Monday, July 17, 2006
Proudhon's "The State" - Two Translations
The newest additions to the Proudhon archive in the Labyrinth are two translations of his essay "The State," a polemic against Louis Blanc and Pierre Leroux, and a defence of anarchy as the logical outcome of the February 1848 Revolution. William B. Greene published a partial translation in The Word, August 1872. Benjamin Tucker published a more complete version in Liberty (January 28 and February 11, 1888). Side by side, they reveal more than a bit about the translators. Notice that Greene, who was strongly influenced by Leroux and remained committed to his "heretical" Christian faith long after leaving the ministry, leaves out much of the personal attack and the anti-religious material.