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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: French
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Product Details

  • Series: Anarchist Classics
  • Paperback: 60 pages
  • Publisher: Freedom Press; Revised edition (January 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0900384336
  • ISBN-13: 978-0900384332
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.2 x 8.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,802,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven H Propp TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 23, 2012
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Pyotr (Peter) Alexeyevich Kropotkin (1842-1921) was a Russian revolutionary anarcho-communist, and the author of works such as Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution, Kropotkin: 'The Conquest of Bread' and Other Writings (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought), Anarchism and Anarchist Communism, etc. This short book was originally a lecture to be given in 1896 in Paris; the lecture was never actually delivered, as the French authorities detained Kropotkin upon his arrival (fearing that his presence would set off demonstrations).

He began the essay by saying, "In taking the State and its historic role as the subject for this study, I think I am ... examining in depth the very concept of the State, of studying its essence, its past role and the part it may be called upon to play in the future." (Pg. 9)

He discusses the origin of those (e.g., the sorcerer, the rain-maker) who became the temporary leaders in the struggles with other tribes or during migrations, adding "But there was no alliance between the bearer of the 'law'...., the military chief and the sorcerer; and the State was no more part of these tribes than it is of the society of bees or ants..." (Pg.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Margart Ilnicki on May 16, 2014
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Really awesome. I agree heavily that the only way to end oppression is through the abolition of the state. Many Ancaps who may or may not belong to the new age movement will insist that there is a possibility of the state slowly eroding away. If the globalists at the top of the hierarchy notice a trend that the state is dying, there is no doubt that they will take catastrophic initiative.
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