At the Cafe: Conversations on Anarchism by Errico Malatesta PDF

By Errico Malatesta

ISBN-10: 1904491065

ISBN-13: 9781904491064

Whereas Malatesta used to be hiding from the police he frequently went to a restaurant in Ancona, Italy. He had shaved off his traditional beard yet he used to be nonetheless taking a danger. in particular as this wasn't an anarchist cafe, yet had a number of consumers together with the neighborhood policeman. The conversations he had during this café grew to become the foundation for the dialogues that make up this e-book. For the 1st time in English, Malatesta, in his traditional common sense and matter-of-fact variety, units out and seriously analyses the arguments for and opposed to anarchism. Translated by means of Paul Nursey-Bray, it is a vintage defence of anarchism that anticipates the increase of nationalism, fascism and communism.

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On the contrary, the difficulty is aggravated. The You must understand that if today we wont to make a revo­ governing fraction can not only use its own resources to lution against the government, it is not in order to submit aur­ ignore or violate the will of others, but has at its disposal the selves supinely to new oppressors. If such as these win, the strength of the whole society to impose its will. This is the revolution would be defeated, and it would have to be re­ case in our present society where the working class provides made.

Without authority no society is possible. A M B R O G I O : No, no, I admit that society m ust have a s a goal the well-being of all, but I cannot because of this accept G I O R G I O . Exactly the reverse. A society i n the strict sense your system. I am trying hard to get inside your point of of the word can only exist among equals; a nd these equals view, and since I have token on i n terest in the discussion I make agreements a mong themselves if in them they find wou ld l i ke, at least for myself, to have a clear ideo of what pleasure and convenience, but they will not submit to each you wont: but your conclusions seem to be so utopian, so .

S ,m p strating your contradictions and showing you that you should be a mutualist and not a comm u nist' a And then I would have to say to you that the division of erty into small portions would render any large AnlrArr\ri .. impossible and result in general poverty. ity. ty. then, there i s n o more l i ber A M B R O G I O : But, G I O R G I O : But I am not a mutualist, a partisan of the sion of property, nor is, as for as I know, any other socialist. I don't thi nk that dividing property would be worse than ing it whole in the hands of the capitalists; bul I know this division, where possible, would cause g rave damage production .

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