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IN CONTEXT

IDEOLOGY

Anarchism

FOCUS

Corruption of power

BEFORE

1793 English political philosopher William Godwin outlines an anarchist philosophy, arguing that government corrupts society.

1840 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon imagines a just form of society devoid of political authority.

AFTER

1892 Peter Kropotkin proposes “anarchist communism,” arguing for a form of cooperative distribution as well as production.

1936 Spain’s anarchist union, the CNT, boasts more than 1 million members.

1999 Anarchist ideas reemerge around anticapitalist demonstrations in Seattle.

In Europe in the 19th century, modern nation-states emerged, democracy spread, and the relationship ...

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