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Mikhail Bakunin
1814 -

Russian anarchist, atheist, and anti-clerical writer, author of Federalism, Socialism, and Anti-Theologism


No dictatorship can have any other aim but that of self-perpetuation, and it can beget only slavery in the people tolerating it; freedom can be created only by freedom, that is, by a universal rebellion on the part of the people and free organization of the toiling masses from the bottom up.

from Statism and Anarchism
The State ... is the most flagrant negation, the most cynical and complete negation of humanity.

1868 - from Federalism, Socialism, and Anti-Theologism
Freedom, morality, and the human dignity of the individual consists precisely in this; that he does good not because he is forced to do so, but because he freely conceives it, wants it, and loves it.

1868 - from Federalism, Socialism, and Anti-Theologism