The Well-Read Anarchist #006 – “What is Property?” by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon – Chapter Four

by | Feb 5, 2015 | The Well-Read Anarchist | 3 comments

wralogoThe Well-Read Anarchist podcast continues its exploration of the works of Pierre-Joseph Proudhon with a reading of his first major work, “What is Property?” published in 1840. Today we read Chapter Four of the book, “That Property is Impossible.”


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  1. I expect this was on the (hidden) list of James’ new year resolutions.

    • We should start some sort of system for keeping track of everyone’s predictions.

  2. I’m very, very pleased that James decided to continue this series, new year resolutions or not.

    That Capitalism is a lie, i already concluded on my own, whether a thing like Anarchism is the/an answer i highly doubt, but Proudhon at least does a much better job luring me over to that view than, let’s say, the overly harsh words of a Stefan Molyneux.

    Proudhon’s views on property are extremely sympathetic to me, but then, i lost my own appetite for property a long time ago. I agree it’s very hard to imagine a system of free exchange, even for basics needs, on a global scale. Not to mention how such a system would look if humanity wants to keep up with those really big technological / infrastructural ‘necessities’.

    I loathe expressions like ‘evil’, because there’s too much religious connotations, but…

    Personally i think that the ‘evil’ in humanity is an integral part of it’s essence. Because we as a society lie to ourself denying that part of us, we become victims to those who accepted humanity as it really is. Really not so very ‘humanitarian’ at all!

    Duh, hopefully this still makes some sense, as English is not my native language. Also i drunk enough to make me want to articulate this, but probably too much to be fully capable to do it 😉


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