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  • Print publication year: 2011
  • Online publication date: July 2011

14 - Visions of stateless society

from II - Modern liberty and its defenders
Summary
During the nineteenth century, the anarchist stance in opposition to the state and in favour of non-authoritarian associations was closely connected to two assumptions. The first was that social and moral laws could be discerned through a reasoned examination of human nature, human societies and the larger universe. The second assumption was that moral and rational advancement would occur. William Godwin was the first writer to make a reputation condemning government. Godwin's stance was largely a secularised version of Rational Dissent, which both shaped his moral-rational philosophy and nurtured his distrust of government. Thomas Hodgskin, American individualist anarchists were partisans of private property and were committed to free market economic ideals. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon was the most famous nineteenth-century opponent of the state. Proudhon's mutualist anarchism influenced many subsequent theorists: collectivist anarchists like Michael Bakunin and communist anarchists like Peter Kropotkin, both of whom spoke highly of Proudhon's writings.
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The Cambridge History of Nineteenth-Century Political Thought
  • Online ISBN: 9780511973581
  • Book DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/CHOL9780521430562
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