Born OTD in 1814, one of the most influential figures of anarchism & one of the principal founders of the social anarchist tradition, Mikhail Bakunin. In 1868, Bakunin joined the Geneva section of the First International, in which he remained very active until he was expelled from the International by Karl Marx & his followers at the Hague Congress in 1872. Although Bakunin accepted elements of Marx’s class analysis & theories regarding capitalism, acknowledging “Marx’s genius”, he thought Marx’s analysis was one-sided, & that Marx’s methods would compromise the social revolution. More importantly, Bakunin criticized “authoritarian socialism” & the concept of dictatorship of the proletariat which he adamantly refused, saying: “If you took the most ardent revolutionary, vested him in absolute power, within a year he would be worse than the Tsar himself”

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The spellbinding story of both the man and the theory, Bakunin chronicles one of the most notorious radicals in history, as well as the founding of anarchism, here revealed as a practical moral philosophy based in a critique of wealth and power. Marl Leier corrects many of the popular misconceptions about Bakunin and his ideas, offering fresh interpretations of his life and thoughts. Bakunin is an insightful read for all those who wish to better understand the fundamental basis of modern radical movements

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