Survey: Response by Lori

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

Channeling AJODA, I would say anarchism is the liberation of desire.

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

Anarchy is freedom from the rat race of dominance and submission. Anarchism is the belief that this freedom is both possible and desirable.

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

Tradition is to be rebelled against. There is much in the human experience that is worth preserving, but this should be a conscious process, not an act of obedience.

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


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

The means of social control are being hardened, with serious tamper-proofing in mind. It will be very, very difficult to get out from under them.

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

Progress toward anarchy will probably be made mostly by those who are not self-identified anarchists, as we are too easy a target. The real strides toward anarchy will be made by people who have careers, who have access to various dark corners of the machine, but who very quietly sabotage things out of conscience. Those of us who are out of the closet with our attitudes probably have less opportunity to contribute, but may still help out, perhaps by testing certain limits and planting seeds of doubt about authority.

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

The state of anti-market anarchist theory and propaganda is abysmal, unfortunately. The market anarchists are at least making an effort.

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

I’d say it’s an all-hands-on-deck proposition. A wide variety of tactics in use may be a more effective agent of chaos.

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

While I’ve generally considered market anarchists and especially anarcho-capitalists to be more part of the problem than part of the solution, I’m now willing to consider ancaps allies to the extent that they oppose nationalism, which is far more poisonous than capitalism.

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

There is a need for a more intelligent presentation. Anti-authoritarianism is probably the rule rather than the exception in popular culture. David Brin (definitely a non-anarchist) refers to this as the idiot plot. It needs to be more refined and less idiotic.

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

I identify with anarcho-communism. I call my particular flavor “anagorism.”

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

[A Wayback Machine link was provided to another survey.]

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