An Appeal to the Young


by Peter Kropotkin

Addressed to young men and women preparing to enter the professions, An Appeal to the Young was first published in 1880 in Kropotkin’s paper, La Revolte, and was soon thereafter issued as a pamphlet.

The pamphlet begins as such;

It is to the young that I wish to address myself today. Let the old – I mean of course the old in heart and mind – lay the pamphlet down therefore without tiring their eyes in reading what will tell them nothing. I assume that you are about eighteen or twenty years of age; that you have finished your apprenticeship or your studies; that you are just entering oil life. I take it for granted that you have a mind free from the superstition which your teachers have sought to force upon you; that you don’t fear the devil, and that you do not go to hear parsons and ministers rant. More, that you are not one of the fops, sad products of a society in decay, who display their well-cut trousers and their monkey faces in the park, and who even at their early age have only an insatiable longing for pleasure at any price…I assume on the contrary that you have a warm heart, and for this reason I talk to you….