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Mikhail Bakunin
(1814-1876) born on
May 30
Russian anarchist. He was a founder of Nihilism and wrote "God and the Sate," 1872-74.
         
   
F
If there be a human being who is freer than I, then I shall necessarily become his slave. If I am freer than any other, then he will become my slave. Therefore equality is an absolutely necessary condition of freedom.

R
Idealism is the despot of thought, just as politics is the despot of will.
A
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.
N
Does it follow that I reject all authority? Perish the thought. In the matter of boots, I defer to the authority of the bootmaker.
K
Powerful states can maintain themselves only by crime, little states are virtuous only by weakness.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F:
R: "A Circular Letter to My Friends in Italy," 1871.
A: "God and the State," (1871; repr. in Bakunin on Anarchism, ed. by Sam Dolgoff, 1980).
N: God and the State (1871; repr. in Bakunin on Anarchism, ed. by Sam Dolgoff, 1980).
K: In "Webster's Electronic Quotebase," ed. Keith Mohler, 1994.
   


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