Proudhon: What is Property?

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 25, 1994 - History - 225 pages
"This is a 1994 translation of one of the classics of the traditions of anarchism and socialism. Pierre-Joseph Proudhon was a contemporary of Marx and one of the most acute, influential and subversive critics of modern French and European society. His What is Property? (1840) produced the answer 'Property is theft'; the book itself has become a classic of political thought through its wide-ranging and deep-reaching critique of private property as at once the essential institution of Western culture and the root cause of greed, corruption, political tyranny, social division and violation of natural law. A critical and historical introduction situates Proudhon's 'diabolical work' (as he called it) in the context of nineteenth-century social and legal controversy and of the history of political thought in general."--Publisher description.
 

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Contents

Preface
3
Method followed in this work Idea of a revolution
13
Property considered as a natural right Occupation
35
Labour as the efficient cause of the domain of property
67
That property is impossible
117
property
133
Property is impossible because with it society
140
Property is impossible because it is the mother
157
Property is impossible because its power
163
Psychological exposition of the idea of the just and
170
Notes
218
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