From humble origins, Proudhon began his career as a printer. He subsequently moved into journalism, working for papers such as La Peuple and La Voix du Peuple and gained a following in the working classes with his anarchistic/socialistic views and his criticism of the government. Although a proud anarchist, Proudhon was against violence and was shocked by the June Revolution in 1848. A member of the French National Assembly, his criticism of the president Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte led to his imprisonment in 1849. He spent three years in prison during which he wrote four books. These included Confession d'un revolutionnaire (1849), Idee generale de la revolution au XIXe siecle (1851), La Revolution sociale demontree par le coup d'etat du 2 decmbre 1851 (1852) and Philosophie du progress (1853). He was forced to flee to Belgium in 1858, where he remained in exile until 1863. Proudhon became the father of anarchy and influenced many socialist writers of his day. His other works included What is Property? (1840), System of Economical Contradictions, or The Philosophy of Misery (1847) and Principles of Federation (1863).
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System of Economical Contradictions; or The Philosophy of Misery
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