God and the State

Read by Carl Manchester

(4.7 stars; 79 reviews)

Bakunin's most famous work, published in various lengths, this version is the most complete form of the work published hitherto.

Originally titled "Dieu et l'état", Bakunin intended it to be part of the second portion to a larger work named "The Knouto-Germanic Empire and the Social Revolution" (Knouto-Germanic Empire is in reference to a treaty betwixt Russia and Germany at the time), but the work was never completed. (from book introduction) (3 hr 13 min)


Chapter 00 2:52 Read by Carl Manchester
Chapter 01 33:38 Read by Carl Manchester
Chapter 02 49:24 Read by Carl Manchester
Chapter 03 33:24 Read by Carl Manchester
Chapter 04 49:23 Read by Carl Manchester
Chapter 05 24:49 Read by Carl Manchester


Very radical and very well read!

(5 stars)

An anarchist and radical text for generations, this book makes one of the clearest statements of the anarchist philosophy of history: religion by its nature is an impoverishment, enslavement, and annihilation of humanity. Many thanks to CarlManchester for his sedate and meticulous reading of Bakunin’s radical ideas with which not everybody will agree. Very well worth listening to.


(4 stars)

These ideas represent the rejection of tradition common at the time and are worth a listen. The recording is alright, but it's very quiet.

A Stone Classic!

(5 stars)

In a truly free democracy this book would be read by eighth graders! Aye, the true history of America (and the world), is the struggle between the few, self-righteous, ruthless haves and the have nots seeking a sane world in which their needs and wants can be realized, i.e., A People's History to be read by 4th graders! We need a cultural renaissance! A news media which speaks truth to power. An entertainment media which eschews senseless violence and psy-ops in favor of educational material which uplifts the community and encourages the pursuit of knowledge! I love this book, the wonderful reader, and the marvelous Librivox! I must toss you ducats! I'll also volunteer because I love to read and share! Cheers!

No gods no masters

(5 stars)

I find it ironic that the atheists of today apologize and hold up a hobbesian type of secularism as an alternative to the deism and Christianity of the past. I feel as though bakunin would be the first to put them in their place.

Thanks for reading

(5 stars)

Very well read. A point of view I've almost never heard in our schools. And our readings of Marx were very short on anarchism and critiques of these other philosophers.

My first introduction to anarchism

(5 stars)

Though there are a few instances that feel a little dense, very well crafted argument and a pleasure to read.

(5 stars)

Outstanding. And Carl Manchester as a narrator is a gift to those of us who enjoy political philosophy making difficult passages comprehensible.


(4.5 stars)

Important and influential thinker. A favorite of Tolstoy. Still relevant in points today. Good reading. Thanks!