Tribute to Kropotkin

April 2024 Forums General discussion Tribute to Kropotkin

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    Lew
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    “The idea that anarchism mainly appealed to peasants or appears where capitalism hasn’t developed just doesn’t fit with the facts.”

    Nobody said anything about peasants. It is a fact that anarchism has been most popular in states where capitalism has been less developed, not that capitalism hasn’t developed at all.

    #238474
    alanjjohnstone
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    ALB -“I am not sure that his views should be described as “Russian thought”. He was of course from Russia but his anarchist-communist views were formed when living in France and the French-speaking part of Switzerland. You could more accurately describe his views as an expression of “French thought”, ”

    What do Tolstoy, Plekhanov and Gorky bring to the table?

    #238486
    ALB
    Keymaster

    This parable by Tolstoy is good but nothing else of his Christian anarchism. Never got round to reading his War and Peace but I am sure somebody here will have.

    Short story: A Parable by Leo Tolstoy

    #238488
    L.B. Neill
    Participant

    ALB. This is a really powerful parable on benign colonialism: points to that notion of charitable acts as ‘stock management’.
    I am still mulling over it, might say munching its cud! Thank you for posting on Tolstoy.

    #238499
    ALB
    Keymaster

    I didn’t see it as being about benign colonialism as about “benign capitalism” and its welfare state. More generally, about any situation where there is a one class that exploits the work of another. A expansion of the saying that the capitalists will do anything for the workers except get off their backs.

    #238510
    ALB
    Keymaster

    Searching on the internet for who said “the rich will do anything for the poor but get off their backs” I see it is widely attributed to Marx but no source is ever given.

    Does anyone know if Marx did say this and where? I don’t think he did. Actually, it sounds more like something Tolstoy would have said.

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