Survey: Response from Liminal D

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

I would define anarchism as the political manifestation of a shared anarchy characterised by socialists.

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

Anarchism appears to be the hopeful conceit used by an anarchist to ameliorate the brutality and loneliness of alienation from the social.

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

In and of itself, the fact that a tradition must maintain its value to continue as a tradition doesn’t seem especially useful to any anarchist, milieu or otherwise.

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 culture of paranoia among anarchists seems to me to be the most debilitating challenge. For anarchism, appeals for approval look very much like conceptual dead weight when considering the supposed hitherto affinities it assumes.

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

I feel I can only really characterise my own anarchist activity. If there is an overall character to all anarchist activity, then I am not compelled by it beyond the assurances of propaganda.

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

I have come to find much anarchist theory disappointingly repetitive, dry and academic. Propaganda can provide a fire, however much of the readily available current anarchist propaganda seems characterised by a fetishisation of socialist belief and strategy.

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

I am drawn back to my answer to the significant challenges question. I consider paranoia to breed unnecessary fear and ‘approval seeking’ as the cultivation of doubt. A charming negative delusion of safety and self-rationing of confidence look like absurdly cruel jokes.

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

The unity role I advocate for is to not actively sabotage another anarchist in their actions. Beyond death, none know what the future holds, however I feel convinced it will be the nurturing of diversity and action that will see the rot negated and destroyed.

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

Anarchist theory, propaganda, literature and art all share the same need of being seen.

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

I have never met another anarchist like me, and so it is enough to identify as anarchist. As far as my biased search for material is concerned, I tend towards the individualistic, nihilistic, iconoclastic, beautiful and carnal.

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

I only have questions for individuals.

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

Questions can interest me. Participation is hit-and-miss.