Mikhail Bakunin’s Membership Card from The League of Peace and Freedom




Mikhail Bakunin’s Membership Card from The League of Peace and Freedom

Originally uploaded by Thomas Roche

Anarchist Mikhail Bakunin‘s membership card in the League of Peace and Freedom. For the inagural meeting (September 1867) of this international organization, Bakunin wrote the essay "Federalism, Socialism, and Anti-Theologism." In it, he said "Liberty without socialism is privilege, injustice; socialism without liberty is slavery and brutality." When Bakunin rose to speak, he was greeted and embraced by Giuseppi Garibaldi. There was a standing ovation.

Perhaps Bakunin’s most famous quote is "The passion for destruction is also a creative passion." The narrative Einsteins behind the show Lost decided to appropriate his name for one of their characters.

Information & image from Wikipedia.

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