I build no system. I ask an end to privilege, the abolition of slavery, equality of rights, and the reign of law. Justice, nothing else; that is the alpha and omega of my argument: to others I leave the business of governing the world.
Ch. I: "Method Pursued in this Work. The Idea of a Revolution"
I stand ready to negotiate, but I want no part of laws: I acknowledge none; I protest against every order with which some authority may feel pleased on the basis of some alleged necessity to over-rule my free will. Laws: We know what they are, and what they are worth! They are spider webs for the rich and mighty, steel chains for the poor and weak, fishing nets in the hands of government .Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
All parties without exception, when they seek for power , are varieties of absolutism .Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Property is impossible.Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
The elements of justice are identical with those of algebra.Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
AXIOM. Property is the Right of Increase claimed by the Proprietor over any thing which he has stamped as his own.Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
The proprietor, producing neither by his own labor nor by his implement, and receiving products in exchange for nothing, is either a parasite or a thief.Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
As man seeks justice in equality , so society seeks order in anarchy .Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Tormented by conflicting feelings, I appealed to reason ; and it is reason which, amid so many dogmatic contradictions, now forces the hypothesis upon me. A priori dogmatism, applying itself to God, has proved fruitless: who knows whither the hypothesis, in its turn, will lead us? I will explain therefore how, studying in the silence of my heart, and far from every human consideration, the mystery of social revolutions, God, the great unknown, has become for me an hypothesis, I mean a necessary dialectical tool.Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
All parties without exception, when they seek for power, are varieties of absolutism.Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
Universal suffrage is counter-revolution.Pierre-Joseph Proudhon
All my economic ideas as developed over twenty-five years can be summed up in the words: agricultural-industrial federation. All my political ideas boil down to a similar formula: political federation or decentralization.Pierre-Joseph Proudhon