Survey: Response by Stu

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

No State. The project is to organize ourselves so that a centralized controlling authority is not necessary

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

Anarchy is the practice of being absent of the State. Anarchism is the critique of the State.

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

Tradition is the story of people’s self organization that empowers our present practice.

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

See above

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

The rise of fascism, the State fomenting fear and anger brought on by the collapse of its hegemony.

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

Probably more far reaching than we are aware of

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

Too hung up on labels.

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

Learn from the people and follow them.

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

Embrace differences, work towards goals and not be swayed by ideologies.

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

Finding out how to meet people’s needs without relying on the State.

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

Whatever works.

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

What can be done to help people in heir daily struggles?

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