Pierre-Joseph Proudhon was the first person to call himself an anarchist and the originator of the phrase 'property is theft'. A prolific writer and thinker of the 1800s, his political philosophy continues to be influential upon today's libertarian political stands. Considered to be more influential than Marx in his lifetime, his work tackles labour, property, law, machinery, democracy and class. This collection brings together a definitive selection of his writing, much of which has long been out of print.
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon: Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (1809-1869) was one of the most important and influential political theorists of the 19th century. The first person to call himself an anarchist, he is the author of What is Property? An Inquiry into the Principle of Right and of Government ; The System of Economical Contradictions (or, the Philosophy of Misery) ; and The General Idea of the Revolution in the Nineteenth Century.