Proudhon’s essay “What is Government? What is God?” appeared first in the Voix du Peuple, November 5, 1849, then as the preface to The Confessions of a Revolutionary, as well as in the Melanges volumes of the Lacroix collected works. It was the occasion for one of the more important responses by Pierre Leroux—a response which seems to have influenced William Batchelder Greene.
 Chapitre II. L’Etat. Transition : Que l’idée d’une spontanéité dans la nation, conduit à celle d’une existence réelle et concrète de l’Etat.—Théorie idéaliste et théorie réaliste de l’Etat : principe de collectivité.—La politique, de subjective, artificielle […]
P.-J. Proudhon, Carnets, Vol. 4 (Carnet No. 8, 311-312): 154-155. — The Marvelous [or the Supernatural] in Humanity, third cause of revolution. — Subordinate to the common sense, but distinct from it. — It is […]