Mikhail Bakunin


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  • ''Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will.''
    Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876), Russian political theorist. A Circular Letter to my Friends in Italy (1871).
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  • ''Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the bootmaker.''
    Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876), Russian political theorist. repr. In Bakunin on Anarchism, ed. Sam Dolgoff (1980). God and the State (1871).
  • ''I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation.''
    Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876), Russian political theorist. repr. In Bakunin on Anarchism, ed. Sam Dolgoff (1980). God and the State (1871).
  • ''Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.''
    Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876), Russian political theorist. repr. In Bakunin on Anarchism, ed. Sam Dolgoff (1980). God and the State (1871).
  • ''To revolt is a natural tendency of life. Even a worm turns against the foot that crushes it. In general, the vitality and relative dignity of an animal can be measured by the intensity of its instinct to revolt.''
    Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876), Russian political theorist. repr. In Bakunin on Anarchism, ed. Sam Dolgoff (1980). The International and Karl Marx (1872).

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