But it will scarcely be any easier on the people if the cudgel with which they are beaten is called the people’s cudgel

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At present time a serious, strong state can have but one sound foundation – military and bureaucratic centralization. Between a monarchy and the most democratic republic there is only one essential difference: in the former, the world of officialdom oppresses and robs the people for the greater profit of the privileged and propertied classes, as well as to line its own pockets, in the name of the monarch; in the latter, it oppresses and robs the people in exactly the same way, for the benefit of the same classes and the same pockets, but in the name of the people’s will. In a republic a fictitious people, the “legal nation” supposedly represented by the state, smothers the real, live, people. But it will scarcely be any easier on the people if the cudgel with which they are beaten is called the people’s cudgel.

Statism and Anarchy, 1873
By Mikhail Aleksandrovich Bakunin (30 May 1814 – 1 July 1876)
this quote is from a version translated by Marshall Shatz

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