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The Place of Anarchism in Socialistic Evolution

An Address Delivered in Paris

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Author: Peter Kropotkin
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,487 / 29 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 44.3
LoC Category: HX
Downloads: 963
Added to site: 2010.01.28
mnybks.net#: 26480
Genre: Essays
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olution proclaimed the sovereignty of the people; but, by an inconsistency which was very natural at that time, it proclaimed, not a permanent sovereignty, but an intermittent one, to be exercised at certain intervals only, for the nomination of deputies supposed to represent the people. In reality it copied its institutions from the representative government of England. The Revolution was drowned in blood, and, nevertheless, representative government became the watchword of Europe. All Europe, with the exception of Russia, has tried it, under all possible forms, from government based on a property qualification to the direct government of the little Swiss republics. But, strange to say, just in proportion as we have approached nearer to the ideal of a representative government, elected by a perfectly free universal suffrage, in that same proportion have its essential vices become manifest to us, till we have clearly seen that this mode of government is radically defective. Is it not indeed absurd to take a c

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