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Single Idea 21521

[catalogued under 25. Society / D. Political Doctrines / 3. Anarchism]

Full Idea

The greatest degree of liberty is not secured by anarchy. ...[22] The results of anarchy between states should suffice to persuade us that anarchism has no solution to offer for the evils of the world.

Gist of Idea

Anarchy does not maximise liberty


Bertrand Russell (Political Ideals [1917], 1)

A Reaction

I've heard Russell described as an anarchist, but this clearly wasn't true in 1917. Presumably liberty has to be protected. That we were watching anarchy between states in 1917 is a vivid observation.

Book Reference

Russell,Bertrand: 'Political Ideals' [Spokesman 2007], p.21