I see anarchism as the movement and theory aiming for a society without the state, capitalism, and any other forms of oppression (racism, sexism, LGBT oppression, climate and ecological destruction, etc.). That is putting it negatively. Positively it is the theoretical and active struggle for a society which is cooperative, radically democratic, egalitarian, and encourages the full development of each individual.
Anarchy expresses the ideal, the goal. Anarchism is the theory and practice of how to achieve that goal.
It is very important to recognize and study the anarchist tradition, not to slavishly follow it, but to learn from the past, its failures and successes. In particular, the connection between the anarchist goal and the strategy of revolution by the working class and all oppressed groupings has been severed. Standing on the shoulders of giants, we can see further than the giants did. But it is first necessary to climb onto their shoulders.
See above. We need to build on what went before, rather than to start over, reinventing the wheel, so to speak.
Developing theoretical understanding of how capitalism and the state and other oppressive systems are working, in this age of Trump. Building organizations based on classical anarchist values and goals, while updating theories and perspectives.
Rather limited. Good things are done but often not well, as in some of the anti-fa, black bloc actions. Not enough effort to reach out to working class and “minority” populations.
Limited. Need further work on the nature of the state, political economy, intersection of class with race, gender, sexual orientation, national oppression, and ecological crisis. In my opinion this requires learning from certain aspects of Marxism, especially its political economy.
Need for self-organization, bringing together anarchists into groupings with common views to coordinate their activity where possible.
I am for unity among revolutionary class-struggle anarchists of varying backgrounds. I am willing to work with non-revolutionary anarchists who have common goals of anarchy, but do not see this as a major aim.
Need to examine whole range of theorizing on the Left, to reject statist and reformist conceptions in favor of revolutionary, libertarian-democratic, socialist concepts.
I regard myself as in the tradition of revolutionary class-struggle anarchist-socialism (communism), of Bakunin, Kropotkin, Goldman, and Makhno, to the anarchist-syndicalists and anarchist-communists. I think there are things worth learning from the humanist, libertarian, and proletarian aspects of the Marxist tradition (a very minority tradition within Marxism, to be sure). I believe in the self-organization of revolutionary anarchists, in the tradition from Bakunin to Makhno to the FAI to the especifists.
How can we dialogue with each other to develop our common goals of anarchy in opposition to the dominant liberal views of the U.S. left?