AN APPEAL TO RUSSIANS.
in which you involuntarily participate when you obey Government
That there should be a Russia such as the existing one, the Poles?
Finns, Letts, Georgians, Tartars, Armenians, and others, have to be
held in subjection. And to hold them in subjection, it is necessary
to forbid them to live as they wish to, and if they disobey this
order, they have to be punished and killed. Why should you take
part in these evil deeds when you yourselves suffer from them.
Let those who have need of such a Russia, dominating Poland,
Georgia, Finland, and other lands—let them arrange it if they can.
But for you, working people, this is not at all necessary. What
you need is something quite else. You only need enough land,
and that no one should forcibly take your property, or oblige your
sons to go as soldiers, and above all that no one should compel you
to do evil deeds. And these evils will cease, if only you refuse to
obey the demands of the Government—demands which ruin and
destroy both your bodies and your souls.
u But how, without a Government, and when all live in separate
Communes, are all large public affairs to be arranged ? How will
the ways of communication, railways, telegraphs, steamers, the post,
the higher educational establishments, the libraries, and trade be
managed without a Government?"
People are so accustomed to see the Government control all
public affairs, that it seems to them that the work itself is done by
Government, and that without Government it is impossible to
organise High Schools, ways of communication, post-offices,
libraries, or commercial relations. But this is not true. The
largest public affairs, not only national but international, are
arranged by private individuals without Governmental assistance.
In this way all kinds cf international, postal, learned, commercial
and industrial alliances are arranged. Governments not only do
not aid these voluntarily organised unions, but when they take part
in them they always hinder them.
" But if you do not obey the Government, and do not pay taxes
or supply soldiers, foreign nations will come and conquer you," add
those who wish to rule over you. Do not believe it. Only live