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By Errico Malatesta

Whereas Malatesta was once hiding from the police he usually went to a restaurant in Ancona, Italy. He had shaved off his traditional beard yet he was once nonetheless taking a threat. in particular as this wasn't an anarchist cafe, yet had a number of consumers together with the neighborhood policeman. The conversations he had during this café turned the foundation for the dialogues that make up this e-book. For the 1st time in English, Malatesta, in his ordinary common sense and matter-of-fact kind, units out and severely analyses the arguments for and opposed to anarchism. Translated via Paul Nursey-Bray, it is a vintage defence of anarchism that anticipates the increase of nationalism, fascism and communism.

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G iven moments and in g iven circumsta nces, regard as the best conduct. In short, for each person good morals accord with what they like or what pleases them, for material or for emotional reasons. In fact, the major damage caused by crime is not so much the single and transitory instance of the violation of the rights of a few individuals, but the danger that it will serve as an opportunity and pretext for the constitution of an authority For you morality enjoins respect for the law, that is, subm is­ that, with the outward appearance of defending society will sion to the privileges enjoyed by your class; for us it subdue and oppress it.

Done the way the State usually does it, that is hardly at all. The truth is that it is always the workers who really do those thi ngs, and the State, setti ng itself up a s their regulator, transforms such services into instruments of I n despotic States, where all the inhabitants are treated l i ke domination, turning them to the special advantage of the a herd in the service of the sole ruler, no one has a will but rulers and owners. 84 85 Education spreads, if there is in the public the desire for instruction and if there are teachers capable of educati ng; public health thrives, when the public knows, appreciates and can put into practice public health rules, and when there are doctors capable of giving people advice; the lives of cit­ izens are safe when the people are accustomed to consider life and human liberties sacred and when .

There will be bombs, massacres, and the rest. One would have to wait too long ! And, what s u mmary executions; and then plunder, arson and similar i s worse, one would wait i n vai n ! niceties. H uman evolution moves in the d irection i n which it is driven G I O R G I O : You , my dear, s i r, have simply come to the wrong person you must have thought you were talking to some official o r other who commands E u ropean soldiers, when they go to civilise Africa or Asia, or when they civilise each other back home.

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