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Articles by: Milan Djurasovic

Unfortunate Set of Circumstances

Unfortunate Set of Circumstances

It was a cloudy Sunday morning and Vesna was cooking up a storm for her two colleagues from work. All three of them were immigrants from Eastern Europe with similar pasts, comparable presents, and daunting futures. Back in their youth they were oblivious optimists, but a series of debilitating clean sweeps gradually turned them into neurotic toilet scrubbers who could[Read More…]

Reconciling Mutual Aid With Revolutionary Violence: The Case of Peter Kropotkin

Reconciling Mutual Aid With Revolutionary Violence: The Case of Peter Kropotkin

An American evolutionary biologist and historian of science, Stephen J. Gould, wrote the following in his essay titled “Kropotkin Was No Crackpot”: “More generally, I like to apply a somewhat cynical rule of thumb in judging arguments about nature that also have overt social implications: When such claims imbue nature with just those properties that make us feel good or[Read More…]

Human Potential: The Case of Peter Kropotkin

Human Potential: The Case of Peter Kropotkin

  “The function of ethics is not even so much to insist upon the defects of man, and to reproach him with his ‘sins,’ as to act in the positive direction, by appealing to man’s best instincts.”[1] Those best instincts are the very ones that urge us to engage in acts of mutual-aid, justice, and self-sacrifice. Peter Kropotkin writes that nature is[Read More…]

Morality: The Lust For Pleasure -The Case of Peter Kropotkin

Morality: The Lust For Pleasure -The Case of Peter Kropotkin

According to N. Lebedev, Kropotkin’s editor with whom he frequently corresponded both in person and through letters, two central reasons prompted the celebrated anarchist to devote the last years of his life to writing about the fundamental questions of ethics. The last decade of the nineteenth century saw an influx of ideas about the relativity of ethical conduct and even[Read More…]

Propaganda By Deed And The Glory Of Self-Sacrifice: The Case of Peter Kropotkin

Propaganda By Deed And The Glory Of Self-Sacrifice: The Case of Peter Kropotkin

  George Woodcock, a prominent Canadian writer and anarchist thinker, writes that anarchism’s “ultimate aim is always social change; its present attitude is always one of social condemnation, even though it may proceed from an individualist view of man’s nature; its method is always that of social revolution, violent or otherwise.”[1] Peter Kropotkin was not a pacifist. More often than[Read More…]

Anarchist Communism: The Most Moral Organization Of Society?

Anarchist Communism: The Most Moral Organization Of Society?

Introduction Prince Peter A. Kropotkin (1842-1921), second only to Mikhail A. Bakunin among the Russian anarchist philosophers in terms of popularity and influence on the anarchist communist thought, authored a momentous scientific work which asserted that cooperation within a single species was a more significant factor of evolution than were the competition and struggle for existence. On the other hand,[Read More…]