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Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809—1865) French social philosopher and journalist

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The doctrine associated with Godwin, Bakunin, Proudhon, and others, that human communities can and should flourish without government. Voluntary cooperation should replace the coercive machinery of the state; government itself corrupts the natural sentiments of people. Anarchists may differ about the nature of the revolution that should destroy state power, but historically have tended to be associated with advocating violent opposition to the state. This makes them sound to be allies of the left, but the libertarian aspects of the doctrine also chime in with the right.

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