

2. The rule in the State is based on physical force.

Every government has for its prop the fact that there are in the State armed men who are ready to execute the government's will by physical force, a class "educated to kill those whose killing the authorities command."§ Such men are the police and especially the army. The army is nothing else than a collectivity of "disciplined murderers",** its training is "instruction in murdering",†† its victories are "deeds of murder."‡‡ "The army has always formed the basis of power, and does to this day. The power is always in the hands of those who command the army, and, from the Roman Cæsars to the Russian and German emperors, all possessors of power have always cared first and foremost for their armies."§§

In the first place, the army upholds the govern-


ment's rule against external assaults. It protects it against having the rule taken from it by another government.* War is nothing but a contest of two or more governments for the rule over their subjects. It is "impossible to establish international peace in a rational way, by treaty or arbitration, so long as the insensate and pernicious subjection of nations to governments continues to exist." In consequence of this importance of armies "every State is compelled to increase its army to face the others, and this increase has the effect of a contagion, as Montesquieu observed a hundred and fifty years since."

But, if one thinks armies are kept by governments only for external defence, he forgets "that governments need armies particularly to protect them against their oppressed and enslaved subjects."§ "In the German Reichstag lately, in reply to the question why money was needed in order to increase the pay of the petty officers, the chancellor made the direct statement that reliable petty officers were necessary for the combating of Socialism. Caprivi merely said out loud what everybody knows, carefully as it is concealed from the peoples,--the reason why the French kings and the popes kept Swiss and Scots, why in Russia the recruits are so introduced that the interior regiments get their contingents from the frontiers and the frontier regiments theirs from the interior. Caprivi told, by accident, what everybody knows or at least feels,--to wit, that the existing order exists not because it must exist or because the people wills its


existence, but because the government's force, the army with its bribed petty-officers and officers and generals, keeps it up."*

3. The rule in the State is based on the physical force of the ruled.

It is peculiar to government that it demands from the citizens the very force on which it is based, and that consequently in the State "all the citizens are their own oppressors." The government demands from the citizens both force and the supporting of force. Here belongs the obligation, general in Russia, to take an oath at the czar's accession to the throne, for by this oath one vows obedience to the authorities,--that is, to men who are devoted to violence; likewise the obligation to pay taxes, for the taxes are used for works of violence, and the compulsory use of passports, for by taking out a passport one acknowledges his dependence on the State's institution of violence; withal the obligation to testify in court and to take part in the court as juryman, for every court is the fulfilment of the commandment of revenge; furthermore, the obligation to police service which in Russia rests upon all the country people, for this service demands that we do violence to our brother and torment him; and above all the general obligation to military service,--that is, the obligation to be executioners and to prepare ourselves for service as executioners. The unchristianness of the State comes to light most plainly in the general obligation to military service: "every man has to take in hand


deadly weapons, a gun, a knife; and, if he does not have to kill, at least he does have to load the gun and sharpen the knife,--that is, be ready for killing."*

But how comes it that the citizens fulfil these demands of the government, though the government is based on this very fulfilment, and so mutually oppress each other? This is possible only by "a highly artificial organization, created with the help of scientific progress, in which all men are bewitched into a circle of violence from which they cannot free themselves. At present this circle consists of four means of influence; they are all connected and hold each other, like the links of a chain." The first means is "what is best described as the hypnotization of the people." This hypnotization leads men to "the erroneous opinion that the existing order is unchangeable and must be upheld, while in reality it is unchangeable only by its being upheld."§ The hypnotization is accomplished "by fomenting the two forms of superstition called religion and patriotism"; it "begins its influence even in childhood, and continues it till death." With reference to this hypnotization one may say that State authority is based on the fraudulent misleading of public opinion.** The second means consists in "bribery; that is, in taking from the laboring populace its wealth, by money taxes, and dividing this among the officials, who, for this pay, must maintain and strengthen the enslavement of the people."†† The officials "more or less believe in the


unchangeability of the existing order, mainly because it benefits them."* With reference to this bribery one may say that State authority is based on the selfishness of those to whom it guarantees profitable positions. The third means is "intimidation. It consists in setting down the present State order--of whatever sort, be it a free republican order or be it the most grossly despotic--as something sacred and unchangeable, and imposing the most frightful penalties upon every attempt to change it." Finally, the fourth means is to "separate a certain part of all the men whom they have stupefied and bewitched by the three first means, and subject these men to special stronger forms of stupefaction and bestialization, so that they become will-less tools of every brutality and cruelty that the government sees fit to resolve upon."§ This is done in the army, to which, at present, all young men belong by virtue of the general obligation to military service. "With this the circle of violence is made complete. Intimidation, bribery, hypnosis, bring men to enlist as soldiers. The soldiers, in turn, afford the possibility of punishing men, plundering them in order to bribe officials with the money, hypnotizing them, and thus bringing them into the ranks of the very soldiers on whom the power for all this is based."

