Bakunin: Has the struggle any chance of success?

Reply Thu 21 Feb, 2008 04:50 am
"[Government] is the science of covering whole countries with the finest net of bureaucratic organization, and, by means of regulations, decrees, and other measures, shackling, disuniting, and enfeebling the working people so that they shall not be able to get together, unite or advance, so that they shall always remain in the salutary condition of relative ignorance - that is, salutary for the government, for the State, and for the ruling classes - a condition rendering it difficult for the people to become influenced by new ideas and dynamic personalities. This is the sole aim of any governmental organization, of the permanent conspiracy of the government against the people. And this conspiracy, openly avowed as such, embraces the entire diplomacy, the internal administration - military, civil, police, courts, finances, and education, and the Church."

Excerpt drawn from G. P. Maximoff, ed., The Political Philosophy of Bakunin (London: The Free Press of Glencoe; and Collier Macmillan Limited, 1953), p. 366.
And it is against this huge organization, armed with all means, mental and material, lawful and lawless, and which in an extremity can always count on the co-operation of all or nearly all the ruling classes, that the poor people have to struggle. The people, though having an overwhelming preponderance in numbers, are unarmed, ignorant, and deprived of any organization! Is victory possible? Has the struggle any chance of success?
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