Blessed Are The Poor

"The happiest man is he who best knows how to be poor." -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865, French anarchist, revolutionary,    and socialist writer)

Proudhon and Evangelical Poverty

"Poverty glorified by the Gospel is the greatest truth Christ preached to men." -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865, French anarchist, revolutionary, and    socialist writer)

Proudhon and The Gospel

"If we lived as the Gospel recommends, in a spirit of joyous poverty, the most perfect order would reign on earth." -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865, French anarchist, revolutionary,    and socialist writer)

Anti-Proudhon

"Convinced that they will be happy if they are rich, the poor people try to find short cuts to wealth without work or thrift; and the Proudhons are not lacking who teach them the theory." -- Luigi Taparelli D’Azeglio (1793–1862, Italian...

Private Property

Why do I oppose private property?  Private property is a scheme, a system  in which those who are the exclusive and fortunate possessors of private property deprive their neighbors of the minimal property they need for an independent life and...

Religion and Reason

"Every religious soul's first movement is to make its reason agree with its religion." -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865, French anarchist and socialist writer)

Proudhon and Jesus Christ

"We only know about Christ what we are able to infer from the Gospels; and they are a word-puzzle which will never be completely deciphered." -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon, Letter to Maurice, July 29, 1863                        

Labor and Capital

The subordination of labor to capital, the inferiority of labor, implies the superiority of capital, the supremacy of capital.  Think about it! 

Respect For Human Beings

I shall never ratify capitalism.  It is a system which has killed humanity's respect for humanity.  It kills our respect for others, our respect for other persons and for other people. 

Religion

"If religion is necessary for the people, it is not so much to make them happy as to enable them to bear their misfortune: for it is in the extreme inequality of fortunes that one must make use of the expedient of religions: when one has made...

Money and Charity

During the reign of money, justice is reduced to charity.  As long is money rules, as long as capitalism prevails, charity will be capitalism's satellite. Charity is dependent on money; it is controlled by money.   

Proudhon on Property and The State

"Property is the greatest revolutionary force which exists and which may be opposed to the powers." -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon, Théorie de la propriété (Theory of Property)

Proudhon on Property and The State

"The absolute right of the State is in conflict with the absolute right of the property-owner." -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon, Théorie de la propriété (Theory of Property)

Proudhon on Property and The State

"Where shall we find a power capable of counter-balancing the formidable power of the State?  There is none other than property." -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon, Théorie de la propriété (Theory of Property)

Proudhon on Property

"Property is theft." -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon "Property is freedom." -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon

Anarchism and Crime: A Debate

This is an answer to a comment posted by petil: petil wrote: When discussing transparency, it is also necessary to distinguish between asymmetric transparency, symbolized by the 'mirror shades' worn by cops, and real transparency, which...

Pierre Joseph Proudhon and Property

This is an answer to a comment posted by stevehayes13: stevehayes13 wrote: Proudhorn was a confused intellectual pygmy. He thought all property was theft!   Ron Allen answers: Is this all that you know concerning Proudhon's...

The Greatest Fault

"The greatest of faults, I should say, is to be conscious of none." -- Thomas Carlyle (1795-1881, Scottish essayist and historian)

The Social, The Political, The Religious

Our social and political problems are also and always religious problems. Religion has to do with obligation and reverence.  Our social and political problems have everything to do with each person's duty to others, and respect for others. ...

True and False

There is no person who is able to say absolutely, this is true or that is false.

Jesus Christ

"I believe Jesus Christ to be above all else a moralist, a social reformer, in fine, a lover of justice." -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865, French anarchist and socialist writer)  

History

"All history is figurative." -- Pierre Joseph Proudhon (1809-1865, French anarchist and socialist writer)

The Profit Motive

Let's call the profit motive what it truly is: the selfish motive.  This motivation does exist, but there do exist motives of which we do not approve.