If I had to guess…

…what was the single most important reason for “statism” becoming as prominent an anarchist keyword as it became in the early 20th century, I would have to go with Marxism. The term emerged as part of Bakunin’s account of the struggles within the First International, and seems to have finally gained prominence in in anarchist circles the aftermath of the Bolshevik revolution. In the informal searching I’ve done in various digital archives the sudden increases in the use of the term line up very closely with the events.
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Independent scholar, translator and archivist.