Statism and Anarchy is a complete English translation of the last work by the great Russian anarchist Michael Bakunin. It was written in , in the aftermath of. Statism and Anarchy has ratings and 20 reviews. Laurent said: I’m going to start by being brutally honest: this book is almost no fun at all, but the. Cambridge Core – European Studies – Bakunin: Statism and Anarchy – edited by Marshall Shatz.
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The German state is efficient, whereas the Russian state is corrupt. They are the enemies only of contemporary governments, because they wish to replace them. We do not protest this name, for we are indeed the enemies of any governmental power, since we know that such a power depraves those who wear its mantle equally with those who are forced to submit to it.
But the adherents of the state stafism not accept such a reduction and subordination to liberty; they insist on a state which directs social life state-as-liberator and administers public order state-as-protector.
Statism and Anarchy
The principal evil which paralyzes the Russian people, and has up till now made a general uprising impossible, is the closed rural community, its isolation and disunity. Autonomous anarchist collectives sound great, but how can they overcome these gigantic formations of wealth and power without aggregating themselves into something like a statist block with enough concentrated power to rattle those formations?
If science were to dictate the laws, the overwhelming majority, many millions of men, would be ruled by one or two hundred experts. The UK government is complicit in a humanitarian tsatism Thursday, June 14, Jul 06, John Nada rated it liked xtatism Shelves: The power and the arbitrary bureaucratic will of the State is hated ztatism the people and the revolt against this power and this arbitrary will is at the same time a revolt against the despotism of the rural community and of the Mir.
The state is unable to deal with the range of difference within humanity. Written in the aftermath of the rise of staism German Empire and the clash with Karl Marx in the first International, the great Russian anarchist’s last work had an immediate influence on the syatism the people movement of Russian populism. Since there is no other employment for educated young men, they become state functionaries, and become members of anarcuy only aristocracy in the country, the bureaucratic class.
Bakunin also foreshadows the problems of anti-colonial revolutions: For if the revolution destroyed this power by actually freeing the masses, it would deprive this pseudo-revolutionary minority of any hope to harness the masses in order to make them the beneficiaries of their own government policy.
The Marxists are aware of this contradiction and realize that a government of scientists will be a real dictatorship regardless of anrchy democratic form. They then arrive unavoidably at the conclusion that because thought, theory, and science, at least in our times, are in the possession of very few, these few ought to be the leaders of social life, not only the initiators, but also the leaders of all popular movements. This is because the state exists to grab, and knows no bounds of its own. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
They are taken to feel no need for liberty, only for an all-devouring state. This is a lie, behind which lurks the despotism of the ruling minority, a lie all the more dangerous in that it appears to express the so-called will of the people.
The bureaucracy and the bourgeoisie work together in a kind of class alliance, which contrasts sharply with earlier situations in which the bourgeoisie sought to constrain the bureaucracy as a potential rival. Refresh and try again. He effectively believes in a certain primacy of active force, which is actualised to some degree in localised social life, but starism repressed or turned against itself in capitalist and statist organisations.
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Black Mamba rated it liked it May 10, While many Marxists view their new state as a radical democracy, Bakunin disagreed. Marx, is in essence only a machine ruling the masses from above, through a privileged minority of conceited intellectuals, who imagine that they know what the people need and want better than do the people aanrchy Declan Cochran rated it liked it Jan 23, On the whole, he associates states with all situations where power-inequalities exist.
This is a difficult, but by no means impossible, task. A bipolar world will necessarily be one of conflict as in the Cold War. He also outlines what intelligent and dedicated Russian youth from upper and middle classes could do to vakunin social revolution.
How many bakynin people are there in Russia — in all Europe? With hindsight, one can regret that the authoritarian “statist” faction prevailed. No trivia or quizzes yet. Not even the most terrible misery affecting millions of workers is in itself enough to spur them to revolution.
For example, among us in Russia, how many accomplished savants are there in a population aand eighty million? The dictatorial power of this learned minority is concealed by the fiction of a pseudo-representative government which presumes to express the will of the people.
Trivia About Statism and Anarchy. Bakunin has an interesting explanation for the absence of peasant revolt. Other than that, Bakunin is not my favorite of theorists, but the book is still a must read. We reply that all dictatorship has no objective other than self-perpetuation, and that slavery is all it can generate and instill in the people who suffer it.
This was the first time i read anything by Bakunin which is slightly embarrassing considering his place in history. It is necessarily driven to conquer and subjugate, and to be aggressive. This is exactly the situation of the Italian proletariat. Until the end of the Spanish Civil War, it was a serious alternative to Marxist thought, one of the key differences being that Bakunin recognised that “the dictatorship of the prolet I’m going to start by being brutally honest: This requires autonomous forces organised outside and against the state to defeat it.