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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. The place of anarchism in socialistic evolution - Image 9. 1890?. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. January 16, 2021. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/823/show/815.

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Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921. (1890?). The place of anarchism in socialistic evolution - Image 9. Socialist and Communist Pamphlets. Special Collections, University of Houston Libraries. Retrieved from https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/scpamp/item/823/show/815

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Title The place of anarchism in socialistic evolution
Creator (LCNAF)
  • Kropotkin, Petr Alekseevich, kni͡azʹ, 1842-1921
Contributor (LCNAF)
  • Glasse, Henry, translator
Publisher W. Reeves
Place of Creation (TGN)
  • London
Date 1890?
Subject.Topical (LCSH)
  • Anarchism
  • Anarchists
Genre (AAT)
  • pamphlets
Language English
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  • Text
Original Item Extent 16 pages; 18. cm.
Original Item Location HX915.K6713 1890
Original Item URL http://library.uh.edu/record=b8304532~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'Anarchie dans l'évolution socialiste.
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Transcript (9) out the mass, and to entrust them with the management of all public affairs, saying to them, " Attend to these matters, we exonerate ourselves from the task by laying it upon you : it is for you to make laws on all manner of subjects—armaments ^nd mad dogs, observatories and chimneys, instruction and Itreet-sweeping: arrange these things as you please and make aws about them, since you are the chosen ones whom the people has voted capable of doing everything ! " It appears to me that if a thoughtful and honest man were offered such a post, he would answer somewhat in this fashion :— " You entrust me with a task which I am unable to fulfil. I am unacquainted with most of the questions upon which I shall be called on to legislate. I shall either have to work to some extent in the dark, which will not be to your advantage, or I shall appeal to you and summon meetings in which you will yourselves seek to come to an understanding on the questions at issue, in which case my office wall be unnecessary. If you have formed an opinion and have formulated it, and if you are anxious to come to an understanding with others who have also formed an opinion on the same subject, then all you need do is to communicate with your neighbours and send a delegate to come to an understanding with other delegates on this specific question ; but you will certainly reserve to yourselves the right of taking an ultimate decision ; you will not entrust your delegate with the making of laws for you. This is how scientists and business men act each time that they have to come to an agreement." But the above reply would be a repudiation of the representative system, and nevertheless it is a faithful expression of the idea which is growing everywhere since the vices of representative government have been exposed in all their nakedness. Our age, however, has gone still further, for it has begun to discuss the rights of the State and of Society in relation to the individual; people now ask to what point the interference of the State is necessary in the multitudinous functions of society. Do we require a government to educate our children ? Only let the worker have leisure to instruct himself, and you will see that, through the free initiative of parents and of persons fond of tuition, thousands of educational societies and schools of all kinds will spring up, rivalling one another in the excellence of their teaching. If we were not crushed by taxation and exploited by employers, as we now are, could we not ourselves