Bakuninism (19TH CENTURY)

Theory of revolution attributed to and derived from Russian revolutionary exponent of anarchismMichael Bakunin (1814-1876).

Human nature is essentially sociable and co-operative. Religion, government and capitalism all distort human nature, and in order to allow it to develop freely and properly, the institutions that distort it must be removed by revolutionary action. Hence ‘the urge to destroy is also a creative urge’.

A Kelly, Michael Bakunin (Oxford, 1982)


Alternative forms

  • Bakunism


From his name +‎ -ism, and borrowed directly or indirectly particularly from Russian бакуни́зм (bakunízm) in its shorter alternative form (the suffix -ин (-in) in his name has a tendency to be dropped).


Bakuninism (uncountable)

  1. Support for Mikhail Bakunin respectively his propositions.

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