Max Stirner : Father of Egoism

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(1806 - 1856)

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Max Stirner? The philosophizing petit bourgeois to whom Karl Marx had given the brush-off? The anarchist, egoist, nihilist, the crude precursor of Nietzsche? Yes, he.

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"Alienness is a criterion of the 'sacred.' In everything sacred there lies something 'uncanny,' strange, such as we are not quite familiar and at home in."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 1, Chapter II, Section 2, Sub-Section 2

"...interest in spiritual things, when it is alive, is and must be fanaticism..."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 1, Chapter II, Section 2, Sub-Section 2

"Who is there that has never, more or less consciously, noticed that our whole education is calculated to produce feelings in us, impart them to us, instead of leaving their production to ourselves however they may turn out?"

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 1, Chapter II, Section 2, Sub-Section 2

"When I had exalted myself to be the owner of the world, egoism had won its first complete victory, had vanquished the world, had become worldless, and put the acquisitions of a long age under lock and key."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 1, Chapter II, Section 2, Sub-Section 3

"One must act 'disinterestedly,' not want to benefit himself, but the state. Hereby the latter has become the true person, before whom the individual personality vanishes; not I live, but it lives in me."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 1, Chapter II, Section 3, Sub-Section 1

"If the welfare of the state is the end, war is a hallowed means; if justice is the state's end, homicide is a hallowed means, and is called by its sacred name, 'execution'; the sacred state hallows everything that is serviceable to it."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 1, Chapter II, Section 3, Sub-Section 1

"...turn to yourselves rather than to your gods or idols. Bring out from yourselves what is in you, bring it to the light, bring yourselves to revelation."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 2, Chapter I.

"As long as there still exists even one institution which the individual may not dissolve, the ownness and self-appurtenance of Me is still very remote. How can I be free when I must bind myself by oath to a constitution, a charter, a law, 'vow body and soul' to my people? How can I be my own when my faculties may develop only so far as they 'do not disturb the harmony of society'?"

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 2, Chapter II, Section 2

"If men reach the point of losing respect for property, every one will have property, as all slaves become free men as soon as they no longer respect the master as master."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 2, Chapter II, Section 2

"Let my people, if they will, go without liberty of free press, I will manage to print by force or ruse; I get my permission to print only from - myself and my strength."

From : "The Ego and Its Own," by Max Stirner, 1845, publish date of 1844. Part 2, Chapter II, Section 2

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About Max Stirner

The philosophy of Max Stirner is credited as a major influence in the development of nihilism, existentialism, post-modernism, and anarchism (especially of egoist anarchism, individualist anarchism, postanarchism, and post-left anarchy). Stirner's main philosophical work was The Ego and Its Own, also known as The Ego and His Own (Der Einzige und sein Eigentum in German, which means, more accurately in German, The Individual and his Property).

Stirner's philosophy has been cited as an influence on both his contemporaries, most notably Karl Marx (who was strongly opposed to Stirner's views), as well as subsequent thinkers such as Friedrich Nietzsche, Enrico Arrigoni, Steven T. Byington, Benjamin R. Tucker, Emile Armand, Albert Camus, and Saul Newman.

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This person has authored 26 documents, with 173,444 words or 1,017,923 characters.

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 1844 A Human Life From the moment when he catches sight of the light of the world a man seeks to find out himself and get hold of himself out of its confusion, in which he, with everything else, is tossed about in motley mixture. But everything that comes in contact with the child defends itself in turn against his attacks, and asserts its own persistence. Accordingly, because each thing cares for itself and at the same time comes into constant collision with other things, the combat of self-assertion is unavoidable. Victory or defeat - between the two alternatives the fate of the combat wavers. The victor becomes the lord, the vanquished one the subject: the former exercises supremacy and "rights of supremacy," the latter fulfills in awe and deference the "duties of a subject." But both remain enemies, and always lie in wait: they watch for each other's weaknesses - children for those of their parents and parents for those of their children (th...

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- (7,133 Words / 44,480 Characters)
The False Principle of Our Education Or - Humanism And Realism By Max Stirner Because our time is struggling toward the word with which it may express its spirit, many names come to the fore and all make claim to being the right name. On all sides our present time reveals the most chaotic partizan tumult and the eagles of the moment gather around the decaying legacy of the past. There is everywhere a great abundance of political, social, ecclesiastical, scientific, artistic, moral and other corpses, and until they are all consumed, the air will not be clean and the breath of living beings will be oppressed. Without our assistance, time will not bring the right word to light; we must all work together on it. If, however, so m... (From : Anarchy Archives.)

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- (6,944 Words / 40,075 Characters)
Max Stirner Of a member of the Berlin Community against the Publication to the 57 Clergymen:"The Christian Sunday Celebration(Mass), A Word of Love to Our Congregation." Dear Brothers and Sisters! A word of love was directed at us; we are not permitted to close our ears. On the first day of this year, a pamphlet will be handed out, in the church, to the church-goers of Berlin; it carries the title: "The Christian Sunday Celebration. A word of love to our congregation," and it concerns us all deeply. Before we later take him to heart in the particular, we include the same content written together in the few words of the second page: "Given that it is undeniable, that the corruption of the church itself is most outwardly apparent by... (From : Anarchy Archives.)

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- (18,082 Words / 112,945 Characters)
Max Stirner Stirner's Critics Author: Max Stirner Title: Stirner's Critics Translator's Preface Stirner's critics by Max Stirner Szeliga Feuerbach Hess Footnotes Translator's Preface Working on this translation has been a pleasurable challenge for me. Stirner uses straightforward, even fairly simple language, filled with passion and sarcasm, to express ideas that are difficult, though more in the fact that very few people would want to accept their implications than in their complexity. In wrestling with this work, I have had to make decisions about how best to get Stirner's thinking across in English. The purpose of this preface is to explain some of those decisions. One of the centra... (From : Anarchy Archives.)

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 1919 ~ (781 Words / 4,342 Characters)
The Worker and the Government Governments do not let me come to my value, and continue to exist only through my valuelessness: they are forever intent of getting benefits from me, that is exploiting me, turning me to account, using me up, even the use they get from me consists only in my supplying a proletariat; they want me to be “their creature”. Pauperism can only be removed when I as ego realize value from myself, when I give my own self value. I must rise in revolt to rise in the world. What I produce, flour, linen, or iron and coal, which I toilsomely win from the earth, etc, is my work that I want to realize value from. But then I may long complain that I am not paid for my work according to its value: the... (From : Kate Sharpley Library, http://www.katesharpleylibr....)

Anarchism : Anarchist and Anti-Authoritarianism -- 1841 ~ (3,655 Words / 21,383 Characters)
The following text is Stirner's first publication, which previous collections of Stirner's writings do not contain. Review of: Theodor Rohmer: German occupation in the present. Zurich and Winterthur: Publishing house of the literary Comptoirs 1841 in: The railroad. A support leaf for the formed world (Leipzig), 4th Jg., no. 77/78 (28./30.12.1841), S.307-308, 310-312 Max Stirner: "You only have the courage to be destructive" How happy I was as a child to lie on green fields and look up into blue skies. The sweet smells of Spring would waft through the air as dreamed of my bright future. I dreamed of becoming a great man. I would throw fistfuls of gold out of my carriage and masses of poor and stunned people would worship m... (From : Anarchy Archives.)

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October 25, 1806 :
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June 26, 1856 :
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November 15, 2016 ; 4:50:13 PM (America/Los_Angeles) :
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March 13, 2018 ; 5:38:03 PM (America/Los_Angeles) :
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