Carlo Marx by Mons. Francesco Olgiati

By Mons. Francesco Olgiati

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Since vice is principally error, enlightenment will be enough to make people virtuous. Godwin is realistic enough to recognize that even in a free society it may be necessary to restrain violent people on a temporary basis, but they should always be treated kindly and kept within the community as far as possible. '57 The aim should always be to resolve conflict rather than apportion blame. Eventually, Godwin believed, it would only be necessary to recommend rather than enforce the decisions of juries.

He argued that they went wrong not in wanting to abolish the State, but in wanting to abolish it overnight. Lenin felt it was essential to 'smash' the inherited bureaucratic military State machine. But this did not mean doing away with State power altogether since it was necessary for the proletariat to use it during its dictatorship in a transitional period. 48 Lenin has been accused of hypocrisy in his call for the withering away of the State immediately before his seizure of power in Russia.

5 In the anarchists' case, they are not c04cemed with the freedom of a particular class or elite, but the freedom of all human beings. 7 While this verbal distinction is peculiar to Freedom and Etjua/ity 37 English, most anarchists reject the Roman sense of libertos as popular government embodied in a republican constitution. Their principal concern is with freedom from external political authority. They do not accept like Locke that the State is necessary to protect individual liberty. They equally reject Rousseau's notion of civil liberty in which one can be legitimately forced to obey the laws one makes for oneself.

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