II. Love requires that a social life based solely on its commandments take the place of the State. "To-day every man who thinks, however little, sees the impossibility of keeping on with the life hitherto lived,


and the necessity of determining new forms of life."* "The Christian humanity of our time must unconditionally renounce the heathen forms of life that it condemns, and set up a new life on the Christian bases that it recognizes."

1. Even after the State is done away, men are to live in societies. But what is to hold them together in these societies?

Not a promise, at any rate. Christ commands us to make "no vows," to "promise men nothing."§ "The Christian cannot promise that he will do or not do a particular thing at a particular hour, because he cannot know what the law of love, which it is the meaning of his life to obey, will demand of him at that hour." And still less can he "give his word to fulfil somebody's will, without knowing what the substance of this will is to be"; by the mere fact of such a promise he would "make it manifest that the inward divine law is no longer the sole law of his life";** "one cannot serve two masters."††

Men are to be held together in societies in future by the mental influence which the men who have made progress in knowledge exert upon the less advanced. "Mental influence is such a way of working upon a man that by it his wishes change and coincide with what is wanted of him; the man who yields to a mental influence acts according to his own wishes."‡‡ Now, the force "by which men can live in societies"§§ is found in the mental influence which the men who


have made progress in knowledge exert upon the less advanced, in the "characteristic of little-thinking men, that they subordinate themselves to the directions of those who stand on a higher level of knowledge."* In consequence of this characteristic "a body of men put themselves under the same rational principles, the minority consciously, because the principles agree with the demands of their reason, and the majority unconsciously, because the principles have become public opinion." "In this subordination there is nothing irrational or self-contradictory."

2. But in the future societary condition how shall the functions which the State at present performs be performed? Here people usually have three things in mind.§

First, protection against the bad men in our midst. "But who are the bad men among us? If there once were such men three or four centuries ago, when people still paraded warlike arts and equipments and looked upon killing as a brilliant deed, they are gone to-day anyhow; nobody any longer carries weapons, everybody acknowledges the commands of philanthropy. But, if by the men from whom the State must protect us we mean the criminals, then we know that they are not special creatures like the wolf among the sheep, but just such men as all of us, who like committing crimes as little as we do; we know that the activity of governments with their cruel forms of punishment, which do not correspond to the present stage of morality, their prisons, tortures, gal-


lows, guillotines, contributes more to the barbarizing of the people than to their culture, and hence rather to the multiplication than to the diminution of such criminals."* If we are Christians and start from the principle that "what our life exists for is the serving of others, then no one will be foolish enough to rob men that serve him of their means of support or to kill them. Miklucho-Maclay settled among the wildest so-called 'savages', and they not only left him alive but loved him and submitted to his authority, solely because he did not fear them, asked nothing of them, and did them good."

*To."Kingdom" p. 96-7.

To. "What I Believe" pp. 247-8.

To. "Reason and Dogma" p. 5

§To. "What I Believe" p. 196.

||To. "Gospel" pp. 51, 29-30.

Ib. p. 47.

**To. "Patriotism" p. 118.

††To. "Gospel" p. 29

p. 222.

*To. "Gospel" p. 50.

To. "On Life" p. 214

To. "Gospel" p. 31

§ Ib. pp. 32 32, 40, 112.

||To. "What I Believe" p. 164.

To. "Gospel" p. 21

**Ib. p. 21.

††To. "What I Believe" pp. 160, 174.

‡‡ Ib. p. 21.

§§To. "Confession" p. 92.

To. "What I Believe" p. 164

¶¶To. "What I Believe" pp. 195-272, "Kingdom" pp. 72-3, "Gospel" p. 5.

p. 223

*To. "Kingdom" p. 234.

To. "On Life" p. 48

Ib. pp. 72, 66.

§ To. "Confession" p. 54.

To. "On Life" p. 101

Ib. p. 100

**Ib. p. 100.

††Ib. pp. 160, 101.

‡‡ Ib. pp. 160, 101.

§§Ib. pp. 262-3.

p. 224.

*To: "On Life" p. 263.

Ib. p. 263.

To. "Religion and Morality" pp. 21-2.

§ To. "Kingdom" p. 71.

To. "Gospel" p. 25

Ib. p. 25

**To. "What I Believe" pp. 139-9.

††Ib. p. 268.

‡‡ Ib. p. 148.

p. 225.

*To. "On Life" pp. 159-60.

Ib. p. 165.

Ib. p. 164.

§ Ib. pp. 170-71.

To. "Kingdom" p. 140.

Ib. p. 139.

**Ib. p. 138.

p. 226.

*To. "Kingdom" p. 142.

††Ib. p. 123.

§ To "Kingdom" pp. 124-5.

To. "Morning" p.p. 70-71.

To. "On Life" p. 148.

**Ib. pp. 147, 148.

††Ib. pp. 122, 133-5, 174, 176.

‡‡ Ib. pp. 121, 174.

p. 227.

*To. "On Life" pp. 26, 122-3, 196, 206.

To. "What I Believe" p. 17.

To. "Kingdom" p. 144.

§ Ib. pp. 142-3.

Ib. p. 160.

