Peter Kropotkin – The Conquest of Bread Chapter 3: Anarchist Communism

Our latest text is a very short one from Kropotkin’s The Conquest of Bread. From the reading:

In taking “Anarchy” for our ideal of political organization we are only giving expression to another marked tendency of human progress. Whenever European societies have developed up to a certain point they have shaken off the yoke of authority and substituted a system founded roughly more or less on the principles of individual liberty. And history shows us that these periods of partial or general revolution, when the governments were overthrown, were also periods of sudden progress both in the economic and the intellectual field. Now it is the enfranchisement of the communes, whose monuments, produced by the free labour of the guilds, have never been surpassed; now it is the peasant rising which brought about the Reformation and imperilled the papacy; and then again it is the society, free for a brief space, which was created at the other side of the Atlantic by the malcontents from the Old World.

The full text of The Conquest of Bread can be found here.

You can download an imposed PDF of Chapter 3 (set out so when you print it double-sided and fold it in half, it makes a booklet) here.

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