Inspiring quotes by Mikhail Bakunin

The top 10 most inspiring quotes by Mikhail Bakunin

  • In every State, the government is nothing but a permanent conspiracy on the part of the minority against the majority, which it enslaves and fleeces.
  • A Boss in Heaven is the best excuse for a boss on earth, therefore If God did exist, he would have to be abolished.
  • In antiquity slaves were, in all honesty called slaves. In the middle ages, they took the name of serfs. Nowadays they are called wage earners.
  • If you took the most ardent revolutionary, vested him in absolute power, within a year he would be worse than the Tsar himself.
  • Political Freedom without economic equality is a pretense, a fraud, a lie; and the workers want no lying.
  • I am truly free only when all human beings, men and women, are equally free. The freedom of other men, far from negating or limiting my freedom, is, on the contrary, its necessary premise and confirmation.
  • Our first work must be the annihilation of everything as it now exists.
  • 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.
  • If there is a State, there must be domination of one class by another and, as a result, slavery; the State without slavery is unthinkable – and this is why we are the enemies of the State.
  • People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy.

Mikhail Bakunin (1814-1876) was a Russian revolutionary and prominent anarchist thinker, widely regarded as one of the founding figures of anarchism. Born into a noble family in Pryamukhino, Russia, Bakunin initially pursued a military career before turning to philosophy and revolutionary activities.

Influenced by Hegelian ideas, he became involved in various European uprisings and was a vocal critic of both state and church authority. Bakunin’s advocacy for collective anarchism emphasized the dismantling of oppressive structures to achieve a society based on voluntary cooperation and mutual aid.

His notable works include “God and the State” and “Statism and Anarchy.” Bakunin’s clashes with Marx over the role of the state in socialism led to his expulsion from the First International. Despite his tumultuous life, Bakunin’s ideas have had a lasting impact on anarchist movements and continue to inspire anti-authoritarian thought worldwide.

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