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KropotkinReviewing the Classical Anarchist Tradition$
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Ruth Kinna

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780748642298

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748642298.001.0001

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Conclusion to Part 1

Conclusion to Part 1

(p.45) Conclusion to Part 1

Ruth Kinna

Edinburgh University Press

The pre-eminent position that Kropotkin attained as an exponent of anarchism in anarchism’s second wave explains the exhaustion of his political thought in its post-anarchist third incarnation. Kropotkin achieved canonical status as a classical anarchist. Instead of questioning the premises of this representation of his ideas, third-wave anarchists accepted it and used it against him, rejecting Kropotkin as an exponent of classical anarchism. The most important challenge to this view reverses the judgements of dominant second-wave new anarchists, reinforcing an association with a form of revolutionary politics that the third-wave activists hold at arm’s length. In many ways, Kropotkin emerges as an old man: worthy but out-of-time....

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