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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. The state, its historic role, 5th edition - Image 39. 1920. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. March 4, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/1512/show/1506.

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Title The state, its historic role, 5th edition
Series Title Freedom pamphlet
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921
Publisher Freedom Press
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London
Date 1920
Subject.Topical (Local)
  • State, The
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English; French
Type (DCMI)
  • Text
Original Item Extent 42 pages; 18 cm.
Original Item Location JC268.K72
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304434~S11
Original Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection Socialist and Communist Pamphlets
Digital Collection URL http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp
Repository Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries
Repository URL http://libraries.uh.edu/branches/special-collections
Use and Reproduction This item is in the public domain and may be used freely.
Note Translation of L'état, son role historique.
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Transcript The State : Its Historic R6le. We see in it an institution developed in the history of human societies to hinder union among men, to obstruct the development of local initiative, to crush existing liberties and prevent their restoration. And we know that an institution, which has a whole past dating some thousands of years back, cannot lend itself to a function opposed to the one for which it was developed in the course of history. To this argument, absolutely unassailable to anyone who has reflected on history, what replies do we get ? We are answered by an almost childish argument: " The State is there,"—we are told—" it exists, it represents a ready made powerful organisation. Why destroy it instead of making use of it? It works for ill, that is true, but that is due to its being in the hands of exploiters. Having fallen into the hands of the people, why should it not be utilised for a better end and for the good of the people ? " Always the same dream, the dream of Schiller's Marquis of Posa trying to make autocracy an instrument of enfranchisement, or the dream of the gentle priest Peter in Zola's Rome, wishing to make the Church a lever of Socialism !... Is it not sad to have to answer such arguments ? For, those who reason in this way either have not the least notion of the real historical role of the State, or else conceive the Social Revolution under such an insignificant form, and so tame, that it has nothing more in common with Socialist aspirations. Take a concrete example, France. , All of us, all here present, have noticed the glaring fact that the Third Republic, in spite of its republican form of government has remained monarchical in its essence. Every one has reproached it with not having republicanism France. I do not speak of it s; ncrt.having done anythingfor the Social Revolution, but of its no^^^ introduced the simple republican habits and customs and sp ^'^Z the little that has been done during the last twenty-five 1™^°^ cratize customs, or to spread a little enhghtenmen.has bwndone everywhere,-even in the European monarchle^under ^W^™ of the times through which we are passing. ^^^^^5 strange anomaly that we have in *™^ 'It comes from France having remained a State to tne s was thirty years ago. The holders of power have changed^their name but all t/e Lmens'e scaffolding of ?f^^SSSi in FrC fc2S2r'SX2S5 SWISS—- *