TOTW: An Anarchist Survey
Over the years there have been more than a handful of attempts at an anarchist survey. Way back in 1926 some anarchists from Stuebenville, Ohio called "Los Iconoclastas" conducted an international survey of anarchists. In 1928, Emma Goldman and Alexander Berkman created a similar survey that was an influence on the Encyclopédie Anarchiste of the time. Since then, surveys in the digital world have become a bit more common with some from recent memory being conducted by Anarkismo, Libcom, a survey from some South African anarchists, over Reddit, and even some Google Forms here and there. Listed below are 13 questions taken from the new anarchist survey that was recently created and mentioned in passing as an article on ANEWS.
We've taken all 13 questions from the new website and project, Encounters with Anarchism, exploring our beautiful ideal, which also has an entry form here; but is unrelated to the project of ANEWS; we're simply sharing questions because it's an intriguing idea.
There is a bit here and we tend to have less questions generally in the TOTW, while also moderating the really lengthy walls of text that just makes it difficult to participate and read a thread, so if you find yourself going down that path, perhaps share a link to your blog or a forum someplace instead (or not).
1. — How would you most succinctly define anarchism? Is there a shared “anarchist project” — and, if so, how would you characterize it?
2. — What is the relationship between anarchism and the concept of anarchy?
3. — What is the value of tradition within the anarchist milieus and what might be its uses?
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?
6. — How would you characterize the present state of anarchist activity (outside the realm of theory and propaganda)?
7. — How would you characterize the present state of anarchist theory and propaganda?
8. — What are the most urgent changes to be made in anarchist practice moving forward?
9. — What is the role of some kind of “anarchist unity” moving forward? What form could or should that unity take?
10. — What are the greatest needs with regard to new anarchist theory, propaganda, literature and art?
11. — Do you currently identify with any particular anarchist current or tendency — and, if so, how do you characterize your position?
12. — What additional questions would it be useful to pose to a broad anarchist audience?
13. — Would you be interested in participating in future surveys, perhaps addressing more specific elements of anarchist theory, practice and culture?