Mikhail Bakunin Quotes

There is no horror, no cruelty, sacrilege, or perjury, no imposture, no infamous transaction, no cynical robbery, no bold plunder or shabby betrayal that has not been or is not daily being perpetrated by the representatives of the states, under no other pretext than those elastic words, so convenient and yet so terrible: “for reasons of state.”





Mikhail Bakunin, 1814-1876, Russian Anarchist, Noam Chomsky, For Reasons of State, Pantheon,1973.

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Mikhail Bakunin
Mikhail Bakunin
  • Born: May 30, 1814
  • Died: July 1, 1876
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Profession: Revolutionary

Mikhail Alexandrovich Bakunin was a Russian revolutionary anarchist and founder of collectivist anarchism. He is considered among the most influential figures of anarchism and one of the principal founders of the social anarchist tradition. Bakunin's enormous prestige as an activist made him one of the most famous ideologues in Europe, gaining substantial influence among radicals throughout Russia and Europe.

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