I can’t be more than two pages into Kropotkin and had to put it down. He is right. The total, and ultimately victorious, war nature wages against us makes our inability to get along insane. We are the stupidest species this planet has produced.
I was persuaded that to admit a pitiless inner war for life within each species, and to see in that war a condition of progress, was to admit something which not only had not yet been proved, but also lacked confirmation from direct observation.
In the history of mankind, individual self-assertion has often been, and continually is, something quite different from, and far larger and deeper than, the petty, unintelligent narrow-mindedness, which, with a large class of writers, goes for ‘individualism’ and ‘self-assertion.’