110. From time to time, we all feel that a moral imperative arises in our daily lives. We are driven, as individuals, to do something; to act within the framework of a law that we feel inside us. At the same time, we know that we are not alone. We know that many others share our sense of justice. Their social actions (concretely, their political choices) may differ from our own, but they are recognized by us as manifestations of a consensus.
112. The drama of social relationships is finding a formula that is not only the most functional, but the most humane one. The notion of the state as the sole reference point in matters of power that has been consecrated in a certain epoch, is an unbearable detour, and it is being increasingly abandoned. The anarchist’s cry is: Abandon power and use the anarchy of relationships!
114. Anarchists have had irreparable misinterpretations of the formula: we must replace the state by anarchy, property and social hierarchy by an equitable sharing of goods. The formula is universal brotherhood, universal liberty: human nature, which is reason, needs to participate in the construction of the plan of things. The moral criterion is the same: we are obliged to love each other as rational beings called to a common destiny. Now, an anarchist will say: let the brothers begin to know that they are brothers, and that they are the only ones who do not follow a plan, but a universal plan.
116. This is the point that anarchists make. They demand that, in addition to a freedom of exploitation, of exchanges to benefit each individual, something else be granted: the right to liberty, which includes the power to do just what we believe will do us good. d2c66b5586