Federalism, socialism, anti-theologism (speach 1867)
We are happy to be able to report that the principle of federalism has been unanimously acclaimed by the Congress of Geneva…. Unfortunately, this principle has been poorly formulated in the resolutions of the congress. It has not even been mentioned except indirectly. . . while in our opinion, it should have taken first place in our declaration of principles.
This is a most regrettable gap which we should hasten to fill. In accordance with the unanimous sense of the Congress of Geneva, we should proclaim:
- That there is but one way to bring about the triumph of liberty, of justice, and of peace in Europe’s international relations, to make civil war impossible between the different peoples who make up the European family; and that is the formation of the United States of Europe.
- That the United States of Europe can never be formed from the states as they are now constituted, considering the monstrous inequality which exists between their respective forces.
- That the example of the now defunct Germanic Confederation has proved once and for all that a confederation of monarchies is a mockery, powerless to guarantee either the peace or the liberty of populations.
- That no centralized state, being of necessity bureaucratic and militarist, even if it were to call itself republican, will be able to enter an international confederation with a firm resolve and in good faith. Its very constitution, which must always be an overt or covert negation of enduring liberty, would necessarily remain a declaration of permanent warfare, a threat to the existence of its neighbors. Since the State is essentially founded upon an act of violence, of conquest, what in private life goes under the name of housebreaking—an act blessed by all institutionalized religions whatsoever, eventually consecrated by time until it is even regarded as an historic right—and supported by such divine consecration of triumphant violence as an exclusive and supreme right, every centralized State therefore stands as an absolute negation of the rights of all other States, though recognizing them in the treaties it may conclude with them for its own political interest….
That all members of the League should therefore bend all their efforts toward reconstituting their respective countries, in order to replace their old constitution—founded from top to bottom on violence and the principle of authority—with a new organization based solely upon the interests, the needs, and the natural preferences of their populations—having no other principle but the free federation of individuals into communes, of communes into provinces, of the provinces into nations, and, finally, of the nations into the United States of Europe first, and of the entire world eventually.
You can read the rest here: https://www.marxists.org/reference/archive/bakunin/works/various/reasons-of-state.htm
And about Michael Bakunin here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mikhail_Bakunin
Some continents are slowly drifting apart
meeting each other again at the end
on the other side
we often forget the other side of our disagreements
a side where we all started
the side where your opinion was at most a seed
a side where we were still
but a new day
Do you remember those days?
is what our mind does with time
we all know what it is to feel the hurry
the tension between now and nowhere
we feel it escape
maybe that’s the point
do you dare to just let it all go
and see what no time feels like
Some doors are easily opened
but when you get distracted
by what is hanging around it
you doubt if you even want to go
afraid for what you meet
Collected parts of the tracks I made
you can still find them
attached to me
erosion has erased that past
my imprints are gone
washed away by the endless cycle
or will always be unknown
to whoever will stumble
Life is interesting, and the problems we meet are too; there are also enough wars and people that want to tell you how to live. To compensate for all of this, we have inventors and the things they make. Here is an article from Nord-Lock where you can read about the history of the bolt: https://www.nord-lock.com/insights/knowledge/2017/the-history-of-the-bolt/
How sad and bad and mad it was – but then, how it was sweet.
The horizon you see
in the blue skies
and deep oceans
If you color over
over your world
the tools you use
will take this color
You might find a lot of loose screws
but if you still find them
you haven’t fallen apart
When in a dark room
your eyes and you will adjust
and you see the outline of a door
appear as a possible exit
In a darkened place
a door to is hard to find
A walk on the beach
where the retreating water erased
the old footprints
I will make new ones
but I am not sad about it
that also these will be gone
Human all too human II
Mixed opinion and maxims
382 The final lesson of history. -“Ah, if only I had lived at that time!” -these are the words of foolish and frivolous human beings. We will instead, with regard to every bit of history that we have seriously considered, though it may be the most highly praised land of the past, cry out in the end: “anything rather than back there again! The spirit of that age would press down upon you with the weight of a hundred atmospheres, you would not enjoy what is good and beautiful about it, and you would not be able to digest what is bad.” -It is certain that the world to come will judge our age in the same way: it must have been unbearable, life in it has become unlivable. -And yet everyone puts up with his own age?-Yes, and precisely because the spirit of his age not only lies upon him, but is also within him. The spirit of the age offers its own resistance to itself and bears itself up.