Carnet 9, 19

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Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Carnet No. 9 (March 12, 1851; Carnets, vol. 4, p. 208)



[19] Revolutionary practice. – The great principles of society are principles of direction, rather than application. Thus, obviously, we must act in politics as if we aimed at the complete destruction of all government; not as if, at this moment, all governmental force should cease.

Likewise, property is theft.

Likewise, God is the Devil.

Likewise, Association, salariat, etc. etc.

No authority either of government over man; it is the law of direction! -- Thus, simplification, repeal of laws and of authority, greater and greater liberty.

But we have a party, wretches, conspirators, charlatans, poor ignorant folk, thus protection and guarantee, support of government.

— Girardin speaks the phrase abolition of the State. There is L. Blanc completely discredited.

No more State, that is my cry! No more Government, it is synonymous! It is difficult not to recognize that all these formulas,


No more President,
No more representatives,
No more delegates,
No more Authority
No more State,
No more Government


     = Anarchy


are perfectly synonymous, and are the exact translation of that Greek word An-Archia


No more Government.


That word An-archy, so often slandered by the rulers and cast at the people as a symbol of terror, is the proper word, the only exact and admissible word, precisely because of its correlatives, Mon-archy and Olig-archy, or demo-cracy, autocracy, and aristo-cracy.

No, not even the Direct Government of the People, for it is always the government of someone.


Pamphlet to write: Showing that the direct government of the People is always the government of the few.




[Working translation by Shawn P. Wilbur.]

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Proudhon, P.-J. (Pierre-Joseph), 1809-1865, “Carnet 9, 19,” The Libertarian Labyrinth, accessed November 11, 2019,

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