Read e-book online Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, Vol. PDF

By Robert Graham

ISBN-10: 1551643111

ISBN-13: 9781551643113

Quantity one in all Anarchism: A Documentary background of Libertarian rules, is a accomplished and much ranging selection of anarchist writings from the feudal period (300) to 1939. Edited and brought through famous anarchist pupil Robert Graham, the gathering will comprise the definitive texts from the anarchist culture of political proposal, starting with many of the earliest writings from China and Europe opposed to feudal servitude and authority.

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The bombs do not hit the su mptuous villas of rich F ascists which are s cattered along the s hores of the bay of N aples ; they hit thos e high storied hous es so crowded one on top of the other that th e s treets are no more than dark passages between them; hous es where people live fou r or five in a room. When German cities are bomb ed it is not the Nazi el ite which suff ers. They have deep and comfortab le s helters just like the el ite in this country. Their families have b een evacu ated to safe d istr ids ur to Switzerland.

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. This holds good in relation to one's family, the smaller local circle, as well as the larger phase of the life and activities commonly called one's country. The individual whose vision encompasses the whole world often feels no­ where so hedged in and out of touch with his surroundi ngs than in his native land. In pre-war times the individual could at least escape national and family bore­ dom.

But if you do believe it, you must logically come to anarchism. Your only alternative is to be a skeptic and authoritarian-a person who has so little faith in the natural order that he will attempt to make the world conform to some artificial sys­ tem of his own devising . . The main thing is to establish your principles-the principles of equal ity, of in­ dividual freedom , of workers' control. The community then aims at the establish­ ment of these principles from the starting point of local needs and local conditions.

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