Title: What is the Difference Between Anarchists and Other Men?
Date: February 8, 1890
Source: Retrieved on 24th September 2020 from https://www.marxists.org/subject/anarchism/bandit/difference-anarchist.htm
Notes: Originally published in Le Bandit du Nord, Roubaix, February 8, 1890. Translated by Mitchell Abidor.

What difference is there between anarchists and other men?

There is none!

In fact, take out a register and carry out an interesting survey: consult everyone around you about the reforms that should be carried out and you’ll find that they are all partisans of the suppression of either one or several laws.

When you’ve gathered together all these opinions, add up the sum of the suppressions of laws requested by each person and there will be nothing left to be done but to burn the penal code.

This is what the anarchists demand. They are the summation of the aspirations of all, the conclusion to the volume of reforms, and in carrying out this survey you will have written an anarchist book.