A state? What is that? Well! open now your ears to me, for now I will speak to you about the death of peoples. State is the name of the coldest of all cold monsters. Coldly it lies; and this lie slips from its mouth: “I, the state, am the people.” It is a lie! It was creators who created peoples, and hung a faith and a love over them: thus they served life. Destroyers are they who lay snares for the many, and call it state: they hang a sword and a hundred cravings over them.”
Keith Preston presents an impressive anthology of twenty-six essays composed between 2001 and 2013, the purpose of which it is to direct the narrative of the anarchist movement and advance its theoretical foundations into an approach more appropriate to the modern era. This begins with an examination of the philosophical premises behind the politics, before expanding further into elements of practicability.