The System of Economic Contradictions  

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"For God is stupidity and cowardice; God is hypocrisy and falsehood; God is tyranny and misery; God is evil."

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Système des contradictions économiques ou Philosophie de la misère (1846, The System of Economic Contradictions, or The Philosophy of Poverty) is a text by Pierre-Joseph Proudhon.

It prompted a book-length critique from Karl Marx entitled The Poverty of Philosophy, commencing a rift between Marxists and anarchists that lasts to this day.

Table of Contents:

  • Introduction: The hypothesis of a God
  • Chapter I: Of the Economic Science
  • Chapter II: Opposition of value in USE and value in EXCHANGE
  • Chapter III: Economic Evolutions. — First Period. — The Division of Labor
  • Chapter IV: Second Period. — Machinery
  • Chapter V: Third Period. — Competition
  • Chapter VI: Fourth Period. — Monopoly
  • Chapter VII: Fifth Period. — Police, Or Taxation
  • Chapter VIII: Of the Responsibility of Man and Of God, Under the Law of Contradiction, Or a Solution of the Problem of Providence

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