Archive for anarchist quotes

Quote of the Day – January 23, 2009

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Nestor Makhno

The more a man becomes aware, through reflection, of his servile condition, the more indignant he becomes, the more the anarchist spirit of freedom, determination and action waxes inside him. That is true of every individual, man or woman, even though they may never have heard of the word “anarchism” before.
Nestor Makhno

Quote of the Day – January 22, 2009

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Benjamin Tucker

If the individual has a right to govern himself, all external government is tyranny. Hence the necessity of abolishing the State.
Benjamin Tucker

Quote of the Day – January 21, 2009

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Clarence Darrow

You can only protect your liberties in this world by protecting the other man’s freedom.
Clarence Darrow

Quote of the Day – January 20, 2009

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Randolph Bourne

War is the health of the State. It automatically sets in motion throughout society these irresistible forces for uniformity, for passionate cooperation with the government in coercing into obedience the minority groups and individuals which lack the larger herd sense.
Randolph Bourne

Quote of the Day – January 19, 2009

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Noam Chomsky

Anarchism, in my view, is an expression of the idea that the burden of proof is always on those who argue that authority and domination are necessary. They have to demonstrate, with powerful argument, that that conclusion is correct. If they cannot, then the institutions they defend should be considered illegitimate. How one should react to illegitimate authority depends on circumstances and conditions: there are no formulas.
Noam Chomsky

Quote of the Day – January 18, 2009

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Voltairine de Cleyre

The revolution is, the blow dealt , against the counter force of tyranny, which has never entirely recovered from the blow, but which from then till now has gone on remolding and regrappling the instruments of governmental power, that the Revolution sought to shape and hold as defenses of liberty.
Voltairine de Cleyre

Quote of the Day – January 17, 2009

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Leo Tolstoy

All governments are in equal measure good and evil. The best ideal is anarchy.
Leo Tolstoy

Quote of the Day – January 16, 2009

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William Godwin

Above all we should not forget that government is an evil, a usurpation upon the private judgement and individual conscience of mankind.
William Godwin

Quote of the Day – January 15, 2009

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Lysander Spooner

The principle that the majority have a right to rule the minority, practically resolves all government into a mere contest between two bodies of men, as to which of them shall be masters, and which of them slaves; a contest, that — however bloody — can, in the nature of things, never be finally closed, so long as man refuses to be a slave.
Lysander Spooner

Quote of the Day – January 14, 2009

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Errico Malatesta

Anarchists are opposed to violence. 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 police. For this reason we are enemies of capitalism, which depends on the protection of the police to force workers to allow themsleves to be exploited. We are therefore enemies of the State, which is the coercive, violent organization of society.
Errico Malatesta