Kropotkin: Anarchism & The State
Published by Freedom Press, 2017
Edited by Rob Ray and Mo Moseley
Amid the clashes, complexities and political personalities of world politics in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Peter Kropotkin stands out. Born a prince in Tsarist Russia, sent to Siberia to learn his militaristic, aristocratic trade, he instead renounced his titles and took up the “beautiful idea” of anarchism. Across a continent he would become known as a passionate advocate of a world without borders, without kings and bosses.
From a Russian cell to France, to London and Brighton, he used his extraordinary mind to dissect the birth of State power and then present a different vision, one in which the human impulse to liberty can be found throughout history, undying even in times of defeat. In the three essays presented here, Kropotkin attempted to distil his many insights into brief but brilliant essays on The State, Anarchism and the ideology for which he became a founding name — Anarchist-Communism.