Peter Gelderloos

American anarchist

Peter Gelderloos (born 1982) is an anarchist and author from Virginia (United States).


  • When we understand that privileged people derive material benefits from the exploitation of oppressed people, and that this means we benefit from the violence used to keep them down, we cannot sincerely condemn them for violently rebelling against the structural violence that privileges us.
  • Capitalists and their predecessors—slaveowners, moneylenders, merchant-investors—owe their very existence to the State. In early times, concentration of political and spiritual power precedes economic stratification in society.
    • Worshiping Power: An Anarchist View of Early State Formation (2017), p. 7

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