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The prince who became a radical
"The prince who became a radical"

"Göran Greider about the anarchist Kropotkins memoirs: Read and become a better person!"

"Are you sorry? Do you see no hope in the political situation? "

"In that case, it is a good idea to read Peter Kropotkins autobiography of A anarkists memories. I know no political book that exudes such a strange optimism, and it has followed me since my teenage years, when I sometimes read it as a facts."

"This is like saying if the Kropotkins escape from the Peter Paul-fortress, if the ciphered letter that the passage of the radicals wrote to each other, about spies and about his adventurous travels in Siberia, where no european set his foot."

"It's the 1800s when it is at its best, with a natural faith in the progress of humankind and a Russian radikals equally obvious love for the peasants and workers, whose ”sound judgment” Kropotkin never doubted."

"The large foreign country in the east opens up for the reader and I would believe that many may even have a different view on the famous Russian ”nihilism”, which even today is associated with terror and Raskolnikovs yxmord. Kropotkin claimed that Western misunderstood this nihilism, that in fact it was a kind of uppriktighetsfilosofi, a code of ethics that turned against all officiöst hypocrisy, yes a kind of existentialism, proclaimed by the role models that Bakunin. "

"Prince Kropotkin was born in 1842 into the Russian nobility, more specifically, Moskvaadeln who lived their listless but the glittering life in the pacific block behind the Kremlin – the envy of the nobility in the capital city of st. Petersburg, and in the summer for their goods."

"nPjotrs father took himself over 1,200 serfs souls that he treated neither better or worse than the other nobility did, that is to say, with an indifferent, normalized cruelty. As a young man was awarded the father of a military medal of bravery by the tsar, after a child for a campaign against the turks rescued from a burning house – of the father's livegne servant; the father thought it was obvious that he himself received the medal. When the family ate dinner, stood behind each member of the family a servant ready to serve, " says Kropotkin about growing up in an incredibly privileged existence. In the teens occupied in the so-called pagekåren, a kind of military academy with special ties to the imperial court."

"nJag should not pull Kropotkins life story. But when I now read the more complete edition which come of the autobiography are looking it in a different way in the present. The question that emerges in the pages is this: How could it be that a man who is born into such a privileged life to finally choose to break with it? How was he radikaliserad (a word that I refuse to put quotation marks around)? "

"In a century's time, let's say from 1880 to 1980, the world was full of those removed from elitskikten, when upper class people broke with their inherited loyalties and chose to challenge a whole system. From a Kropotkin or a William Morris all the way to a Olof Palme illustrated many socialist figures in Brecht's famous poem: "

"”I was born in ettu002F affluent home. My föräldraru002F hung on me collar and uppfostradeu002F me in habits that require service, undervisadu002F I became in the art to give the orders.u002F But when I grew up and saw me omu002F I did not like people of my klassu002F accustomed to give orders and to be betjänadeu002F and I left my class and made me tillu002F the lower.u002F Därmedu002Fhar they raised a traitor, learned honomu002F in their konsteru002Foch he förråderu002F them for the enemy.”"

"today, towering a mighty national and global elite again over the world's populations. One report after another tells us that so and so many dozen billionaires earn as much as half the world's population. Nevertheless, one sees increasingly rarely descend from the heights and brechtianskt abandon their privileges. On the contrary, it is striking how massive and bantering attacks from the bourgeois writers as soon as they avgrundslika the gaps pointed out – this is actually a faktaresistens that is not the old Russian upper class."

"nKropotkins story borne of a deep trust in his time the peasants and workers but also by a conviction that more and more individuals within the samhällseliterna in the long run realize how unsustainable the situation is."

"No upheaval has taken place, he writes, but ”the new ideals spread also to the class whose economical and political privileges of going to the storms.” Also Kropotkins variation of america that speaks about ”the mutual help” instead of competition alone, and that many contemporary evolutionary biologists refer to, holds a hope that, in all human is a ”social core” to the end always gives themselves known."

"the Kropotkins memories is remarkable, therefore, that the more pointing towards the future than the past. Not a single querulous tone of voice are perceived. Read and become a happier and maybe even better human being!"

"" En anarkists memories"

"Translation: Karin Grelz."

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