Imagine… a secret organization which has scattered its members …

Imagine… a secret organization which has scattered its members in small groups over the whole territory of the Empire but is nevertheless firmly united: inspired by a common ideal… an organization which acts everywhere according to a common plan. These small groups, unknown by anybody as such, have no officially recognised power but they are strong in their ideal, which expresses the very essence of the people’s instincts, desires and demands…Finally they are strong in their solidarity which ties all the obscure groups into one organic whole… This is what I call the collective dictatorship of the secret organization.

Bakunin to Nechayev, 1870

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