8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 31 August 2006
The question is was Proudhon as much of a genius as Marx, and the answer is possibly. You see, the critical issue is he was writing a whole decade before the Communist Manifesto was published and God knows how long before Das Capital. And Marx (and Engels) nicked all his ideas. Proudhon starts talking about the economic relationship between capital and labour, in much more understandable terms than Das Kapital. And he doesn't end up compromising like Marx did (and I'm paraphrasing here) 'Well we don't mind making your bombs, so long as we can have a revolution, get paid more and we can join a trade union'.
The rise of anarchism in political thought and activism recently makes Proudhon's analysis seem timeless and relevant. A must-have for anyone with half a brain cell.
I find the introduction on the blue edition a bit patronising. I think a true anarchist should have written it. I suppose that's the problem, we're all too busy messing around with our aromatherapy sessions to bother complaining to the Cambridge University Press about getting someone with decent ideas to write a good introduction to a seminal piece.