Ib. p. 144.

**To. "What I Believe: p. 122.

‡‡ Ib. p.123.

§§Ib. p. 123.

║║Ib. p. 123.

Ib. p. 12.

§ Ib. pp. 21-2.

Ib. p. 22.

p. 229

*To. "Kingdom" pp. 269-70.

Ib. p. 282.

Ib. p. 63

§ To. "What I Believe" pp. 17, 20; "Kingdom" p. 268. [Has Tolstoi compared in a Greek concordance the other occurrences of the word translated "resist"?]

To. "Kingdom" pp. 49-50.

Ib. p. 50.

p. 230

*To. "Kingdom" pp. 268-9.

Ib. p. 269.

["He speaks only of the Gesetz, but he means all Recht"; see footnote on page 145 of the present book.]

§ To. "Kingdom" pp. 268, 300-301.

Ib. pp. 361-2.

To. "What I Believe" pp. 29, 32.

**To. "Kingdom" pp. 361-2, 172.

††Ib. p. 172.

‡‡ Ib. p. 300.

§§Ib. p. 361.

║║ Ib. p. 241.

¶¶Ib. p. 240.

*** Ib. p. 256.

p. 231.

*To. "What I Believe" p.28.

Ib. pp. 28-9.

Ib. p. 32.

§ Ib. p. 32.

Ib. pp. 45-6.

Ib. p. 29.

*To. "Kingdom" pp. 361-2.

Ib. p. 172.

Ib. p. 268.

§ Ib. p. 172.

* To. "What I Believe" p. 120.

Ib. pp. 180, 235.

Ib. pp. 235, 180.

§ To. "Kingdom" p. 393, "What I Believe" p. 121.

To. "Kingdom" pp 393-4.

Ib. pp. 486-7.

** To. "Persecutions" p. 47.

†&dagger To. "Gospel" p. 50

‡‡ To. "Kingdom" p. 526.

§§ To. "What I Believe" p. 121.

║║ To. "Kingdom" pp. 142-3, 144.

* To. "What I Believe" PP. 122-3, 179, 124, 219-20; "Gospel" PP. 59-60; "Kingdom" pp. 143-4.

To. "What I Believe" p. 225.

Ib. p. 225.

§ Ib. p 121.

* To. "Kingdom" pp. 240-41.


Ib. p.336.

Ib. 355-6.

§ Ib. p. 332.

Ib. p. 211.

To. "What I Believe" p. 21: "Persecutions" p.46.

** To. "Kingdom" pp. 209-10.

†† Ib. pp. 167, 164.

‡‡ To. "What I Believe" p. 25.

* To. "Kingdom" p. 332.

To. "What I Believe" p. 50.

To. "Kingdom" pp. 429-30, 244.

§ Ib. pp. 209-10.

Ib. p. 274.

Ib. pp. 271-2.

* To. "Kingdom" p. 271.

Ib. p. 341, 339.

Ib. p. 340.

§ Ib. p.340.

Ib. p. 239.

* To. "Kingdom" pp. 339-40.

Ib. p. 342.

Ib. p. 243.

§ To. "Patriotism" p. 91.

To. "Kingdom" p. 230.

Ib. p. 213.

* To. "Kingdom" p. 281.

Ib. p. 442.

Ib. p. 442.

§ To. "Persecutions" p. 41.

To. "Kingdom" p. 327.

Ib. p. 238.

** To. "Patriotism" p. 120.

†† To. "Kingdom" p. 443.

‡‡ To. "Patriotism" p. 119.

§§ To. "Kingdom" p. 238.

* To. "Kingdom" p. 248-9.

To. "Patriotism" p. 91.

To. "Kingdom" p. 249.

§ Ib. p. 245.

* Ib. p. 245.

Ib. p. 245.

Ib. p. 245.

* To. "What I Believe" pp. 26-7

To. "Kingdom" p/ 274.

Ib. p. 276.

§ Ib. p. 442.

Ib. p. 277.

Ib. p. 276.

** To. "Patriotism" pp. 40-41, 100-102: "Kingdom" pp. 429-32..

†dagger; To. "Kingdom" p. 275.

* To. "Kingdom" p. 422.

Ib. pp. 275-6, 420-22, 444-5.

Ib. p. 278.

§ Ib. p. 278.

Ib. p. 279.

Ib. p. 279.

* To Kingdom" p. 551.: "Patriotism" p. 117.

To. "Kingdom" p. 189.

To. "What I Believe" p. 123.

§ To. "Kingdom" p. 143-4.

Ib. pp. 300-301.

Ib. p. 230.

** Ib. p. 301.

†† Ib. p. 301.

‡‡ Ib. p. 236.

§§ Ib. p. 461.

* To. "Kingdom" p. 461.

Ib. p. 461-2.

Ib. p. 461.

§ Ib. p. 255.

Ib. p. 255.

* To. "Kingdom" p. 255-6.

To. "What I Believe" p. 290.

To. "Kingdom" p. 255, 258.

§r; Ib. p. 258.


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