Friday, 31 July 2009

The Problem of Statism - A Collection of Articles.

* The State: Its Nature, Object, and Destiny by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

* The Immorality of the State by Mikhail Bakunin

* Marxism, Freedom, and the State by Mikhail Bakunin

* God and the State by Mikhail Bakunin



“I think it only makes sense to seek out and identify structures of authority, hierarchy, and domination in every aspect of life, and to challenge them; unless a justification for them can be given, they are illegitimate, and should be dismantled, to increase the scope of human freedom.”

- Noam Chomsky, 'Language and Politics', [Marxism, Anarchism, and Alternative Futures], May 1995"

“To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place[d] under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.”

- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, 'What Is Government', [General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century], 1923"

"Either the state forever, crushing individual and local life, taking over in all fields of human activity, bringing with it its wars and its domestic struggles for power, its palace revolutions which only replace one tyrant by another, and inevitably at the end of this development there is...death! Or, (alternatively), the destruction of the state and new life starting again in thousands of centres on the principle of the lively initiative of the individual and groups and that of the free agreement. The choice lies with you!"

- Pyotr Alexeyevich Kropotkin, 'The State: Its Historic Role', 1897"