Tuesday, January 27, 2009
By Bertrand Russell 1918, Cornwall Press, Inc, Cornwall NY Contents Introduction Part I. Historical I. Max And Socialist Doctrine Ii. Bakunin And Anarchism Iii. The Syndicalist Revolt Part II. Problems Of The Future Iv. Work And Pay V. Government And Law Vi. International Relations Vii. Science And Art Under Socialism Viii.The World As It Could Be Made Index
Anarchism, as its derivation indicates, is the theory which is opposed to every kind of forcible government. It is opposed to the State as the embodiment of the force employed in the government of the community. Such government as Anarchism can tolerate must be free government, not merely in the sense that it is that of a majority, but in the sense that it is that assented to by all. Anarchists object to such institutions as the police and the criminal law, by means of which the will of one part of the community is forced upon another part. In their view, the democratic form of government is not very enormously preferable to other forms so long as minorities are compelled by force or its potentiality to submit to the will of majorities. Liberty is the supreme good in the Anarchist creed, and liberty is sought by the direct road of abolishing all forcible control over the individual by the community.
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