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In his obituary, Paul Avrich, who died this week in New York, is described as a "historian of anarchism."
Among his favorite anarchists were George Bernard Shaw, James Joyce and Eugene O'Neill. A book he hoped to write about O'Neill was never completed.
He left behind the 20,000 documents he collected on the subject of anarchism and later donated to the library of congress, several books, and this quote:
"Every good person deep down is an anarchist."
I've been mulling it over ever since I read it. (Being sick, lying on the couch all day is an otherwise dispiriting experience, but it does allow ample opportunity for mulling.) There's something about the simplicity of the quote that really strikes me--though I'm not quite sure I understand what he meant.
So what do you think? Agree? Disagree? Care to expound?