Nicolas Walter

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Nicolas Hardy Walter (22 November 1934 – 7 March 2000) was a British anarchist and atheist writer, speaker and activist.


  • Like liberals, anarchists want freedom; like socialists, anarchists want equality. But we are not satisfied by liberalism alone of by socialism alone. Freedom without equality means that the poor and the weak are less free than the rich and strong, and equality without freedom means that we are all slaves together. Freedom and equality are not contradictory, but complementary.
    • About Anarchism (1969), p. 163
  • Freedom is not genuine if some people are too poor or too weak to enjoy it, and equality is not genuine if some people are ruled by others. The crucial contribution to political theory made by anarchists is this realization that freedom and equality are in the end the same thing.
    • About Anarchism (1969), p. 163

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