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ploopt wrote

Ursula K. Le Guin said that she didn't deserve to call herself an anarchist. She may have meant that there were people who deserve to call themselves anarchists, but I also think this points towards the paradox inherent in the beautiful idea. Of course there are no anarchists - we all live in the "real" world. The world of compromise and defeat.

We might be, in some ways, lucky that the revolution in Spain was defeated by the fascists rather than succumbing to bureaucracy and internal power jockeying. There is no capital-A Anarchism as historical embarrassment to apologize for. We remain a constellation of tendencies that sometimes align and sometimes don't, plucky underdogs that can continually experiment and reinvent ourselves.