By Errico Malatesta
Life and Ideas gathers excerpts from Malatesta’s writings over a life of progressive task. The editor, Vernon Richards, has translated enormous quantities of articles by means of Malatesta, taken from the journals Malatesta both edited himself or contributed to, from the earliest, L’En Dehors of 1892, via to Pensiero e Volontà, which was once pressured to shut via Mussolini’s fascists in 1926, and the bilingual Il Risveglio/Le Réveil, which released such a lot of his writings after that date. those articles were pruned all the way down to their necessities and picked up lower than subheadings starting from “Ends and potential” to “Anarchist Propaganda.” during the decisions Malatesta’s classical anarchism emerges: a innovative, nonpacifist, nonreformist imaginative and prescient educated by means of many years of engagement in fight and learn. moreover there's a brief biographical piece and an essay through the editor.
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Anarchy instead, is a human aspiration, which is not founded on any real or imagined natural necessity, but which can be achieved through the exercise of the human will. It takes advantage of the means that science offers to Man in his struggle against nature and between contrasting wills; it can profit from advances in philosophic thought when they serve to teach men to develop their reasoning powers and distinguish more clearly between reality and fantasy; but one leaves oneself open to ridicule by trying to confuse Anarchy with science or any given philosophical system.
But with which means? If the strongest current of opinion supports the priests, then it is the priests who will obstruct our propaganda; and if, instead, opinion is on our side, what need is there to deny freedom in order to combat an influence on 43 Life and Ideas the wane, and run the risk that people will feel sympathy for it because it is being persecuted? . 6 44 5. The main plank of anarchism is the removal of violence from human relations. It is life based on the freedom of the individual, without the intervention of the gendarme.
The removal of physical constriction is not enough in itself to ensure that he will acquire the dignity of a free man, or learn to love his fellow men and to respect in them those rights which he wants others to respect for him, and to refuse both to command as well as to be commanded. One can be a willing slave for reasons of moral deficiency and a lack of faith in oneself, just as one can be a tyrant through wickedness or a lack of conscience when one does not meet adequate resistance. Abolition of private property in land, in raw materials and the instruments of labour, so that no one shall have the means of living by the exploitation of the labour of others, and that everybody, being assured of the means to produce and to live, shall be truly independent and in a position to unite freely among themselves for a common objective and according to their personal sympathies.
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