American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- Proudhon, Pierre Joseph 1809-1865. French anarchist who believed that human moral development would ultimately eliminate the need for laws and government.
- n. French socialist who argued that property is theft (1809-1865)
“Was it Proudhon who said: “Property is theft, property is freedom.”?”
““Property is theft,” I say, reminding them of a fundamental Marxist principle first enunciated by French anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.”
“Pierre-Joseph Proudhon: “I meant your property is theft, not mine.””
“Pierre-Joseph Proudhon would be proud of this Labour government.”
“Or to put it another way, we shall soon be forced to admit, as Pierre-Joseph Proudhon once declared in the wake of the Revolutions of 1848, that:”
“What I have done in this book … is to unite the truth … of Smith and Ricardo to the truth perceived by … Proudhon and Lassalle; to show that laissez faire … opens the way to a realization of the noble dreams of socialism.”
“Robert Louis Stevenson, a far cry from Marx, Proudhon, and Spencer.”
“Proudhon showed him a copy of his own book, just finished, on international armed conflict.”
“Six years before the novel's publicated, Tolstoy had visited the anarchist Pierre-Joseph Proudhon in exile.”
“For, say Proudhon and Warren, if the business of banking were made free to all, more and more persons would enter into it until the competition should become sharp enough to reduce the price of lending money to the labor cost, which statistics show to be less than three-fourths of once per cent.”
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