First part and the first chapter of the second part are translated by Richard Vernon, as these were what he considered to be “the theoretical core of the work”. Chapter IX of Part III and Conclusion translated by Ian Harvey. Primary footnotes are Proudhon’s, while secondary footnotes are the translators’.Continue reading Pierre-Joseph Proudhon: The Federative Principle and the Need to Reconstitute the Party of Revolution
Recently I have been reading criticisms of Kropotkin’s claims that Proudhon advocated the use of labour notes, accompanied by the suggestion that he had only a superficial understanding of Proudhon’s ideas. While he may have been wrong (as were many others) to attribute the advocacy of labour notes to Proudhon, he was not ignorant of Proudhon’s work. In his last book, Ethics: Origin and Development, where he analyzed ethical conceptions from a naturalist, evolutionary point of view, he devoted the following section to Proudhon’s theory of justice, showing the connections between Proudhon’s conception of justice and Kropotkin’s own ideas regarding mutual aid and morality. Several selections by Proudhon and Kropotkin can be found in Volume One of Anarchism: A Documentary History of Libertarian Ideas, including excerpts from Kropotkin’s Mutual Aid and “Anarchist Morality.”
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon’s What is Property? has become a classic of political thought through its wide-ranging and deep-reaching critique of private property as at once the essential institution of Western culture and the root cause of greed, corruption, political tyranny, social division, and violation of natural law. We re-publish Proudhon’s book as PDF file and audio book.