Bakunin: “Solidarity in Liberty”

(24 April 2013)

I’ve been reading Bakunin lately for some research I’ve been doing, and I thought I’d post some more great excerpts from his works (this is the last one, I swear, haha), this time from his 1867 essay “Solidarity in Liberty” (emphasis mine).

This is a short one, but it’s quite, quite sweet.

The true, human liberty of a single individual implies the emancipation of ALL: because, thanks to the law of solidarity, which is the natural basis of all human society, I cannot be, feel, and know myself really, completely free, if I am not surrounded by men as free as myself. The slavery of each is my slavery.