Ideas on Social Organisation - James Guillaume

Ideas on Social Organisation - James Guillaume

A pamphlet written by James Guillaume in the 1870's attempting to sketch out and explain how society will transition from a class based society to a classless one during a revolution.

Translators Notes,

Bakunin was above all preoccupied with the theory and practice of revolution and wrote very little about how the everyday practical problems of social reconstruction would be handled immediately following a successful revolution. Nevertheless, these problems were intensively discussed in Bakunin’s circle and among the anti-authoritarian sections of the International. In “Ideas on Social Organization”, Guillaume discusses the transition from capitalism to anarchism – a synthesis of “Bakuninist” ideas on how this transition could be effected without the restoration of authoritarian institutions.”

Its value lies not in the specific recommendations (most of them outdated, some rather naive, although a number of them are remarkably similar to measures adopted by anarchist collectives in Spain during the late thirties) but in its formulation of the fundamental principles of anarchism. Guillaume’s essay was written in 1874 and published in 1876, the year of Bakunin’s death.

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Mar 25 2018 20:30


  • The ideas outlined in the following pages can be effectively achieved only by means of a revolutionary movement.

    James Guillaume


Mar 26 2018 10:38

Thanks for this! I've been looking for Guillaume in English. Was it you who translated it, or do you have any more info on this translation?

rafi dawn
Mar 26 2018 14:44

no pdf ? :-<

Mar 26 2018 14:51
rafi dawn
Mar 26 2018 14:53

Source: Bakunin on Anarchy, translated and edited by Sam Dolgoff, 1971.

Mar 26 2018 14:54

I am proud to say that I am the author of the notes section at the end smile

Mar 26 2018 14:56
Mar 29 2018 21:22

Will read this. Guillaume is an underrated figure.