Provos and Kabouters

  • Rudolf de Jong
Part of the Studies in Comparative Politics book series (STCP)


‘The fundamental trouble with the anarchist is that, though he may be highly intelligent, he has no sense.’ With this remark Alexander Gray begins his conclusions on anarchism in his book The Socialist Tradition.1 But this statement is not a conclusion, it merely begs the question. Because what is ‘sense’ in a world of war, hunger, militarism and repression? What is the meaning of ‘sense’ to people who reject — as anarchists do — the realities of the foundations of our society?


Trade Union Capitalist Society Dutch Society Municipal Council Socialist Tradition 
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  1. 1.
    Alexander Gray, The Socialist Tradition: Moses to Lenin, London, 1948, p. 380.Google Scholar
  2. 4.
    Paul Avricb, The Russian Anarchists, Princeton, 1967, p. 252.Google Scholar
  3. 5.
    J. Langdon Davies, Behind the Spanish Barricades, cited by Gerald Brenan, The Spanish Labyrinth: An Account of the Social and Political Background of the Civil War, Cambridge, 1943, PP. 195–6. Google Scholar

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