He claimed that the society had existed for quite some time in every corner of Russia. He spoke passionately to student dissidents about the need to organise. Marxist writer Vera Zasulich whose sister Alexandra sheltered him in Moscow recalls that when she first met Nechayev, he immediately tried to recruit her: Nechayev began to tell me his plans for carrying out a revolution in Russia in the near future. I could see that he was very serious, that this was no idle chatter about revolution. I had dared only to dream of it, and yet now he was saying that he wanted to recruit me.

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He has no private interests, no affairs, sentiments, ties, property nor even a name of his own. His entire being is devoured by one purpose, one thought, one passion - the revolution. Immoral and criminal is everything that stands in its way. A lot of paranoids who will only talk politics on darknets. It all seemed extremely serious to me when I was Really none of them need to be on darknets, they are not doing anything at all.

He has no personal interests, no business affairs, no emotions, no attachments, no property, and no name. Everything in him is wholly absorbed in the single thought and the single passion for revolution. Between him and them there exists, declared or concealed, a relentless and irreconcilable war to the death. He must accustom himself to torture. All the gentle and enervating sentiments of kinship, love, friendship, gratitude, and even honor, must be suppressed in him and give place to the cold and single-minded passion for revolution.

For him, there exists only one pleasure, on consolation, one reward, one satisfaction — the success of the revolution. Night and day he must have but one thought, one aim — merciless destruction.

Anyway, little Sergey Nechayev, my boy, I love him. This text has so profoundly affected my consciousness, probably always for the worst, because of that early encounter. But now I am an adult I know, you know, he was mostly talking out of his ass.

Everyone else lived together, looked after each other, loved each other, shared resources, broke each other out of prison, protected each other, etc And, while little Nechayev ended up in prison for murdering another nihilist, the perfectly un-tyrannical and sentimental remainder of the Nardonaya Volya murdered the Tsar! They offered to break him out of prison, and he refused. But this was almost an every day occurance for them, they had so deeply infiltrated the prison system, they were always breaking people out.

He wanted to suffer, and die a revolutionary, I think, this was what he lived for. He was that sort of militant, you know Being a revolutionary was more important than the revolution, which is not carried out by "revolutionaries. Especially considering its misogynist convulsions and so on. Well, other than my personal fondness towards it, and towards little Nechayev, there are a few reasons.

First, in its historical period it provided a sort of focus point for the nihilists who would go on to completely ignore it. The most important quote occuring in any text occurs in this text, that is: "Our task is terrible, total, universal, and merciless destruction. Has it ever been expressed so clearly?

All nihilist theory begins and ends with this sentence. And this is the essential thesis of the pamphlet - the conclusion is perfect, its the argument thats silly. That, in being forced into revolt, we lose everything? As the revolutionary loses her property, her name, her attachments, all property, names, and attachments are lost, the whole system of values crumbles, and finally Thank you, Sergey Nechayev.


The catechism of the revolutionist

The revolutionist is a person doomed [obrechennyi, in older usage signifying also "consecrated"]. He has no personal interests, no business affairs, no emotions, no attachments, no property, and no name. Everything in him is wholly absorbed in the single thought and the single passion for revolution. The revolutionist knows that in the very depths of his being, not only in words but also in deeds, he has broken all the bonds which tie him to the civil order [grazhdanskim poriadkom] and the civilized world with all its laws, moralities, and customs, and with all its generally accepted conventions. He is their implacable enemy, and if he continues to live with them it is only in order to destroy them more speedily. The revolutionist despises all doctrines and refuses to accept the mundane sciences, leaving them for future generations. He knows only one science: the science of destruction.


The Revolutionary Catechism

Source: Russian Anarchism. Nechayev was born September 20, He died at age 35 in prison, on December 3, — from dropsy complicated by scurvy. He was convicted for the murder of a fellow student, but his real crimes were political. He frightened the state because he claimed to head a secret society four million strong. In truth, it was a small group, maybe a few hundred, mainly of St. Petersburg students.


Revolutionary Catechism

Written: while in prison in Russia, and by command of the Czar, in ; Source: Bakunin on Anarchy, translated and edited by Sam Dolgoff, In Bakunin founded the secret International Revolutionary Association better known as the International Fraternity which published its program and statutes in in three related documents: The International Family, the Revolutionary Catechism, and the National Catechism, in which Bakunin outlined the basic tenets of his doctrine. They are, as H. They were reproduced in the original French in Dr. Nettlau made fifty copies of them which he deposited in the principal libraries of the world.


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