This book is the best introduction to Kropotkin's ideas that I have read and it even gives a somewhat unbiased definition of anarchism that Kropotkin had written for the Encyclopedia Britannica. Since it is a series of pamphlets that Kropotkin had written, and was originally intended for the specific purpose of informing and winning the support of the public, it is presented in a clear, concise, and easily digestable fashion, without pretense.
reactionary, the governing bodies apply themselves to half-measures which can satisfy nobody, and only cause new dissatisfaction. The mediocrities who. in such transition periods, undertake to steer the ship of State, think of but one thing: to enrich themselves against the coming debacle. Attacked from all sides they defend themselves awkwardly, they evade, they commit blunder upon blunder, and they soon succeed in cutting the last rope of salvation; they drown the prestige of the government in
sufficiently roused to raise openly the banner of insurrection and to march arms in hand, to the conquest of their rights. In dte midst of discontent, talk, theoretical discussions, an individual or collective act of revolt supervenes, symboliz ing the dominant aspirations. It is possible that �t the � ginning the masses will remain indifferen�. I.t 18 posSIble . that while admiring the courage of the Indlvidual or the group which takes the initiative, the �asses will at . fir�t fol loW' those
during a battle between two different species, the ants would stop fighting to fall upon their selfish comrade. This fact has been proved by experiments which exclude all doubt. Or again, ask the sparrows living in your garden if it is right not to give notice to all the little society when some crumbs are thrown out, so that all may come and share in the meal. Ask them if that hedge sparrow has done right in stealing from his neighbor's nest those straws he had picked up, straws which the thief
religion. Soon Christianity-a revolt against imperial Rome-was con quered by that same Rome; it accepted its maxims, customs, and language. The Christian church accepted the Roman law as its own, and as such-allied to the State-it became in history the most furious enemy of all semi-communist in stitutions, to which Christianity appealed at its origin. Can we for a moment believe that moral teaching, patron . Ized by circulars from ministers of public instruction, would have the creative force
TO SUM UP The prison does not prevent anti-sodal acts from taking place. It increases their numbers. It does not improve those who enter its walls. However it is reformed it will always remain a place of restraint, an artificial environment, like a monastery, which will make the prisoner less and less fit for life in the community. It does not achieve its end. It degrades society. It must disappear. It is a survival of barbarism mixed with Jesuitical philanthropy. The first duty of the revolution