Alexander Herzen


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Alexander Ivanovich Herzen (April 6 [O.S. 25 March] 1812 – January 21 [O.S. 9 January] 1870) was a Russian pro-Western writer and thinker known as the "father of Russian socialism" and one of the main fathers of agrarian populism (being an ideological ancestor of the Narodniki, Socialist-Revolutionaries, Trudoviks and the agrarian American Populist Party). He is held responsible for ... more »

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  • ''We could hardly believe that after so many ordeals, after all the trials of modern skepticism, there was still so much left in our souls to destroy.''
    Alexander Herzen (1812-1870), Russian journalist, political thinker. "After the Storm," From the Other Shore (1855).
  • Slavery is the first step towards civilization. In order to develop it is necessary that things should be much better for some and much worse for others, then those who are better off can develop at t...
    Alexander Herzen (1812-1870), Russian journalist, political thinker. "Consolatio," From the Other Shore (1855).
  • ''It is possible to lead astray an entire generation, to strike it blind, to drive it insane, to direct it towards a false goal. Napoleon proved this.''
    Alexander Herzen (1812-1870), Russian journalist, political thinker. "Donoso-Cortes," From the Other Shore (1855).
  • ''Liberalism, austere in political trifles, has learned ever more artfully to unite a constant protest against the government with a constant submission to it.''
    Alexander Herzen (1812-1870), Russian journalist, political thinker. Letter, 1862, to Ivan Turgenev. "Ends & Beginnings," vol. 4, My Past and Thoughts...
  • ''No one is to blame. It is neither their fault nor ours. It is the misfortune of being born when a whole world is dying.''
    Alexander Herzen (1812-1870), Russian journalist, political thinker. "Epilogue 1849," From the Other Shore. Of the failure of the revolutionary mo...
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