Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin, 1842-1921

Law and Authority: An Anarchist Essay (1886)

Law and Authority: An Anarchist Essay (1886) by Petr Alekseevich Kropotkin, 1842-1921

"When ignorance reigns in society and disorder in the minds of men, laws are multiplied, legislation is expected to do everything, and each fresh law being a fresh miscalculation, men are continually led to demand from it what can proceed only from themselves, from their own education and their own morality." It is no revolutionist who says this, nor even a reformer. It is the jurist, Dalloy, author of the Collection of French law known as "Repertoire de la Legislation," And yet, though these lines were written by a man who was himself a maker and admirer of' law, they perfectly represent the abnormal condition of our society.

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