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State/Kropotkin: Thesis: In the centuries after the Middle Ages, the states on the continent and in the British Isles systematically eradicated all institutions in which the tendency towards mutual assistance had previously found its expression. […] The usurpation of all social functions by the state had to promote the development of an unbridled, mentally limited individualism. (1)
VsKropotkin: 1. He does not identify the real enemy here: the states do not act, they are always groups of people. This leads him to an idealized and unhistorical representation of social life.
VsKropotkin: 2. He falls into a dualism of repressive state on the one hand and a life context based on mutual solidarity on the other. That there could also be freedom in the state and oppression in the community was obviously beyond his imagination.

1. Pjotr Alexejewitsch Kropotkin, Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution, London 1902. Dt.: Peter Kropotkin, Gegenseitige Hilfe in der Tier- und Menschenwelt. Mit einem Nachwort neu herausgegeben von Henning Ritter, Frankfurt/M./Berlin/Wien 1975, S. 210f.

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Kropot I
Peter Kropotkin
Gegenseitige Hilfe in der Tier- und Menschenwelt Frankfurt/Berlin/Wien 1975

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018

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