Thursday, December 9, 2010

Peter Kropotkin

As we're witnessing the moral and financial bankruptcy of the West, it seems to me we need to start thinking seriously about alternative forms of organising society. I've been a fan of Kropotkin for years, and although he was writing when the world was a more agrarian place, much of what he says rings so true.

For example, at the beginning of the 20th century, he stated that 'it is Government that represses our natural tendency for cooperation'. This could explain the apparent paradox that when you visit communities who are far removed from their governments, and very often poor, you will witness the most extraordinary generosity. Mutual aid...

I'd recommend his book 'Fields, Factories and Workshops' too.

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