- Our Lost Continent and the Journey Back [main page]
- What Mutualism Was: Coming to Terms with our Anarchist Past [main page]
- What Is Property? Chapter One notes
- What Is Property? Chapter 2, part 3 notes
- What Is Property? Chapter 2, part 2 notes
- What Is Property? Ch. 2 notes, part 1
- Varieties of “theft” and “property”
- Reading “What is Property? — The Third Social Form
- Reading “The Third Social Form” — I
- Proudhon’s Barbaric Yawp (1840)
- Proudhon’s “What is Property” reviewed in “La Phalange” (1840)
- Proudhon’s “last word”
- Proudhon seminar: Initial thoughts
- Proudhon on Property: Response
- Property? It’s just a phase… (Proudhon to the Academy of Besançon, 1840)
- P.-J. Proudhon, “The Third Form of Society” (1840)
- Notes on “What is Property?” (2019)
- Another look at Proudhon (and an invitation to experiment)
- Amant ou mari?
- “What Is Property?” vs “Theory of Property”?
- “What is certain is that property is to be regenerated among us”
- “Labor destroys Property” (Notes on “What is Property?”)
Our Lost Continent: Chronology:
In the history of “the anarchist idea,” 1840 is not the beginning, but it is clearly one of those moments when something begins, conjured up with what has been a remarkably durable power by P.-J. Proudhon’s anarchist declaration, his barbaric yawp: je suis anarchiste.
The fact that historical beginnings and endings are, at least in part, a matter of choice, often with significant consequences, is central to the argument about “anarchist history” that drives Our Lost Continent and the Journey Back. And it is highlighted by the structure of the work, in which the narrative concerning the primary period to be covered, 1840-1934, is extended “externally” at each end with discussions of where else things might have begun or ended, interrupted by the incorporation at various points of elements from outside that primary period, and then divided internally into segments, each of which will have its own lessons to teach, while also contributing to the overall narrative.
In this history, Proudhon’s What is Property? — and a few related events — will inevitably overshadow nearly everything else that occurred in 1840. But it will be necessary to account for a few key works, such as Pierre Leroux’s De l’humanité, de son principe, et de son avenir, où se trouve exposée la vraie définition de la religion et où l’on explique le sens, la suite et l’enchaînement du Mosaïsme et du Christianisme, which would be an influence on a number of figures who will feature in later episodes.