Harman Patil

The People's Stick

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The People's Stick is a political metaphor by 19th-century Russian anarchist Mikhail Bakunin, and used in his 1873 work Statism and Anarchy.

The full quote states: When the people are being beaten with a stick, they are not much happier if it is called "the People's Stick".

The phrase is widely cited by Noam Chomsky; other scholars have also noted the phrase as emblematic of the inherent oppressiveness of a state power, even in a nominally socialist government.

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