Statism and Anarchy is a complete English translation of the last work by the great Russian anarchist Michael Bakunin. It was written in , in the aftermath of. Statism and Anarchy has ratings and 20 reviews. Laurent said: I’m going to start by being brutally honest: this book is almost no fun at all, but the. Cambridge Core – European Studies – Bakunin: Statism and Anarchy – edited by Marshall Shatz.

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He also attaches great importance to ethnic conflict in international relations.

They replace the ruler but not the structure of rule. The English and Americans are likened to the Germans, and contrasted with the Latin nations statksm the Slavs.

Works of Mikhail Bakunin

This is a lie, behind which lurks the despotism of the ruling minority, a lie all the more dangerous in that it appears to express the so-called will of the people.

The bourgeoisie and proletariat confront each other as enemies, with no reconciliation possible. In accordance with this belief, we neither intend nor desire to thrust upon our own or any other people any scheme of social organization taken from books or concocted by ourselves.

Under its yoke the communal elections bakknin a mockery, and the persons elected by the people become the tools of the oppressors and the venal servants of the rich landlords. In part one, Robinson introduces Anarcy thoughts on statism and class struggle. This claim can have three possible sources: Secondly, one cannot depend on the friendly cooperation of other states, even when their own interests are involved.


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The one and only function of the State, therefore, is to exploit the Serbian people in order to provide the bureaucrats with all the comforts of life. Every nation has an staatism, and like every individual, it has a right to be itself. The French Revolution thus produced two diametrically opposed trends which finally coalesced into one — the systematic exploitation of the proletariat for the benefit of a diminishing and increasingly wealthy minority of monopolists.

Books by Mikhail Bakunin.

They draw their inspiration from the movement of the people. Every state power, every government, by its very nature places itself outside and over the people and inevitably subordinates them to an organization and to aims which are foreign to and opposed to the real needs and aspirations of the people. It would be sad for mankind if at any time theoretical speculation became the only source of guidance for society, if science alone were in charge of all social administration.

This prediction has certainly been proven to be as such. Reflections on the General Election Wednesday, May 2, But when a man can be driven to desperation, he is then more likely to rebel. There is a flagrant contradiction in this theory. He effectively believes in a certain primacy of active force, which is actualised to some degree in localised social life, but is repressed or turned against itself in capitalist and statist organisations.

Therefore the modern State must strive to be a huge and powerful State: The state and nation both have special historical characters, but they are separate forces, as is shown in wars. The proletariat must take possession of the State by a revolution — an heroic undertaking.


For Bakunin, political statismm cannot be negotiated with or rendered harmless by deals, or bound with pieces of paper such as constitutions and laws ; the only way to pacify it is to destroy it. This is because the state needs to keep people fixated on state morality and opposed to human morality.


We think that people can anarchh free and happy only when organized from the bottom up in completely free and independent associations, without governmental paternalism though not without the influence of a variety of free individuals and parties. On the whole, he associates states with all situations where power-inequalities exist. International Anarchist history Review Anarcho Bakunin. This explains why the patriarchal principle dominates the Miran odious tyranny, a cowardly submission, and the absolute negation of all individual and family rights.

Statism and Anarchy (Texts in the History of Political Thought)

But according to Mr. It is fair to say that this is a book etatism suited for extracts within an anthology — but what extracts they are! We seek this ideal in the people themselves. All revolutionaries should do was participant in social movements, make these instinctive notions conscious by debate and argument.