Anarchist history

Chapter IV: That property is impossible

Chapter IV: That property is impossible.

The last resort of proprietors, — the overwhelming argument whose invincible potency reassures them, — is that, in their opinion, equality of conditions is impossible. “Equality of conditions is a chimera,” they cry with a knowing air; “distribute wealth equally to-day — to-morrow this equality will have vanished.”

Chapter III: Labour As The Efficient Cause Of The Domain Of Property

Chapter III: Labour As The Efficient Cause Of The Domain Of Property

Nearly all the modern writers on jurisprudence, taking their cue from the economists, have abandoned the theory of first occupancy as a too dangerous one, and have adopted that which regards property as born of labour. In this they are deluded; they reason in a circle. To labour it is necessary to occupy, says M. Cousin.

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Chapter II: Property Considered as a Natural Right

Chapter II: Property Considered as a Natural Right

Occupation and civil law as efficient bases of property.

Definitions

What is Property?

What is Property?

An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government

1840

Translator: Benjamin R. Tucker

Glossary of Terms, People and Events

Glossary of Terms, People and Events

Certain terms, people and events continually appear in Proudhon’s work. Rather than footnote each occurrence, information on them is summarised here. As with many French writers he refers to revolutionary events by date (i.e., ’89 for the start of the Great French Revolution and so on). He also refers to Year I, Year II, and so on, which are from the French Revolutionary calendar that began on September 22nd, 1792, the date of the official abolition of the monarchy and the nobility.

The Malthusians

The Malthusians

Le Représentant du Peuple

10th August 1848

Translator: Benjamin Tucker

Dr. Malthus, an economist, an Englishman, once wrote the following words:

Letter to Pierre Leroux

Letter to Pierre Leroux

Translator: Paul Sharkey

14th December 1849

My dear Pierre Leroux,

I really must forgive you your incessant accusations, for you do not know me and do not engage in debate.

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