from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Bakunin, Mikhail Aleksandrovich 1814-1876. Russian anarchist and political theorist who was imprisoned and later exiled to Siberia for his revolutionary activities. He escaped to London (1861), where he opposed Karl Marx. Bakunin's theories of anarchy are considered the antithesis of Marx's communism.

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  • n. Russian anarchist; ally and later opponent of Karl Marx (1814-1876)


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  • Many of the figures we may identify with (such as Bakunin and Marx) were anti-Semites, and many of the organizations within the Left and anarchist scenes have been influenced by anti-Semitism (for instance, the Social Revolutionary Anarchist Foundation, la Vielle Taupe in Paris, David Crowbar's Popular Reality, etc.).

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  • Leaving Germany, Marx and Jenny went to Paris, where he became known to some of the intellectual lights of the French capital, such as Bakunin, the great Russian anarchist, Proudhon, Cabet, and

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  • Their truth is confirmed by a study of the activities of those socialists who were born as members of the aristocracy, or in the upper strata of the bourgeoisie, such as Bakunin and Kropotkin, both Russian nobles and both anarchists, Frederick Engels, Karl Marx.

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  • Using names such as Bakunin, Furywork, and Ghostly -- Bland chose the moniker ShyX, pronounced "shikes" -- they described trips to the Joliet Army Ammunitions Plant, deserted steel mills, Northwestern University's steam tunnels, the gutted Dixie Square Mall in Harvey, and the freight tunnels that lie 40 feet beneath downtown Chicago that could be accessed only through manholes in the middle of intersections.

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  • Whereas many bright Jewish students at City College of New York in the 1930s became communists and later anticommunists, Goodman gravitated toward Bakunin, not Lenin.

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  • I read Bakunin so I get lumped in with neo-cons and fundies?

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  • Members of the Left do believe that human beings are wicked, but argue that human beings are wicked because they are victims of society, history, capitalism, etc. that have made them that way, and since human nature is originally good and/or virtually infinitely malleable (a la Rousseau, Marx, Bakunin, etc.), we only have to change “the system” or “the social environment” to create the “New Socialist Man.”

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  • Thus Nickolai is an outcast, even on the outlaw planet Bakunin.

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  • Mikhail Bakunin to Sayid and Kate, acknowledging that he is indeed an Other.

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  • In a timeshifted Toronto, political firebrand Emma Goldman is paying the rent as a graphic designer … just a few cubicles down from like-minded radical Mikhail Bakunin.

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