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In the words of Shawn Wilbur:

I’ve found myself perhaps a bit obsessed with the work of Sylvain Maréchal—despite finding it fundamentally reactionary in certain ways. He has earned a place in many of the histories of anarchism [which ones?] as a kind of precursor and he did, in fact, reject most [but not all] forms of government. As a result, there are numerous passages in his work that are bound to delight anarchists, but virtually all of his works eventually draw the line that he will not cross. The family was, for him, the natural unit of society and government , and the need was less to reject hierarchy and authority, as the anarchist might (?) suggest, but to limit it to its proper and natural scale.