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A Criticism and History of the Anarchist Theory

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Author: E.V. Zenker
Published: 1897
Language: English
Wordcount: 85,215 / 264 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 31.7
LoC Category: HX
Downloads: 2,526
Added to site: 2010.04.07 27270
Genre: Politics

nally, have only one thing in common, namely, that both are forms of idolatry, though they have different idols, both are religions and not sciences, dogmas and not speculations. Both of them are a kind of honestly meant social mysticism, which, anticipating the partly possible and perhaps even probable results of yet unborn centuries, urge upon mankind the establishment of a terrestrial Eden, of a land of the absolute Ideal, whether it be Freedom or Equality. It is only natural, in view of the difficulty of creating new thoughts, that our modern seekers after the millennium should look for their Eden by going backwards, and should shape it on the lines of stages of social progress that have long since been passed by; and in this is seen the irremediable internal contradiction of both movements: they intend an advance, but only cause retrogression.

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Are we, then, to take Anarchism seriously, or shall we pass it by merely with a smile of superiority and a deprecating wave of our hand? Sh



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