Quotes from Mikhail Bakunin



God and the State

"Christianity is the complete negation of common sense and sound reason."

"A Boss in Heaven is the best excuse for a boss on earth, therefore If God did exist, he would have to be abolished."

"All religions, with their gods, demigods, prophets, messiahs and saints, are the product of the fancy and credulity of men
 who have not yet reached the full development and complete personality of their intellectual powers."

"But here steps in Satan, the eternal rebel, the first free-thinker and emancipator of worlds.  He makes man ashamed of his bestial ignorance and obedience; he emancipates him, stamps upon his brow the seal of liberty and humanity, in urging him to disobey and eat of the fruit of knowledge."

"If God is, man is a slave; now, man can and must be free; then, God does not exist."  I defy anyone whomsoever to avoid this circle; now, therefore, let all choose."

"They [religious idealists] say in a single breath: "God and the liberty of man," "God and the dignity, justice, equality, fraternity, prosperity of men" -- regardless of the fatal logic by virtue of which, if God exists, all these things are condemned to nonexistence. For, if God is, he is necessarily the eternal, supreme, absolute master, and, if such a master exists, man is a slave. Now, if he is a slave, neither justice, nor equality, nor fraternity, nor prosperity are possible for him. In vain, flying in the face of good sense and all the teachings of history, do they represent their God as animated by the tenderest love of human liberty. A master, whoever he may be and however liberal he may desire to show himself, remains none the less always a master."

"The first revolt is against the supreme tyranny of theology, of the phantom of God. As long as we have a master in heaven, we will be slaves on earth."

Church and State

"For ten centuries Christianity, armed with the omnipotence of the Church and State and opposed by no competition, was able to deprave, debase, and falsify the mind of Europe.  It had no competitors, because outside the Church there was neither thinkers nor educated persons.  It alone taught, it alone spoke and wrote, it alone taught."

"With the name of God they imagine that they can establish fraternity among men, and on the contrary, they create pride, contempt; they sow discord, hatred, war; they establish slavery.  For with God came the different degrees of divine inspiration; humanity is divided into men highly inspired, less inspired, uninspired.  All are equally insignificant before God, it is true; but compared with each other, some are greater than others; not only in fact- which would be of no consequence, because inequality in fact is lost in the collectivity when it cannot cling to some legal fiction or institution- but by the divine right of inspiration, which immediately establishes a fixed, constant, petrifying inequality.  The highly inspired must be listened to and obeyed by the less inspired, and the less inspired by the uninspired.  Thus we have the principle of authority well established, and with it the two fundamental institutions of slavery: Church and State."

Random Quotes

"The idea of God implies the abdication of human reason and justice; it is the most decisive negation of human liberty and necessarily ends in the enslavement of mankind both in theory and practice.  He who desires to worship God must harbor no childish illusions about the matter but bravely renounce his liberty and humanity."

"God, or rather the fiction of God, is thus the sanction and the intellectual and moral cause of all the slavery on earth, and the liberty of men will not be complete, unless it will have completely annihilated the inauspicious fiction of a heavenly master."

"Theology is the science of the divine lie."

"People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern: to stupefy themselves, to forget their misery, to imagine themselves, for a few minutes anyway, free and happy."

"Religion is a collective insanity."


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