Power quotes

All parties without exception, when they seek for power, are varieties of absolutism. To be governed is to be watched, inspected, spied upon, directed, law-driven, numbered, regulated, enrolled, indoctrinated, preached at, controlled, checked, estimated, valued, censured, commanded, by creatures who have neither the right nor the wisdom nor the virtue to do so.
To be governed is to be at every operation, at every transaction noted, registered, counted, taxed, stamped, measured, numbered, assessed, licensed, authorized, admonished, prevented, forbidden, reformed, corrected, punished.
It is, under pretext of public utility, and in the name of the general interest, to be place under contribution, drilled, fleeced, exploited, monopolized, extorted from, squeezed, hoaxed, robbed; then, at the slightest resistance, the first word of complaint, to be repressed, fined, vilified, harassed, hunted down, abused, clubbed, disarmed, bound, choked, imprisoned, judged, condemned, shot, deported, sacrificed, sold, betrayed; and to crown all, mocked, ridiculed, derided, outraged, dishonored.
That is government; that is its justice; that is its morality.
- Why, how can you ask such a question? You are a republican.
- A republican! Yes; but that word specifies nothing. Res publica; that is, "the public thing". Now, whoever is interested in public affairs - no matter under what form of government - may call himself a republican. Even kings are republicans.
- Well! You are a democrat?
- No.
- What! You would have a monarchy?
- No.
- A Constitutionalist?
- God forbid.
- Then you are an aristocrat?
- Not at all!
- You want a mixed form of government?
- Even less.
- Then what are you?
- I am an anarchist.
When politics and home life have become one and the same, when economic problems have been solved in such a way that individual and collective interests are identical – all constraints having disappeared – it is evident that we will be in a state of total liverty or anarchy. Killing men is the lousiest way of combating principles. Either Property will overrule the Republic, or the Republic will overrule Property. Laws! We know what they are, and what they are worth! Spider webs for the rich and powerful, steel chains for the weak and poor, fishing nets in the hands of the Government. Whoever lays his hand on me to govern me is a usurper and a tyrant: I declare him my enemy. The conclusion is that government can never be revolutionary quite simply because it is government.
Society alone, the masses armed with their intelligence, can create revolution; society alone is able to deploy all its spontaneity, to analyse and explain the mystery of its destiny and its origin, to change its faith and its philosophy, because it alone is capable of fighting against its originator and to bear its fruit.
Governments are God's scourge, established to discipline the world: do you really expect them to destroy themselves, to create freedom, to make revolution?