“We know well the means by which this association of lord, priest, merchant, judge, soldier, and king founded its domination. It was by the annihilation of all free unions: of village communities, guilds, trades unions, fraternities and medieval cities. It was by confiscating the land of the communes and the riches of the guilds. It was by the absolute and ferocious prohibition of all kinds of free agreement between men. It was by massacre, the wheel, the gibbet, the sword, and the fire that church and State established their domination and that they succeeded henceforth to reign over an incoherent agglomeration of ‘subjects’ who had no more direct union among themselves”.
Peter Kropotkin, Anarchism: Its Philosophy and Ideal
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