“The great are only great because we are on our knees. Let us rise” 
― Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

“Property is theft!” 
― Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

“When deeds speak, words are nothing.” 
― Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

“It is through separation that you will win: no representatives, and no candidates!” 
― Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

“It is better to enlighten men’s minds than to teach them to be obstinate in their prejudices.” 
― Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, What Is Property?

I build no system. I ask an end to privilege, the abolition of slavery, equality of rights, and the reign of law. Justice, nothing else; that is the alpha and omega of my argument: to others I leave the business of governing the world.

-- Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

Communism is inequality, but not as property is. Property is exploitation of the weak by the strong. Communism is exploitation of the strong by the weak.
-- ​Pierre-Joseph Proudhon

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Legends of Anarchism

Pierre-Joseph Proudhon


“To be GOVERNED is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so. To be GOVERNED is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished. It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored. That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality."
General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century, translated by John Beverly Robinson (London: Freedom Press, 1923), pp. 293-294.” 
― Pierre-Joseph Proudhon