Survey: Response by Cory

1. — How would you most succinctly define anarchism? Is there a shared “anarchist project” — and, if so, how would you characterize it?

The abolition of all unjustified hierarchies to be replaced with horizontal mutual aid

2. — What is the relationship between anarchism and the concept of anarchy?

Anarchism to me is a definitive ideology and programme whereas Anarchy as a concept is more of the ultimate goal of said programme

3. — What is the value of tradition within the anarchist milieus and what might be its uses?

I believe it is important to be aware of our own traditions because much of it can still be relevant but even more importantly, to recognize where our actions and theories have failed us

4. — What, specifically, is the role to be played in the present by the anarchist literature — whether theoretical or artistic — of the past?

It’s largely irrelevant to the present outside of explaining the basic groundwork of anarchist theory, after all, much of the world being written about is gone but despite this, the general premise remains relevant and important

5. — What are the most significant challenges facing anarchists — and anarchism, as you understand it — in the present?

The general state of political discourse. Neo-Liberal centrism has brainwashed the best majority of people I know of into immediately refusing any notion characterized as “extremism”, regardless of it’s merits.

6. — How would you characterize the present state of anarchist activity (outside the realm of theory and propaganda)?

I see many individual acts flourishing, squatting, sabotage, and protestation however, I worry that there does not seem to be any mass movement.

7. — How would you characterize the present state of anarchist theory and propaganda?

Most of the Anarchists I know seem to be reveling in our glory days of Catalonia, The Free Territory, etc. rather than Actually moving forward and understanding how we could organize such a revolution in this day and age

8. — What are the most urgent changes to be made in anarchist practice moving forward?

Making Anarchism accessible to the layman. From working class whites, blacks, latinxs, and people of all races to individuals of all marginalized identities whether they be sexual, gender identity, ability, or so on

9. — What is the role of some kind of “anarchist unity” moving forward? What form could or should that unity take?

I advocate a sort of Platformism, unity in struggle and the like. Deviations from the central concept obviously will occur but I believe we must overall share an idea of what we’re actually working towards before we can make any real change.

10. — What are the greatest needs with regard to new anarchist theory, propaganda, literature and art?

I believe the best way to introduce much of our ideas to the public would be through literature, perhaps narratives which portray power structures as they are and the noble fight against them.

11. — Do you currently identify with any particular anarchist current or tendency — and, if so, how do you characterize your position?

I tend to view myself as an Anarcho-communist, however, I believe that Syndicalists and Egoists often times make very good points which I try to acknowledge

12. — What additional questions would it be useful to pose to a broad anarchist audience?

I am unsure, actually.

13. — Would you be interested in participating in future surveys, perhaps addressing more specific elements of anarchist theory, practice and culture?