Throughout both classical anarchist literature, modern anarchist literature, the anarchist internet, and in person at gatherings and actions, I have heard time and time again demands for 'complete freedom', 'total equality', an end to exploitation, no hierarchy, no coercion and so on. I have been an anarchist all my adult life, and some time before that, and still find these kinds of demands simply too naive. Is it simply that we like the punchy sound of these kinds of statements? I guess 'we want a much more free and equal society with very little coercion' just doesn't look as good on a banner.
I'm not trying to mock, and I'm not a naive liberal twit. Freedom to elect rich white men is clearly not good enough, capitalism clearly perpetuates highly unequal and oppressive social relations etc.., and I'm still a supporter of what I think of as anarchism. But I guess I want it tempered with 'common sense' (horrible term): do we really need to make puritanical demands for 'absolute freedom' and whatnot that are quite clearly ridiculous?
It feels like at times honesty is lacking in anarchist circles. Perhaps it is my imagination that is lacking, but I guess many conceptions of anarchism just sound too good to be true.