Anarchists love George Orwell. It doesn’t take long to figure out why. The famous novelist and journalist volunteered to fight in the Spanish Civil War. His recollection of his experiences are documented in his book Homage to Catalonia. Not only is this one of the few first person accounts from a soldier on the front line, but it’s also very sympathetic to anarchists. Despite the fact that he fought for a Trotskyist militia in the war, he always had kind things to say about the CNT/FAI militants. He even went so far as to say that he would have rather enlisted with the anarchist militias.
Aside from this, Orwell wrote a book to jab directly at the Stalinist USSR called Animal Farm. Any anti-Soviet material is a good thing in the eyes of an anarchist, seeing how poor of a track record the USSR had with anarchists.
If his Spanish Civil War Auto-biography and anti-Soviet novel weren’t enough, he also authored 1984. Anarchists cheer on this famous novel, and cite the dystopian future it foretells as reasons we shouldn’t have a state.
This democratic socialist turned anarchist hero doesn’t stop with his literature, however. In 1945 when Freedom Press (an anarchist publishing house) was raided in the UK, he sat on a defence committee to save the editors from persecution.
The anarchist fondness for Orwell can also be found in a square in Barcelona that’s named in his honour. Barcelona of course, being the unofficial anarchist capital of the world.