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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Tucker, Benjamin R. (1854-1939)

by Aaron Steelman on Aug 15, 2008

Benjamin R. Tucker was the editor of the periodical, Liberty, which was dedicated to spreading Tucker’s ideas about individualist anarchism.

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Benjamin Tucker, Libertarian

by David S. D’Amato on Mar 19, 2018

Often claimed by modern socialist anarchists, Benjamin Tucker fits better in the libertarian tradition.

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Sidney Parker, Egoist: Against All Systems

by David S. D’Amato on May 7, 2019

Sidney Parker’s thoroughgoing Stirnerite individualism set him outside and against all political and moral ideologies.

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Minarchists and Anarchists in Libertarian History

by David S. D’Amato on Nov 27, 2018

Minarchists and anarchists—i.e. champions of the night-watchman state and opponents of any state—aren’t as clearly distinguishable as one might think.