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Without Reform, the Communists Will Win

by Wordsworth Donisthorpe in 1880

In our first selection from The Claims of Labour, Donisthorpe surveys his philosophy, purpose, and method of unifying capitalists and laborers.

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The Germ of the State

by Wordsworth Donisthorpe in 1889

Donisthorpe begins this important contribution to trans-Atlantic libertarianism by investigating the claim that the state is an organism.

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The Functions of the State

by Wordsworth Donisthorpe in 1889

In pursuit of understanding what the state may legitimately do, Donisthorpe explains what modern states actually do.

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The Capitalist’s Place in the New Economy

by Wordsworth Donisthorpe in 1880

Donisthorpe argues that once workers were respected as more than drudge-laborers, everyone could be a capitalist and entrepreneur with few settling for socialism.

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The Structure of the State

by Wordsworth Donisthorpe in 1889

Donisthorpe stakes his claim for democracy, both the general trend of history and the first step to a more individualistic world.

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Bridging the Class Divide

by Wordsworth Donisthorpe in 1880

Our chess-playing, motion picture-inventing, radical individualist author urges gentlemanly peers to share their profits and respect their workers.

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Who Governs Whom, and How

by Wordsworth Donisthorpe in 1889

Setting the tone for the rest of his book, our author argues that complex societies require innumerable interlocking and overlapping local institutions.

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Integration with Decentralization

by Wordsworth Donisthorpe in 1889

Surveying the history of states from the fall of Rome to modern Britain, Donisthorpe introduces his plea for “Integration with Decentralization.”

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After Nestor: The Woes of an Anarchist

by Wordsworth Donisthorpe and Benjamin Tucker in 1897

In a delightful display of trans-Atlantic libertarianism and radical individualism, Wordsworth Donisthorpe pours out his troubled soul.