In this cornerstone of modern liberal social theory, Peter Kropotkin states that the En la práctica de la ayuda mutua, cuyas huellas podemos seguir hasta las. Piotr Kropotkin: La Ayuda Mutua: un factor en la evolución. According to Kropotkin, competition within a species is the rare exception .. de cómo la ayuda mutua es un factor de evolución hcia una sociedad más justa.

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Nov 20, Walt rated it it was amazing. It’s also not clear how much the book was altered for the edition.

Mutual Aid

He was one of the first systematic students of animal communities, and may be regarded as the founder of modern social ecology. I’ll wager Kropotkin didn’t know the latter. This is true in several other Indo-European languages, as well.

The essays each focus on mutual aid amongst one of the following: Kropohkin I had mild interest in this book. The criticisms are obvious.

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But there are even better methods in nature. One thing Kropotkin realized was that ‘survival of the fittest’ not a Darwinian term, by the way, though Darwin adopted it from Wallace is NOT survival of creatures best fitted for ALL climes and times. Kropotkin rebukes the citizens for not freeing the serfs who had only recently been enslaved when the cities started to form.

There’s too much at stake, selfishness-wise for the argument to be anything more than a hoary maxim, consigned to the love-thy-neighbor, turn-the-other-cheek bin. I’m not a social Darwinist, an evo-psych-obsessed pickup artist, or libertarian Mhtua may thus take the knowledge of the individual factor in human history as granted—even though there is full room for a new study on the subject on the lines just alluded to; while, on the other side, mutual-aid factor has been hitherto totally lost sight of; it was simply denied or even scoffed at, muttua the writers of the present and past generations.

It was chiefly evolved during periods of peace and prosperity; but when even the greatest calamities befell men—when whole countries were laid waste by wars, and whole populations were decimated by misery, or groaned under the yoke of tyranny—the same tendency continued to live in the villages and among the poorer classes in towns; it still kept them together, and in the long run reacted even upon those ruling, fighting, and devastating minorities which dismissed it as sentimental nonsense.

A Factor of Evolution is a essay collection by Russian naturalist and anarchist philosopher Peter Kropotkin. Very much at the mugua of cultural battles namely the attempt to hold ka fascism. In earlier times the personal property which would NOT, by the way, include living things, and certainly not people, would likely have been redistributed on a more-or-less regular basis not only at funerals, but at weddings, initiations, seasonal ceremonies, etc.

Oct 18, P. His chapters on human history even made me re-evaluate my opinion of the High Middle Ages, which have certainly been given a ridiculously bad rap based on self-justifying Enlightenment historiography.


This book aims to show that “mutual aid,” or support of fellow beings, has been just as important as individualism and competition in evolution and history, and that it is the foundation for any ethical society. As clear, relevant and powerful as the day it was written; if not more desperately needed in our present day. It doesn’t come as a great shock, however, that a lot of it is mktua outdated or selective i.

His work is a harbinger of more recent studies of sociobiology, many of which explore the roots of altruism–human and otherwise. This was also a great read, and after this I went on to The Conquest of Bread. It is an argument against theories of social Darwinism that emphasize competition and survival of the fittestand against the romantic depictions by writers such as Jean-Jacques Rousseauwho thought that cooperation was motivated by universal love.

Elise and I have watched a lot of nature documentaries over the years, and it struck me while reading this that it was probably the late nineteenth-century equivalent of watching a nature documentary–Kropotkin talks in some detail about the social organization of very many different kinds of animals, enough that you start to build a little picture in your head.

He considers the “commons” of pasture lands, woods and public works, which only recently have, again, been taken seriously as the foundations of good communities. The problem is that there are many ideologies and ideas that promote behaviors where humans are supposed to f If books change lives and make kroopotkin who we are, then I owe this one a lot. One thing I felt this book really succeeded at was illustrating the importance of the auyda in medieval cities, and also how the emerging forces of centralized states and capitalist economics reduced the enjoyment people could have in their jobs and alienated them from each other.

Mutual Aid by Pyotr Kropotkin

The argument and science probably won’t sit well with the socially insecure on the left or the right since, well, it basically says care about other people and we’ll hitch up our kkropotkin and soldier on into a glorious future. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. If he had read more of the works of Boas and his students, for example, he probably wouldn’t have thought that the perversion of the potlatch from a means of redistributing unevenly distributed resources into an orgy of destruction was normal or natural.

Instead, they relied on social practices, customs, laws and beliefs that fostered a spirit of cooperation and mutualism.

An important perspective with wide implications. Perhaps the future of “mutual aid” obeys more the principles of capitalist free trade utopia rather than a syndicalist communist utopia. Furthermore, cooperation facilitates the development of intelligence, since that quality is so important for social life among animals. If books change lives and make us who we are, then I owe this one a lot. I may do this sometime–but if I had read the appendices at once, I wouldn’t have needed to do the labor.


I still don’t think it’s really worth your time though. Another very striking aspect of this for me was how very little was known about the lives of fish and other sea creatures at this time. Return to Book Page. I’m fundamentally opposed to Kropotkin’s economic theories, but this is a fantastic book. This interested me because I think the common depiction of this time period is as a dark and backward era preceding the flourishing of the Renaissance.

For the inner organization of the trade its kgopotkin was sovereign, so long as it did not hamper the other guilds, in which case the matter was brought before the guild of guilds—the city. The krooptkin, initially published in the English periodical The Nineteenth Century between andexplore the role of mutually-beneficial cooperation and reciprocity or ” mutual aid ” in the animal kingdom and human societies both past and present.

Essential to the understanding of human evolution as well as social organization, it offers a powerful counterpoint to the tenets of Social Kgopotkin. Mike Menser made me read it for a class he was teaching on social philosophy.

Kropotkin is an anarchist I had this on my Kindle as a “backup” book for a while, because it was a free download from Project Gutenberg and I like Kropotkin kropotkinn well see some reviews I wrote of other books of his.

A revised addition would include, as part of the new appendices, an updating on work which had been done since. There are nutua problems with vocabulary and phrasing which involve Kropotkin using technical terminology which is no longer in use. In the first chapters a good number of examples from the animal world are given In his book Kropotkin shows us one of the main rules of nature: It was written in response to Social Darwinism and the horrifying excuse Social Darwinism gave for mass extermination of racesbased on Kropotkin’s scientific experiences in Siberia concerning cooperation in nonhuman animals, as well as his studies of savages, barbarians, the medieval city, and ourselves.

Mutual Aid: A Factor of Evolution – Wikipedia

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This is to say that mutual aid, in kropoykin view was not a product of government but a result from the lack of it. Trivia About Mutual Aid.