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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. The state, its historic role, 5th edition - Image 41. 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/1508.

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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 Rdle. 41 ive, organising spirit, in order to reconstruct the whole of life in the factory, on the railroad, in the village, in the stores, in taking supplies in production, in distribution. All relations between individuals and between human agglomerations must begin to be remodelled on tne very day, at the very moment we begin to reform any part of the present commercial or administrative organisation... And they expect this immense work, demanding the full and free exercise of popular genius, to be carried out within the frame-work ok the State, within the pyramidal scale of organisation that constitutes the essence of each State ! They want the State, whose very reason tor existence lies in the crushing of the individual, in the destruction of all free grouping and free creation, in the hatred of initiative and in the triumph of one idea (which must necessarily be that of the mediocrity), to become the lever to accomplish this immense ^^^b' They want to govern a newborn society by decrees and electoral majorities !... What childishness ! Throughout the whole history of our civilisation, two ^J^,^ opposed tendencies, have been in conflict: the Roman ^o^ndthe popular tradition; ihe imperial tradition and the federalist tradition , the authoritarian one and the libertarian one. (And again, on the eve of the great Social Revolution these two tra- ditions stand face to face. ^ .. m . Between these two currents, always full of life, a ^ ^g^ humanity,-the current of the people and the current of th»™ which thirst for political and religious domination-our cho ce is made. We again take up the current which led men in the twelfth century to organise themselves on the basis of a free ^^J^ted £d tiative of the individual, of free federation of those "^r«ted^ A we leave the othera to cling to the Roman, Canonic, and Imperial dition. History has not been an uninterrupted evolution^ At Jf^^ tervals evolution has been broken in a certain ^grr^fCe?tral elsewhere. Egypt, Asia, the banks «»»*£S^ But in Europe have in turn been the scene o^15*™^ thePDrimitive tribe, every case, the first phase of the evolution has beenj^ Pr™ &J passing on into a village commune, then into that of the y, finall/dying out when it reached the T^«»*£\ reached the village community phasis, and later on the penou w