Anarchism, for all its international pretensions, for all its faith in the unity of mankind, has alwa…

Anarchism, for all its international pretensions, for all its faith in the unity of mankind, has always been divided into national and ethnic groups. There have been French anarchists and Spanish anarchists, Russian anarchists and Polish anarchists, Japanese anarchists and Chinese anarchists, united by language and tradition in addition to their political beliefs. Nor should this be surprising. For anarchists, cherishing diversity against standardization and uniformity, have always prized the differences among peoples – cultural, linguistic, historical – quite as much as their common bonds. Anarchism, as Israel Ostroff puts it, does not wipe out nationality.

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