Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Vol. by Robert Graham PDF

By Robert Graham

ISBN-10: 1551643111

ISBN-13: 9781551643113

Quantity one among Anarchism: A Documentary background of Libertarian principles, is a complete and much ranging selection of anarchist writings from the feudal period (300) to 1939. Edited and brought by means of famous anarchist student Robert Graham, the gathering will contain the definitive texts from the anarchist culture of political suggestion, starting with many of the earliest writings from China and Europe opposed to feudal servitude and authority.

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The object of anarchism, on the other hand, is to extend the principle of equity until it altogether super­ sedes statutory law . . Admittedly a system of equity, no less than a system of law, implies a machinery for determining and administering its principles. I can imagine no society which does not embody some method of arbitration. But just as the judge in equity is supposed to appeal to universal principles of reason , and to ignore statutory law when it comes into conflict with these principles, so the arbiter in an anarchist community will ap­ peal to these same principles, as determined by philosophy or common sense; and will do so unimpeded by all those legal and economic prejudices which the present organization of society entails .

His very "uniqueness," "separateness" and "dif­ ferentiation" make him an alien, not only in his native place, but even in his own home . . Anti-Militarism, War & Revolution /9 In the true sense one's native land, with its background of tradition, early im­ pressions, reminiscences and other things dear to one, is not enough to make sensi­ tive human beings feel at home. A certain atmosphere of "belonging," the consciousness of being "at one" with the people and environment, is more essential to one's feeling of home.

I n sum, they are offering us the makings of another nice little world war in twenty-five or thirty years-if the people of the world are not capable of constituting a true League of Peoples which would guarantee peace and organize the world through social revolu­ tion everywhere. On the other hand, what do the apostles of the "national revolution" have to of­ fer us? They offer a revolution in reverse, which would throw humanity back to the darkest times of its existence, into an abyss of racial and religious fanaticism, a total slavery of the labouring masses and an absolute obliteration of the individual.

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