Revolutionary Justice: The Social and Political Theory of P.-J. Proudhon, by Robert L. Hoffman. Urbana: University of Illinois Press. 429 pp.
Pierre-Joseph Proudhon’s intellectual bones have been claimed by such varied inheritors—anarchists and fascists, syndicalists and individualists, progressives and reactionaries—that it is nearly impossible to assess his influence. It is no less difficult to clarify and sort out what he really meant. Alternately illuminating and obfuscating, Proudhon’s complex thought has at last been analyzed with precision, sympathy, and deep seriousness in Robert Hoffman’s Revolutionary Justice, a book not likely to be topped as a history of Proudhon’s ideas. Proud...
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