Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Bakunin fulminates

"Etatism and anarchy" (1873)
Let us respect [social] scientists for their achievements, but for the sake of their reason and moral integrity we must not give them any privileges and only recognize their right, common to all, to freely preach their convictions, thoughts and knowledge. We should give power neither to them nor to anybody else, for whoever has power becomes, by an immutable law of sociology, an oppressor and exploiter of the society.
Woe unto mankind should theoretical speculation become the only source of guidance for society, should science alone take charge of all social administration. Life would wither, and human society would turn into a voiceless and servile herd. The domination of life by science can have no other result than the brutalization of mankind.

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