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Many think ‘anarchy’ means confusion, disorder, and chaos, but Maletesta sets the record staight. Errico Malatesta was a warm-hearted anarchist of widespread . Errico Malatesta was an Italian anarchist and writer (), who lived much of his life in exile and was expelled or forced to flee from many of the countries. “Towards Anarchism” by Errico Malatesta () first appeared in English in the Depression era periodical MAN! This little essay was highly regarded by.

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Errico Malatesta – Wikiquote

And statistics show that the number of crimes is hardly affected by repressive measures, whereas it changes dramatically with changes in economic conditions and in the attitudes of public opinion. So also with universal anarchu — we might say, especially with universal suffrage — the government has remained the servant and police of the bourgeois class. It is demonstrated that private interest is the great incentive for all activities: But never has this phenomenon been more accentuated than in modern times.

The former entrusts to a few the management of social life and leads to the exploitation and oppression of the masses by the few. Close Table of Contents.

Pamphlet first published in But in that case the only criterion is in numbers, which certainly are proof neither of reason, justice nor ability. On the contrary, one should take into account the inextricable relationship between the three spheres, between facts and ideas, and the determinations in different directions, according to different contexts, embodying totalities of systemic character. In any case we will have on events the kind of influence which malateesta reflect our numerical strength, our energy, our intelligence and our intransigence.

Anarchy by Errico Malatesta

If there are engineers, engine drivers and so on, they will organise the railways. He would come and go from that city for the next 40 years. In he met Mikhail Bakuninwith whom he participated in the St Imier congress of the International. Wellington Gallarza e Malvina Tavares: Lists with This Book. But in spite of the terrible oppression to which the masses have been subjected, in spite of poverty, in spite of vice, crime and the degradation which poverty and slavery produce in the slaves and in the masters, in spite of accumulated antagonism, of wars of extermination, in spite of artificially created conflicting interests, the social instinct has survived and developed.

There is no reason for the propagation of religious superstitions but that they defend and consolidate political and economic privileges. Even if we pursue our hypothesis of the ideal government of the authoritarian socialists, it follows from what we malagesta said that far from resulting in an increase in the productive, organising and protective forces in society, it would greatly reduce them, limiting initiative to a few, and giving them the right to do everything without, of course, being able to provide them with the gift of being all-knowing.

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That voluntary associations do not cover the world and do not embrace every branch of material and moral activity is the fault of the obstacles placed in their way by governments, of the antagonisms create by the possession of private property, and of the impotence and degradation to which the monopolizing of wealth on the part of the few reduces the majority of mankind.


The old A to B problem again. My freedom is the freedom of all since I am not truly free in thought and in fact, except when my freedom and my rights are confirmed and approved in the freedom and rights of all men who are my equals. Rothschild, for instance, does not need to be either M. The latter relies on free individual enterprise and proclaims, if not the abolition, at least the reduction of governmental functions to an absolute minimum; but because it respects private property and is entirely based on the principle of each for himself and therefore of competition between men, the liberty it espouses is for the strong and for the property owners to oppress and exploit the weak, those who have nothing; and far from producing harmony, tends to increase even more the gap between rich and poor and it too leads to exploitation and domination, in other words, to authority.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. We must also remember that on one hand the bourgeoisie, that is, the proprietory class, make war among themselves and destroy one another continually, and that, on the other hand, the government, although composed of the bourgeoisie and, acting as their servants and protector, is still, like every servant or protector, continually striving to emancipate itself and to domineer over its charge. In such a society obviously all will be done to best satisfy the needs of everybody within the framework of existing knowledge and conditions; and all will change for the better with the growth of knowledge and the means.

Is it perhaps because of the gendarmes that more people are not killed? It is after all a question of destroying once and for all the domination and exploitation of man by man, so that everyone can have a stake in the commonweal, and individual forces, instead of being destroyed or fighting among themselves or being cut off from each other, will find the possibility of complete fulfilment, and come together for the greater benefit of everybody.

If you take a hundred intelligent supporters of dictatorship, you will discover that each one of them believes that he should be if not the dictator himself, or one of them, at least very close to the dictatorship.

The Soviet case, even in the s, contributed to the affirmation of this notion in Malatesta. To act in the state would be, for him, to play in the enemy camp. Along with Christiaan Cornelissenhe cited as example US trade-unions efrico, where trade-unions composed malatesat skilled qualified workers sometimes opposed themselves to un-skilled workers in order to defend their relatively privileged position.

Political power originated in the first method; economic privilege arose from the second. On the contrary, it is just those things in which no governmental interference that prosper best and give rise to the least contention, being unconsciously adapted to the wish of all in the way found most useful and agreeable.

Governments oppress mankind in two ways, either anarchj, by brute force, that is physical violence, or indirectly, by depriving them of the means of subsistence and thus reducing them to helplessness.


Therefore we are enemies of the state which is the coercive, that is, violent organisation of society. Cross-Channel Anarchist Networks, —”. To view it, click here. Apart from considerations of space, there is no need to examine in the pages that follow the relative role in the evolution of the organic world played by these two principles: Malatesta argues the combativeness of these movements, in the struggle for reforms and for the revolution, to be fundamental.

For him property creates power and oppression just as the state dose… yet there are much Well except for his idealism, naivety, bias twords private property, idyllic conception of socialism, erruco of economics and poor understanding of human emotions and behavior… this guy would have been enjoyable and convincing. I find the author’s optimistic faith of humanity to be very farfetched and unrealistic. We are always faced with the prejudice that government is a new force that has emerged from no one knows where which in itself adds something to the total forces and capacities of those individuals who constitute it and of those who obey it.

In that case mankind would be condemned to perish or be for ever struggling between the tyranny of the victors and the rebellion of the vanquished. But this does not prevent us now, or will it in the future, from continually opposing capitalism or any other errio of despotism. And with practice that method which in fact is the best, will in errco end be adopted.

Anarchy by Errico Malatesta

It follows from what we have said so far, that anarchy, as understood by the anarchists and as only they can interpret it, is based on socialism. Search Search comments advanced search.

Views Read Edit View history. So far we have considered government as it is, as it must of necessity be in a society based on privilege, exploitation and the oppression of man by man, on the conflict of interests, on the intrasocial struggle, in a word, on individual property.

Indeed were it not for those schools of socialism which artificially divide the natural unity of the social question, and only consider some aspects out of context, and were it not for the misunderstandings with which they seek to tangle the path to the social revolution, we could say straight out that anarchy is synonymous with socialism, for both stand for the abolition of the domination and exploitation of man by man, whether they are exercised at bayonet point or by a monopoly of the means of life.

The basic function of government everywhere in all times, whatever title it adopts and whatever its origin and organisation may be, is always that of oppressing and exploiting the masses, of defending the oppressors and the exploiters: