Infoshop Survey 2002 Results - What are the biggest problems facing your anarchist community?

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At the end of December 2002 and throughout the month of January 2003, ran a comprehensive online poll of our visitors and what we hoped would be a cross section of the anarchist movement in the United States. Few polls have been done with anarchists as the subjects, so there is little empirical data on who anarchists are, how they live their lives, and what they think about stuff.

Below you will find the FINAL RESULTS from the this section of the survey.

The data below was taken from 922 surveys.

What are the biggest problems facing your anarchist community?

Washington, DC: "Lack of cohesion and tolerance of each other. Lack anarchist infrastucture."

Oklahoma: "I live in a city with almost no anarchist activity. In the past I have organized and participated in a Food Not Bombs group, and done various small acts of propaganda. The largest problem is how disconnected the radical community is in Oklahoma. It is very cliquish, in the sense that any "anarchist" actions are done by small groups of (usually) punk kids. The "leftist" community is fairly active. The Peace House (a local organization), the Green Party, Amnesty International, and some Native American activism, are all examples of the leftist community. Mostly, it is a lot of old people, and most youth are apolitical. The challenge is building an open, strong, long lasting movement that can actually change things in Oklahoma. Also, everyone with an anarchist bent seems to leave. (go figure?). "

Ottawa, Ontario: "This is a very conservative area."

South Dakota: "We have problems that are very different from you city slickers. Thank God we don't have to deal with things like police repression or much contact with the state at all. What we do have to deal with is the fact that everyone in our rural community knows us, and they watch us, sometimes out of curiosity, sometimes just waiting to see us fuck up so they can dismiss anarchism completely. Most of the problems we face are also blessings: the small population; lack of malls/stores/bookstores; etc. The only real pain in the ass is the small-mindedness that is perpetually present. Believe me, its worse here than in the [sub]urban areas."

"We are also physically extremely isolated from any other radical groups. The closest group of anarchists is no less than six hours away. So we love it when folks stop by and party with us!"

Rochester, NY:

1) Old white peacenik Christian hippies who don't want action, just fund-raising

2) Finding common ground working with the limited activists around

3) The misogyny.. LOADS OF IT.

4) Apathy.. but mostly religious involvement. One of the people we work with is a self-titled liberal Jew, yet says he is zionist and would protect Israel at all costs, while he attends a private university and hasn't left the country or ever seen a weapon (not that i endorse murder.. just saying)

Finland: "the current absence of active anarchist organization, which luckily shouldn't be a problem soon."

Boston: "Have no solid base in working class communities"

Arizona: "Unacknowledged Sexism amongst many of the other men in my community, a lack of organizations built or comprised of people of color, and a lack of more community relevant issues that groups participate in. A lack of our own cultural institutions."

Boston: "Irresponsibility, "anti-organizationalists" and our seeming inability to effectively intervene in the class struggle."

Philadelphia: "A lack of organization in working class communities. That's what we're getting more mobilized on though."

Wisconsin: "lack of connection, lack of networking, and seclusion in a rural area."

Arizona: "Laziness."


"Getting over white guilt, and working on local issues. "

"Getting over post-convergence burnout. "

"The need to see themselves as a part of a larger community in both the city they live in and in the international class struggle."

"Accepting that being in an "anarchist community" is ok."

Young American anarchist:

"Being pussies. all they ever do is talk about how the US sucks. Note the one mindedness of bashing US anarchists. But really it's all the 1st world anarchists who seem to be conservative anarchists if such a think exists. i myself am planning an armed revolt that i think would work if lets say Infoshop were to report on it favorably,which i'm sure they would. this would allow others to start up autonomous revolts. "

"Mainly i think anarchists are to busy with little shit when they should go for what they really want, a revolution not just some kids busting up startbucks at a protest."

Kansas City: "Spreading our ideas effectively"

Montana: "Silly problem mostly dealing with peoples relationships, nothing that cannot be solved with a quick meeting."

Southern Ohio: "Many people think I am crazy. I am the only anarchist in my community. Small area, no major cities for rallys, protests or anything."

Chicago suburbs: "Disorganization, sexism, and lack of functioning collectives"

Ontario: "Reactionary Ideas flowing in. People are forgetting about love and peace."

Maryland: "I live in two places technically. "Home" is in PA, and my "dorm" is in Maryland. I'm not sure where I belong"

Maine: "Ignorance."

Ottawa, Ontario: "Outreach"

New Jersey: "internal divisions, lack of direction, lack of experience in any sort of political struggle(anarchist community is about 3 years old here), disorganized, lack of solid communication, largely youth counter-culture based, largely students, detached from larger community"

Massachusetts: "im trying to find out more about my anarchist community."

Mexico City: "political confusion"

Aotearoa/New Zealand: "Finding fellow anarchists!"

Omaha, Nebraska: "The anarchist scene is confined to a punk rock ghetto, and very young in years and short on experience."

Peterborough, Ontario: "No MAJOR problems, except that the Peterborough anarchist community from my perspective has little sense of a collective identity. We're all dispersed in different projects, primarily community organizing and so we seldom have any explicitly "anarchist meetings" since most of us are busy doing practical stuff. Some more local unity would be a good idea."

Athens, Ohio: "Conflict within groups. No tangible gains. Too little action."

Indianapolis: "small size; its traditional basis in the hc/punk scene and status solely as a social option; often lacks of political thinking outside of "I'm an activist, so I'm active; " unconnectedness to local struggles in the community and unwillingness to address issues that divide us from the wider community."

Boston: "too youth based"

Los Angeles: "No real networks."

USA: "ass backwards irrelevant politics and practice based in eurocentric white "anarchist" philosophy as well as a kneejerk strategy?less tactics uber alles attitude that militancy and radicalism are the same thing"

San Francisco: "Isolationism, lack of outreach, and sectarianism.... also an arrogant refusal amongst some to work with revolutionary anti-capitalists of other stripes."

Edmonton, Alberta: "Right now I'm just building contacts via net. I meet a lot of Wiccans, and a lot of women who've faced injustice. But my family and community are a sleeping town. As ecological as we are, we're filled with bible thumpers and conservatives. Anarchy sprouts in places that face the most injustice, but it'd be smarter if it came BEFORE any such thing happened. As long as it's not in front of our faces, we put up with it like a rat eating its poison. I'd understand if people were stupid. But they WANT to be stupid!! They're SCARED of the truth so they TRY to stay ignorant!! They don't even know they could just change it this very day. Fuck I hate people."

Terre haute, IN: you ever been to terre haute, IN?? there is no anarchist community there are people who hang out drink coffee and smoke.

Zaragoza, Spain: The normal problems of anarchism:

- we must work in more projects and lack of compromise.

- some groups and individuals have ways of thinking hipercriticals, dogmatic, and very away of planet earth

- ghetto tendencies

Phoenix: sub-culture-ism, lack of praxis and vision

Edmonton: Few people, often projects have no long term plan.

Levis, Quebec: We, as an anarchist community, don't have many occasions to prove our opposition with direct actions in our city.

Bronx, New York: I do not especially identify with the anarchist community.

Halifax, Nova Scotia: apathy, frustration, burnout, lack of recognition of the steps necessary to implement an anarchist society.

Eugene, Oregon: Sexism, racism, classism, homophobia, other psychological problems and Green Anarchist arrogance that makes dealing with all of the above far more difficult. The space taken up by assholes who can't listen worth a damn and make all anarchists look like jerks.

Montréal: anti-organizational anarchists

No cohesion between anarchists

Less real basic work, to much activist (or should I say militant) work

New Orleans: Lack of connection to the community at large and the problems it faces. Breaking down race divisions. Looking outside of the anarchist community, and avoiding being insular.

Washington, DC: projects and collectives focused on actions and not enough self/group-analysis. there is rampant authoritarianism, sexism and classism. people are afraid to join the movement because they see it as a clique and very elitist.

DeKalb, Illinois: lack of people

Hanford, California: A constant debate over whether or not violent resistance should be accepted and utilized by anarchists.

Bellingham, Washington: "No anarchists"

Culpeper, Virginia: "There is none where I live."

Chicago: "The biggest problem would probably be the fact that everything seems so hopeless. Also, we tend to get bogged down with our personal problems instead or working towards a higher goal. And finally, the anarchist community is marginalized as just being "dirty kids" by other activist groups."

Buffalo, New York: "Negative opinion of anarchists among the public and progressive/left circles."

Paris, France: "I'm struggling with poor, unemployed, underpaid, angry, hungry people, the problems 'my' community is facing are not the problems the 'anarchist community' is facing . I do call myself an anarchist but ideologie has nothing to do with my everyday work to fire the boss , many self-proclaimed anarchists here don't believe in class struggle and some of them are just petit-bourgeois ideologists, they are stagnating in their dogma and i'm not going to lose some precious time arguing about a word when i have so many interesting activities with people who don't call themselves anything but are much more close to what i'd call direct-action-dedicated-anarchists than the others who use this word too many times without doing anything."

Richmond, Virginia: "sexism and power abuse within organizing. general lack of energy within the movement."

Tempe, Arizona: "inactivity"

United States: "capitalism"

Cochabamba, Bolivia: "weak organisation"

Troy, Michigan: "the wealthy who have complete control of the city, schools, pigs, media, wealth the list continues"

Tempe, Arizona: "recognizing class privilege, patriarchy, getting off our (mostly my) asses."

Lawrence, KS: "Overwork. more projects then people to do them. less focus on our personal relationships, and caring for peoples mental health."

Ohio: "that its tiny, leftist, single issue oriented, and non-violent"

Waterford, California: "Lack of organization...Time to spend on projects..drug use...people getting burned out...police repression...stupidity...punk rock seen as "activism" and "resistance""

Salt Lake City: "Lack of people. We have a core of approx. 8-10 people who are dedicated to building a strong anarchist community in Salt Lake City. The only projects we work on currently are Food Not Bombs, and a newly-started Anarchist Cafe."

Portland, Oregon: "Lack of community organizing, uninformed participants who lack a critical spirit, and the fact that anarchism is more of a clique or sub-genre than a real movement."

Denton, Texas: "There is no anarchist community where I live."

Rural anarchist: "Because we live in such a rural area, we are extremely isolated physically from any other anarchist groups. We deal with a lot more republicanism, racism, and plain small-mindedness than radicals in more [sub]urban areas."

Springfield, Virginia: "Calling it anarchy or even hinting the idea that i use anarchist ideas in my founding papers causes unrest between the members."

Connecticut: "Scenesterism/elitism, youth, finding a way to work effectively across large distances without creating fucked up power dynamics between organizers in different towns"

Wellington, Florida: "where i live, there isn't one. I'm working to build one though."

Alabama: "Ignorance of Anarchism causes hatred toward us in my area. Thus, many people are scared to be different from the norm."

Ft. Lauderdale, Florida: "There really is no 'anarchist community' in my local area, just reformists and Trotskyists."

Kansas City, Kansas: "Lack of involvement at this time, and encouraging new people to get involved and feel comfortable."

London, UK: "Solidarity outside the movement (e.g. with the "working classes" as well as others...); police oppression - almost everyone in my group has been arrested previously, if not prosecuted as well...over 90% have been "innocent" according to UK law; money - linked to the previous, we are not seen as "fashionable," and most have little opportunity to do "real" work..."

Modesto, California: "The problems that are faced with every Anarchist Community. Opposing the government and having to live under it."

Appalachian nomad: "The Left and their deceptive ways."

Akron, Ohio: "Everyone is spread so thin."

Olympia, Washington: "Secular nature. There are anarchist circle of friends, but not really an anarchist community."

Boston: "Disorganization, Fear."

Hamburg, Germany: "Finding one."

Cleveland: "Isolation. Bad communication. Little connection with the less fortunate of the community. Hesitation. Elitism. Gossip and shit-talking. "

Alberta: "Participation, infighting, different goals."

Quebec City: "Lack of organisation/coordination between groups/factions."

Rhode Island: "Legal parents assume I have none...uh...don't know of many anarchists in my community...a bunch of punks...and a bunch of little kids wanting to be cool...I have found that if you have a conversation with someone about can shut them up...but they never seem to change there own opinions...they know there wrong but will never change...its a dirty dirty thing...o well what can you do...topple some towers."

Montreal: "Lack of organization, scattered, no united work, to much lifestyle not enough community outreach."

Bellingham, Washington: "Apathy, comfort, infighting."

Philadelphia: "White punks."

Iceland: "Non-existence."

Boston: "Lack of connection with the working class in our region, lack of connection with communities of color, not enough time in a day."

Lancaster, Pennsylvania: "We work to damn much!"

Hawaii: "Not too many of us yet. Just getting started."

Vancouver: "Lack of organization, disunity, lack of commitment, pacifist ideology, middle class people in the movement, lack of a willingness to confront and deal with authoritarians, lack of direct action."

Rural western Pennsylvania: "There isn't enough outreach being done, esp. to (non-student) workers. There's also a noticeable absence of people of color. Another problem is undue emphasis on lifestylism, and not enough on actual political struggles."

Boston: "Living in the USA, surrounded by yankees."

Central California: "The fact that there isn't one."

Peterborough, Ontario: "Generally, the anarcho-student population doesn't have much contact with the non-student anarchists in Peterborough. Also, there doesn't seem to be any organized anarchist collective in town. Actually, there isn't really much of an 'anarchist community', more of an 'activist community'."

Rural central Wisconsin: "The fact that I am the anarchist community. The inability to peel people's eyes away from football and fashion long enough to have a decent conversation with them. Also pressure from everyone to 'straighten out' and be more like my sister (who just happens to be a cop)."

South Carolina: "Teaching the bigots who wave banners of racism and homophobia, and showing people they do not have to give up there faith when it comes to anarchism"

Indianapolis: "The ignorance of what it means to be an anarchist. Ignorance in general."

Columbia, South Carolina: "We're small, disorganized and spread out. There's not much of a real scene here, so I'm working to build it."

Arizona: "People coming and going all the time, not alot of commitment to projects."

Toronto: "Chronic general disorganization."

Detroit: "The above question is problematic. Other than working in my collective I don't see the anarchist "community" as anything important. The work being done in the collective is how we can best interject into our neighborhood (SW Detroit). So I put 2 hours, but that is collective work, not anarchist community work. If you are asking about the anarchist movement? Lack of resources, lack of long-term vision, which these two really tie into each other I think. "

>Boston: "I find the greatest difficulty in hooking up with other anarchists."


Oberlin, Ohio: "Transient nature of those involved. Concentration of college kids."

New Brunswick, New Jersey: "Lack of communication with non-anarchist organizations. Lack of communication within anarchist organizations."

Baltimore: "Lack of organization, coherent theory, and strategy."

Ireland: "Small numbers. Unorganized. No anarcho space (yet)"

Houston: "Well, the Center for CREAtive Autonomy, the only Anarchist collective I'm aware of, is shutting down as of 31 December 2002."

Indiana: "There is none."

Lancaster, Pennsylvania: "Isolation, alienation, and reaching out to younger folks."

Redondo Beach, California: "The relative wealth of the area (South Bay of Southern California). Anarchy being something that young people who are angry at their parents gravitate towards, which is fine, but then the bigger picture and possibilities are often not looked into."

Philadelphia: "Navel gazing, shit talking and actionless scathing criticism. Not getting out into the communities enough, not articulating anarchist politics in our activism"

Sioux City, Iowa: "That there isn't one."

Sudbury, Ontario: "Apathy."

Victoria, British Columbia: "I just moved here and am not really involved yet. So i think the biggest problem is lack of coordination. It's hard to get involved. "

Columbia, Missouri: "Sustaining itself."

Omaha: "Communication and organization."

Belgrade, Serbia: "State and capitalism =:)"

Guelph, Ontario: "Unable to break out of the anarchist ghetto and relate to the lives of ordinary working class women and men"

San Francisco: "Inability to communicate with non-anarchists."

Tampere, Finland: "One of the biggest problems is probably getting good information about anarchism etc. in our own language, even we all speak quite good English, it would be much easier to read about things in your own language. So getting information to people is quite complicate I think."

Cincinnati: "Finding it."

Los Angeles: "There are not enough to actually work together and accomplish something. They don't want to spend time improving anything and expect someone else to fix something."

Portland, Oregon: "Many anarchist from this area, like many of the people in this area, come from well to do backgrounds. Sometimes we lack perspective on our own socialization. As a result we aren't challenging some negative aspects of popular culture we should be."

St Paul, Minnesota: "Disunity...we are fractured. Many people do not like a few people and it seems to drain energy from everything as a whole."

Rockaway, New Jersey: "There is none. This is a mainly upper class area. People don't care about what doesn't affect them."

Camden, New Jersey: "I live in Camden, NJ which is the second poorest city in the US. Most people that come to the soup kitchen that I live at have to worry about what they're going to eat next. Anarchism isn't a priority."

St. Louis: "We have been going strong for some time, but are beginning to become low on energy, motivation, resources, inspiration. I am hoping the winter will allow us to recharge some. Also, I do not think we accurately represent the diversity of the greater community around us--there are many African-Americans, Bosnians, Vietnamese, and other groups that our mostly white anarchist community has no reach in. "

Galveston, Texas: "Local police interference with my house which is the local haven for the six members of the local region of the Anarchist Black Cross."

Columbus, Ohio: "There aren't enough active anarchists to build a thriving local scene, but I'm working on improving that."

Windsor, Ontario: "'Lifestyle'-anarchists who do absolutely nothing of any importance and hold to a definition of anarchism that seems to have nothing to do with class struggle and everything to do with drugs."

New York City: "Social insularity; lack of internal democracy; insufficient class consciousness; workerist dogmatism among those who do pursue 'class struggle'; lack of adequate process for solution of internal conflicts; dearth of real community organizing; inadequate critical thinking; too many young people."

Newark, Delaware: "Doesn't exist."

Colorado: "Infighting, drugs, drama, apathy and overall general lazyness. All talk, no do."

Inland Empire, California: "Lack of organizing."

Ontario, California: "People feel they need a scene, just like with music, which is only what's going to keep politics specialized and isolated from the general public. Lack of exposure to the movement as a whole, ignorance of historical citation. "

Montréal, Québec: "Repression. Localism."

Ocala, Florida: "Being transient I didn't really have a set base community per se, but I will make a judgment on what I see within the scenes' I have seen and the political theory's (literature, propaganda, etc..) on which they identify themselves with. CRIMETHINC, one of my biggest influences of the past 2-3 years. has recently come out with a very popular zine on "practical anarchism" called fighting for our lives. This pamphlet alone has set anarchy back 60 years. In this pamphlet the very definition of anarchy has been twisted, turned and romanticised into something completely other than itself. This kind of romanticised misunderstanding of anarchism breeds a whole new generation of (not so) "anarchist" thinkers with a distorted and incorrect sometimes wild and violent definition of the word and leaves the entire philosophy open for the same old attacks that were given to historical anarchist thinkers years ago that took so long to fix! It's like being in the dark ages! There even an excerpt that says an anarchist assassinated the president! I love Crimethinc. I love their other projects. I even kinda dug Evasion until the 4th or 5th chapter when that kids bright and smiley attitude just crept right underneath my skin. My point being I am a very open minded, creative and fun person. I am not trying to strangle anarchy here. I am not trying to ruin your fun! But when someone take a doctrine as sacred to me as anarchy and turns it into something its not, I am not going to just allow others to think that I agree with those type of ideas! And maybe if that is what anarchy is to become then so be it! When you are done burning every Goldman book, every Kropotkin or Berkman book and replacing them with wild eyed misdirected manifesto's then I will find my peace in no longer identifying myself with a once great social/ political philosophy."

Virginia: "Too spread out, geographically."

Detroit: "Community?"

Madison, Wisconsin: "Alienation due to lifestyle."

Conroe, Texas: "Pretense and a tendency towards dogma (a tendency borrowed from the "progressive" movement IMO)"

Modesto, California: "Power struggles, ignorance, lack of motivation"

New Orleans: "Lack of connection to the community at large and the problems it faces. Breaking down race divisions. Looking outside of the anarchist community, and avoiding being insular."

Washington, DC: "Projects and collectives focused on actions and not enough self/group-analysis. There is rampant authoritarianism, sexism and classism. People are afraid to join the movement because they see it as a clique and very elitist."

DeKalb, Illinois: "Lack of people."

Hanford, California: "A constant debate over whether or not violent resistance should be accepted and utilized by anarchists."

Athens, Georgia: "I'm not the best to ask, but probably a commitment to long-running projects, or a commitment to projects at all. There's a decent sort of liberal/progressive community, and some anarchists, but very little lasting autonomous activity or radical presence."

Beavercreek, Ohio: "Police interference, school administration."

United States: "The clique-like appearance that it takes on from outside the scene due to security culture."

Lexington, Kentucky: "There isn't one."

Seattle: "A lot of: fragmentation, cliquishness, sectarianism. No common gathering space, very few social events that appeal to people of a variety of anarchist pursuations."

Malden, Massachusetts: "Too many anarchists are mean to each other and exclusionary to others. Many anarchists don't see the importance of organizing and don't understand what it takes to organize a group broader than their social scene. Our class, age and racial bases are a challenge to our organizing."

Gainesville, Florida: "Lack of dedication to ongoing projects, lack of interest in studying political issues, lack of commitment to being a public person with connections to the community, too much focus on purity-feminism/anti-racism, lifestylism, cultural ghettoization, lack of connection to movement outside of Gainesville, doesn't see it itself as a movement, doesn't look for possibilities of stirring up political issues or engaging in political debate in the political or public arena, ignores other movements and groups that are unlike itself, sees all reforms as dead-end rather than looking for reforms that are potentially revolutionary, settles for any kind of reform, rejects working within the system and prefers 'direct action' which is more self-serving than productive or constructive, should I go on?"

Montreal: "Excessive puritanism, spending far too much time worrying about the morality of people in the movement (i.e. the powerless) and not enough time fighting the enemy (who can hit back)."

Perth, Western Australia: "Lack of public awareness. Lack of participation. Other ideologies already succeeded in convincing many people."

Longmeadow, Massachusetts: "State Socialism; the general idea that Anarchy is Chaos; and a somewhat conservative atmosphere."

Berkeley: "Failure to attract those outsiders who already have anarchist tendencies. The vast majority of folks who are already disenchanted and disassociated with the Capitalist system don't believe that Anarchism is a serious alternative to the way things exist now. They think we're a joke."

United States: "Internal harassment. Racism. There is still a lot of the labeling that was prevalent in the 90's, with people hiding behind their gender or sex when they have an issue with someone, rather than dealing with the issue."

Amarillo, Texas: "Close-minded Texans."

Tempe, Arizona: "Currently, issues of sexism are dividing people a bit. I also think that anarchists tend to sink into the subculture and lose touch with people who aren't anarchists, and therefore it makes it harder to reach out to others. Of course there are different levels of commitment and seriousness that make it hard to get things accomplished, but we do a lot for our size and lack of experience."

Juneau, Alaska: "There isn't an anarchist community."

Madison: "Lack of organization and purpose, we don't talk to each other or aren't aware of other anarchists, gentrification of the downtown area."

Hartford, Connecticut: "There aren't enough of us, and geography sets up a bit of a problem most of the time."

Copenhagen: "Getting the message through to the media."

Gainesville: "Most anarchists in Gainesville are upper middle class students who don't give a damn about workers and are on their own class biased trip. Don't publish this. They piss away their time dreaming of a bourgeois utopia while the town itself burns."

Turku, Finland: "There is not much community to speak of. Or at least I don't know of it. I know anarchism is a DIY thing, but I feel initiating something isn't really feasible for me, I'm just don't have the communication skills."

Seattle: "Lack of diversity, failure to communicate values to the public, individualism, lack of organization, lack of community organizing."

New York City: "Lack of organisation."

New Orleans: "Alcohol, powerlessness, ghettoization and stupidity."

United States: "What is 'anarchist community'? Do you mean black-clad young friends? Well I have many friends who don't identify "anarchist" but are much more an anarchist community than the black-clad friends. Anyway, the biggest problems facing the community are the basic facts of the matrix -- the elite-dominated, power-imbalanced world which is self-destructing while people clean toilets 50 hours a week and can't pay for both rent and food simultaneously."

Fredericton, New Brunswick: "Racism and all forms of sexism in the surrounding community."

Fredericton, New Brunswick: "Prejudice and machismo."

Moncton, New Brunswick: "Small isolated area of Canada. Little anarchist his-story or starting base here. So we're unorganized and spread apart."

Camdenton, Missouri: "I'm pretty new too calling myself an anarchist, and I don't see much any anarchist community here outside of maybe 4 friends. That's a problem."

Sparks, Nevada: "We don't really have an anarchist community here. There are a few scattered people that haven't connected with each other yet."

Boston: "Isolation, lack of communication, lack of numbers."

Ottawa, Ontario: "Apathy."

Albany: "Left reformists monopolizing the activist energy and resources."

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: "No many anarchist at my place."

Adelaide, Australia: "Isolation, working hours, lack of experience, lack of confidence, involvement with other things, lack of seriousness, lack of respect for people's time and effort, ignorance of radical history, lack of knowledge of what is going on."

Seoul, Korea: "Lack of organization, fracturedness, living under capitalism. Lack of direction"

Reading, PA: "Smashing apathy."

Saginaw, Oregon: "The anarchists. How hard is it for people to get along, really? That's why I moved out to the sticks -- to get away from my anarchist "community""

Lansford, PA: "No one really cares about much. Talking to anybody outside of who is selling weed at the moment is like talking to the floor."

Eugene: "As just recently arriving to Eugene, it's been hard for me to find my niche within the community. My anarchist politics also tend to differ from the anarchists I've run into, and we are interested in working on different projects (at least that's my take)."

Boston: "Lack of involvement in real campaigns that will gain tangible victories for working class folks (hopefully this will change soon)."

Philadelphia: "Lack of organization and networking of anarchist comrades."

Santa Cruz, CA: "Racism."

Canberra, Australia: "Its nonexistence. I hear there is an anarchist here, an anarchist there, but I couldn't say there's an anarchist community here. If the anarchist net culture could be considered a community. Too much effort going to abusing enemies, and patronising clueless newbies, and repeating anarcho-orthodoxy: anarchists telling anarchists what anarchists like to hear. More effort needed on in-depth discussion, working out ways of making real-world progress, and serious criticism of anarcho-orthodoxy. The big question remains - if anarchism is so good, why hasn't it caught on yet?"

Singapore: "Well, so far I haven't been able to find any sort of anarchist collectives or other organisations. The biggest problems would probably be having enough anarchists in the first place - as far as I know most if not all of the anarchists here are in the punk community."

Tallahassee: "We do not seem to have one. Because I can't drive yet, I'm unable to really seek out other anarchists in my community. It's extremely frustrating, because I know there must be someone here who shares- or at least understands- my political views. I hope that I will attend college in a city where there is an active, organized anarchist movement."

Burlington, Ontario: "Lack of knowledge of any pre-existing anarchist community. I'm relatively new to the area I'm currently residing and I really have no idea where to look if there is anything. At the same time, back in my 'home' town, the anarchist community I'm familiar with is a bunch of anarcho-punks. I find it VERY difficult to work long term and complicated projects with them. Specifically since almost at every gathering everyone is drunk/stoned/very high, and it almost makes me want to go straightedge. There's so much potential in my conservative suburban hometown for a strong movement. I think I'm ready to give up on the anarcho-punks and just start from scratch, cause it REALLY feels they are intimidating any possible would-be anarchists."

Minot, North Dakota: "Not enough of one - not really much of an anarchist community at all."

Louisville: "Factionalism. Exclusivity. Lack of support for one another. Whether or not to work with groups that don't share our ideologies for the short term."

Isleworth, UK: "In my case - work too many hours to do as much as I did. Work with scattered IWW members - small in UK."

Durango, Colorado: "It's small and fragmented. Most people who describe themselves as anarchist are already heavily involved with things, mainly school. This is the other problem, most of the anarchists I know do not have any real commitment to stay in Durango, thus long-term projects are hard to organize and sustain. Also, anarchism seems to be quite taboo, its understanding is very poor on campus and is typically associated with conspiratorial militias in the backwoods and psychopath terrorists."

Los Angeles: "It seems elite alot of the time."

Calgary: "Distance, wealth."

Wellington City, Aotearoa/New Zealand: "This is how I think - I could be wrong or slightly unsure] Individualism, Isolation from each other [everyone 'wants' community, but tend to either stick to their own wants OR join small clicks and quietly manipulate others for their own groups ends], lots of ego, stuck ideologically, use the tools of capital to get messages across, 'poor me' attitudes [e.g. people consider themselves the centre of the universe], people can't share but they will take!! ALL OF THIS WHILE *APPEARING* TO BE SOCIALLY COMMUNITY ORIENTATED!!"

Longwood, Florida: "I would like to be involved in the social anarchist movement, but the region where I live (in Central Florida) is extremely scarce in anarchist federations/organisations. So, the biggest problem facing the closest anarchist community to me is that it barely exists."

Washington, DC: "Too alienated from each other. Not enough community. Too many divisions and distrust. Not focused enough on loving each other, instead on why we shouldn't or don't love each other. Not enough creative inspiratory energy going around. Too much emphasis on being skeptical or critical of each other."

Berkeley: "Too much fluffiness, very in-groupy."

Auburn, Michigan: "Starting one. If I am a 'community' of one, which is nonsense, then the biggest problem is making that number larger than. I don't seem to fit in with either 'anarchists,' or non-anarchists, or anyone else for that matter. "

Maryland: "Support and interest low...but rising through the efforts made."

Denver: "Anti-oppression work: race/class/gender analysis..."

Toledo, Ohio: "It's too small and the "activist" community is dominated by liberals/Green Party bureaucrats!"

Danville, Indiana: "Indianapolis has a small anarchist core that evolved out of the Hardcore and Punk scenes. Though they don't intend to be exclusive, but that vibe is given off. If you're not a part of their scene communication is nil."

Atlanta: "People, who want to stay in the anarchist ghetto and prefer to live prefect lives and critique everyone else for not."

Rural Georgia, USA: "I'm the only one for miles around (but I'm trying)"

Newport News, Virginia: "Lack of members. I know many libertarians, and many leftists, and a few people that passed out Anti-War fliers on D21. But, none of them will call themselves anarchists of any form. Simple very liberal social democrats with a love of Revolutionary Spain. Most remind of me Nader and/or Proudhon."

Santee, California: "Punk kids not living up to their patches and still supporting the system they are against by still fucking buying SMOKES AND BEER. Stupid fuck holes."

Venice, California: "New agers, republicrats, and people who are not familiar with class struggle issues and the limitation of all traditional political representation."

Great Neck, New York: "Very small and limited time."

Cornwall, Ontario: "Non-existence."

Pittsburgh: "Hmm...probably letting personal relations (not ideologically related) get in the way of activism and lack of outreach to the community, expanding from what is seen as the 'punk ghetto,' though that is not the case in fact."

Arcata, California: "Oh, biggest problem. That's a big question. I'd say the biggest problem is our own organizing. I like what Michael Albert had to say in Trajectory of Change. We are doing a bad job at being well organized."

Los Angeles: "Police Repression, Lack of capital, Patriarchy, dead-end left-anarchism."

Pensacola, Florida: "My anarchist community is really swell. We have no problems aside from being really poor and not having the state smashed and stuff."

Philadelphia: "Lack of outreach, not enough inroads into northern part of city, too much gossiping."

Boston: "This city has a strange anarchist scene in which part of the anarchists here (the NEFAC part) refuse to work with the other anarchist groups such as Food Not Bombs, Earth First!, BAAM!, Crimethinc, etc, except on projects that NEFAC has initiated. Obviously, this is not conducive to a good working relationship. And, taken simultaneously with their editorial attacks on other groups, Food Not Bombs and Crimethinc specifically, in their magazines, and their expressed belief that it is better to work with authoritarian Leftists than with other anarchists (the ones that they erroneously call "lifestylists" and other such slander). So, I'd have to say that the biggest problem here is one of internal solidarity and stupid internecine squabbling. Fortunately, though, all of us get along and work well together, except for NEFAC, so basically it just means that NEFAC isolates itself. But it's still unfortunate and divides our power."

United States: "Too much high-fallutin' talk - seems to be divisive and (gasp!) elitist. Not enough organized, sustained, significant, positive action. "

Rowley, Mass.: "Ignorance."

Virginia: "Not inclusive or inviting - cliquish, internal personal conflicts sometimes get in the way."

New York City: "More organizing needs to be done."

Cleveland: "Apathy and people who are pretty much anarchists but won't work with the movement because they don't think it will work out in the end."

Boulder, Colorado: "Spreading it! I haven't seen very many new faces in the community in a while."

Chapel Hill: "Infighting... it is of course a delicate balance between diversity of opinions and name-calling, but frankly, I end up getting turned off by a lot of it. The real problem is there seems to be so much posturing over who is more radical, that it gets very tedious, and, I think, stands in the way of making any serious contributions..."

Mobile, Alabama: "Lack of people involved. Lack of understanding from those who are not involved."

Yonkers, NY: "Lack of organization."

Glasgow, Scotland: "Lack of people contributing to the movement."

Taftville, Conn.: "I don't know any fellow anarchists around but I do things anyway (flyers, pamphlets, etc.)."


Nevada City, California: "That most people here who label themselves 'anarchists' are basically just apolitical punk kids, and that most people whose politics are anarchistic are not aware that they are, or are similar to, anarchists."

Austin, Texas: "I'd say our community has problems with people 'sticking it out' and staying focused. Also, we need to refine our vision."

Heath, Ohio: "Finding anarchists."

Anaheim, California: "Small, if not none; there's only one person I know of who would be considered anarchist."

New York City: "Infighting; stupidity and indifference in the face of cruelty and injustice within the community itself"

United States: "Our community is pretty well organized but being that it is an area with a lot of colleges the turn around for activity can be pretty frustrating"

Canada: "State repression, a lack of collective responsibility, strategic and tactical unity, the lack of a coherent and widespread anarchist press as a means for propagating information and carrying out critical debates within the movement."

Dorchester, UK: "Political apathy, 'anarchy means chaos, violence, etc', lack of understanding"

Aotearoa/New Zealand: "Lack of numbers, very conservative population."

Pittsburg, California: "Do to time constraints and living in the suburbs all I can do attend major events(book fairs and major protest) on occasion."

Berkeley, California: "Lack of communication skills. People snipe at each other using anonymous technology, rather than talking with each other face to face. The split between, for lack of a better term, organizationalists and anti-organizationists causes a lot of friction too."

Peterborough, Ontario: "Lack of communication and common goal."

Edmonton, Alberta: "Fragmentation. Edmonton is home to a surprisingly significant anarchist community (we recently had an anarchist bookfair and had hundreds of people attend), but getting people together to work on projects can be difficult; there's a lot of personalities and cliques (e.g. anti-capitalist Edmonton, Edmonton reading circle, the wobblies) that don't always get along. Most of the differences, unfortunately, are personal and not tactical or theoretical."

Burlington, Vermont: "Networking, and realizing they are not alone...plenty of Trotskyists are afoot here, and they try to pluck the anarchists out of any potential group that might form otherwise."

Los Angeles: "Drama, and not enough grass-roots effort put towards developing a movement with enough capacity and thrust behind it to mobilize the community towards achieving true anarchistic goals, and creating a true revolutionary resistance - one that is not predominantly occupied by white middle class, but is more diverse in people of color, especially black and latino/chicano communities who live at the front of economic repression, racism, criminalization, brutality and overall the general oppression by this system."

We keep having these Conferences on "resistance", these anti-capitalist marches, Reclaim the Streets, Book Fairs..etc. Which are good. But you tell me, how many every day normal people do you see going to those? How many poor working class people do you see at those? I remember an anarchist anti-war conference in Los Angeles which was in a predominately latino/chicano community. When I looked outside the window out onto the streets, I'd rarely see a white dude walking down the street. But when I looked inside, 99% of the people were white. It confused me. There are tons and tons of people in our communities who dislike this system, but rarely are they ever involved in our anarchist activities. Why is that? I think we need to create some sort of political vehicle within the community to act as a device towards further developing a revolutionary movement that really allows us to empower our communities consciously, socially, and politically, through various forms of direct action. Do you know what I'm talking about? Let me give an example. Noam Chomsky. He's quoted more than anybody else in this anarchist movement. Yet your average person - especially those most commonly effected by the issues he talks about - can't even relate to him. They don't even know him. Take a look back at the 60's and early 70's. Analyze the strong periods Black Revolution, Malcolm X, the Black Panthers, etc. These were well known by people black and white, brown and red, yellow and green, all over the world. Why? People could easily relate. For example the Black Panthers; a revolutionary movement that was BORN grassroots. It's simplistic yet powerful program caught peoples attention once it was put into action. It was a device people within the community could actually utilize to empower themselves and the conditions they lived in. The anarchist movement lacks this type of approach. We all know the Panthers were not anarchist. But the reason I bring them up is because they were the most powerful revolutionary struggle this country had ever seen since the American Revolution. It WAS a revolutionary struggle. The only thing revolutionary I've ever seen within anarchist movements was the CNT. And that was way the fuck back 70 years ago in Spain. We anarchists constantly romanticize over the CNT because it's the only real thing we've ever seen come out of an anarchist movement--back in history that is. What about today? What are we accomplishing today? We must be accomplishing SOMETHING because we keep ending up in jail. Too many of us are getting arrested, therefore too much time and effort is going towards our legal defense campaigns, and not towards further developing a movement that can stop this from happening in the first place. "

Seattle: "Popular misconceptions."

Florence, Alabama: "It is non-existent."

Thunder Bay, Ontario: "No real anarchist movement here, a few other anarchists, but nothing that could be called a movement. The entire activist community is VERY elite."

Spain: "Unemployment, ecological issues, anti-militarism, neighborhood problems, etc."

Arlington, VA: "Infighting, not reaching out to the community (working class, non white community)."

Calgary: "There aren't enough of us. We live in a big city, but it's full of Oil Companies. Oil Companies that would have a hard time surviving if we had more anarchist, or radical activists."

Canada: "Lack of communication and outreach."

Uxbridge, Ontario: "Except for a few friends most people feel that anarchism as a political ideology is a joke."

Ottawa, Ontario: "I would have to say lack of time. Everyone seems to be a student or working their asses off to survive and this definitely impedes on organizing and the amount of people involved."

Newark, New Jersey: "It's inability to move beyond its self-defined borders - to put aside petty squabble over abstract philosophical issues in order to build sustainable institutions and community ties."

Richmond, Virginia: "A lack of orientation towards actually organizing outside of left leaning liberal middle class mostly white sectors of society, white guilt, sexism, and a general fear of success. "

Gardner, Mass.: "There is hardly anyone that's seriously apart of it."

Naples, Florida: "Lack of participation."

Lecanto, Florida: "Too many rednecks and people that are too lazy to get up and fight the resistance."

Belgrade: "I don't see anarchists but people who only speak about anarchism. So, I left collective. I'll try to find money (I'll try to transfer myself in EU where I'll work for money) in order to teach homeless children. So, I'm not interested for anarchists, but for anarchism. People are people."

Timisoara, Romania: "Isolation and indifference."

Mechanicville, New York: "The lack of one. If you say you are an anarchist at school or to adults, people tend to freak out or misunderstand."

Charlotte, North Carolina: "Growing beyond a small number of well-connected anarchists to have an influence on the community as a whole."

Aurora, Illinois: "APATHY, HEROIN, ALCOHOL, ADDICTIONS and PS2. Fear of failure. We are ignoring our community directly surrounding us. We have lost sight of all possible futures."

Washington, DC: "Small ideological differences and an inability to dedicate to educational work for self and others i.e. reading groups. Gender issues, very much related to the above problem."

Carbondale, Penn.: "Lack of one."

New Brunswick, New Jersey: "Small community trying to hold up too many projects."

Christchurch, Aotearoa/New Zealand: "Where I live it seems to barely exist."

Dublin, Ireland: "It doesnt exist sadly."

Healdsburg, California: "Town is full of yuppies, liberals, and hicks."

Dousman, Wisconsin: "Finding people to help me! I try to pass out pamphlets and educate my friends, but very few seem to show any enthusiasm (or comprehension) for anarchism. I live in a hicktown in Wisconsin, so the local community (which is very religious conservative) is very apathetic to my cause. It does however, make things interesting..."

Colborne, Ontario: "Isolation on the individual level. Dependence on the system."

Platte City, Missouri: "I don't think a lot of anarchists really understand anarchism. I've tried hard to work with people in local communities, but too many people seem to have hard times cooperating on the same level. Even in anarchist communities--it seems--people fear each other, vie for control, gossip, etc. They allow themselves to be limited by their language and structures. They impose upon themselves a rigid and dehumanizing consensus discussion structure, no matter how small the group or how good of friends everybody is. If we're all on the same side, why can't we seem to work together in a little more human and intimate manner?"

Grand Rapids, Michigan: "Biggest problem would be the lack of anarchists in this area, but I try to bring anarchist models of organization (i.e. consensus based decision making) into the groups that I work with."

Lisbon, Portugal: "Not much information."

Marion, Texas: "I have no anarchist community. Everyone out here is fucking Republican. Damn Texas."

Windsor: "Lack of organization and communication."

Sioux Falls, South Dakota: "Lack of knowledge of similar-minded individuals and/or groups. I appear to be the only anarchist around."

Amesbury, Mass.: "Conservative capitalist bastards, cops, the usual..."

Seattle: "Clique-ness. Everyone is 'right', and, therefore, no one will really work together. The whole punk thing really divides people too, not that I don't have critiques of other groups too..."

Reading, Penn.: "It is non existent."

Memphis, Tenn.: "The anarchist community itself...cliquish behavior with little organizing done past lifestyle anarchism."

Halifax, Nova Scotia: "Communication! While I know there are other anarchists in my city, I have had difficulty becoming involved. While there are local groups involved in the struggle for social justice, I'm having trouble finding any that are specifically anarchist, and it seems that rather than its own strong movement, Anarchists here simply hang on to the coat-tails of The International Socialists, a local group called NOVAE, etc."

Martin, South Dakota: "I live on the Pine Ridge reservation. I'm actively involved in Native American affairs. My wife children and grand children are Native American. The problems here are many and complex given the special status between the US government and the Indian people. The main concerns include but not limited to housing, racism, acculturation, education, alcoholism, suicide, diabetes, identity, etc. on my own have talked to many different people about IMF, WTO, World Bank, and NAFTA. I have several close Native Americans who support me and have even begun learning about the bigger political picture. But getting people together and following through with anything is difficult resulting from years of sabotaging federal programs designed to relieve Fed. govn't. responsibility which intern has caused greater dependency issues which is very self defeating no matter what we try to do."

Weynouth, UK: "There isn't one...!"

Apache Junction, Arizona: "There isn't one."

Lubbock, Texas: "The lack of anarchists."

Mt Prospect, Illinois: "Police, ignorance, general human stupidity."

Washington, DC: "Lack of imagination/drive."

East Lansing, Michigan: "Lack of commitment."

Spring, Texas: "Being as it is that I wouldn't call myself an anarchist, I rarely help with the community. I've been to a couple meetings but that's about it."

Midland, Texas: "Disagreements due to many variants of anarchism (i.e. Anarcho-Capitalist, anarcho-communist, anarcho-socialism etc.)"

Eugene, Oregon: "We live in Eugene. That pretty much says it all. No meetings for quite a while and except for The Insurgent still being published, there's nothing happening here."

Chicago, Illinois: "Money and people to help."

Charlotte: "There is a limited radical community in our city. Also, there are few women who seem to get involved. Three of us in the collective are full-time students and one of us works full-time. Time is definitely an issue."

Frankfort, Ohio: "Misconceptions of what anarchy is, lack of communication and brotherhood."

Wantage, New Jersey: "I'm a social worker who works with teen parents and high risk youth in a conservative rural area. Lack of contact with a community of like-minded individuals is a personal challenge, while a lack of visible alternative lifestyles, economics, family structures, gender identities and cultures are the biggest issues facing the young men and women I work with. "

Borås, Sweden: "Since the EU summit in Gothenburg, the autonomous socialist movement has been facing serious misrepresentation. The nationalist/racist/nazi-movement has (as a result of heavy immigration) grown. So our biggest problem is to represent our REAL opinions and how our movement works. And to fight the right extremists."

Morristown, New Jersey: "There isn't one."

Madison, Wisconsin: "Too much knee-jerk reactive fighting of the status quo, not enough constructive intentional creation of the world we really want to see."

Canberra, Australia: "Small movement spread over a very large country. Country has little history of insurrection. Movement is either in factional opposition (usually based on personality conflicts) or dispersed and unaware of others existence."

Richmond: "Patriarchy, isolationism (a sort of "activist ghetto" dwelling), racial segregation, infighting."

Holly Springs, North Carolina: "No anarchist community here."

Madison, Wisc.: "Small, fragmented, people are inactive."

Madrid, Spain: "We have had police infiltration. Some young anarcho-insurrectionalists who are supporting the authoritarian leftist nationalist separatist groups."

Kirksville, Missouri: "Isolation, infighting, smallness."

Boston: "Sectarianism, and living in a college town, dealing with middle and upper class "activist" egos."

College Park, Maryland: "Puritanical behavior and intolerance of diverse personality types. More generally, unwillingness to reconcile differences even in the case of more legitimate grievances. Also, overemphasis on national mobilizations at the expense of community-based work."

Chippewa Falls, Wisc.: "The police around here are big ass holes small town they bust down on any thing."

Chicago: "I don't feel like I fit into the local anarchist community very well; while I hang out with other anarchists socially, the projects they are working on are either ones I am not interested in, or ones in which I do not feel welcome. The projects I spend my time on are generally not within an explicit 'anarchist community'. Despite being an anarchist and including anarchists among my social group, I do not feel like an 'insider' in any anarchist community, nor do I feel acquainted enough with any to critique it intelligently. "

Washington, DC: "Lack of cohesion. Lack of harmony. We're disjointed and splintered, folks don't work with other folks. Which is fine, but I mean refuse to communicate, that sort of thing. Also, very insular and myopic in a way."

Laurel, Maryland: "Eugene posers."

Orlando: "I'm sure there are other anarchists around, but I just moved and haven't met any yet. I have friends that would probably be anarchists if they weren't so sick of the world that they've stopped paying attention and others that don't see what change anything they do would make."

Minneapolis: "Apathy, over-scheduled lives, conservativism, personal uncertainty."

Quesnel, British Columbia: "The biggest problems facing our anarchist community is a definite lack of unity. This would be different than the same problem in a large town because... well just because small towns are different."

Chicago: "Because of isolation (not knowing others that are like minded, as in anarchist), it becomes impossible to form groups for the purpose of taking direct actions and such. This in turn limits me to doing very small-scale agitation (distributing propaganda, wheatpasting, etc)."

Boston: "Personal differences become ideological battles which cannot be resolved. There are too many people in the city who may call themselves anarchist, but wouldn't know anarchism if it threw a Molotov at them. Either their just plain crazy and use politics as a psychological crutch or are anti-social lifestylists who use anarchy as a badge of subcultural rebellion."

Baltimore: "Petty squabbles over small things; shit talking, lack of communication, no clear plan of action on issues that unite; plenty of time for issues that divide."

Washington, DC: "Hierarchy, political correctness, and lack of comradeship."

Richmond: "In no particular order: all-white, all-young, middle-class dominated, male-dominated, subculture-dominated, disconnected from ordinary peoples' lives and struggles; burnout, short-sightedness, lack of revolutionary commitment."

Cincinnati: "The lack of outreach into local community that have potential to become radical."

Sarasota, Florida: "Lack of numbers. Low enthusiasm. We all live in a very rich, conservative town and local organizing often seems difficult or useless. We just seem to be surrounded by lots of old rich folks, and that discourages us."

Orlando: "The closest anarchist community I've been able to contact in any way is still not local enough to me to warrant activity, so I can't really comment on it."

London: "Sectarianism, ambiguous attitude to workplace struggles, liberal confusionism."

Tampa: "No other anarchist, I go to shows and lectures everything and I run into no one."

Olympia, Washington: "The state."

Vancouver: "A lack of community, there being lots of anarchists in the city but many of them just not knowing each other or knowing how to work together. The marginalization of anarchism and the domination of authoritarian socialism and liberalism in most activist groups."

Indianapolis: "There is no real "anarchist community" in Indianapolis that I have found. But me and a few comrades are building one."

Balikpapan, East Borneo, Indonesia: "Facing the society and its dominant culture and the classical problem is money and supportless!"

Chicago: "Lack of unity, lack of funds, lack of people actually willing to DO things, accompanied by infighting."

Prague, Czech Republic: "Vague theory, sectarianism, Puritanism, moralism, anarchist IDEOLOGY."

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: "Lack of sustainability, no solid base, 'weekend activism'"

Raleigh, North Carolina: "Finding other anarchist..."

Kentucky: "Where I go to school--there's only like 3-4 of us and we are unable to accomplish much. Where my parents live it is police repression (isn't it everywhere though) and lack of community organizing."

Boston: "They're 99% white and 'punk' and not really all there."

New York City: "Tons of people who are trapped in wake/commute/sleep and the anarchists here have nothing to offer. Most of the anarchists live here part time and live in Vermont at the ISE cult the rest. NYC is huge and it's hard to find others like you."

Minneapolis: "We aren't really a community, per se."

Birmingham, UK: "The fact that in the second biggest city in Britain, there are only ten of us! As it only really got going a couple of months ago we haven't had a chance to come across many problem, apart from the temptation of one person to try and join up with authoritarian lefties and liberals, but that hasn't been much of a problem so far."

Stevens Point, Wisconsin: "The fact that there are maybe four anarchists in the area, and we don't get together and organize as a group."

Denver: "The divisions between drunk-punks and political punks and the lack of unity within the different punk anarchist ideologies."

Montreal: "The lack of understanding in the outside community. Problems with police and the lack of co-operation between groups."

Oakland: "I don't know. I'm not involved, really."

Madison, Wisconsin: "Outreaching beyond privileged white kids."

Salem, Oregon: "Elitism, being a sub-culture, fear, lack of resources."

West Virginia: "It's not exactly a community... it's more social action. I work primarily with left wing, environmental, and human rights groups because there are few anarchists on my campus."

St. Louis: "In St. Louis, we have a small activist community as compared to other big cities. And the activist community we do have (mainly the anti-war community) is comprised of religious, pacifist, middle-class people who aren't willing to let the anarchist/Muslim voices be heard."

Tucson, Arizona: "We're transient; many of here have time-consuming obligations and work with activist projects we're involved in for some pay...too many projects with scattered directions, lack of a bioregional (local) unifying struggle or vision to organize around."

Philadelphia: "People aren't fucking organized."

Marshall, Wisconsin: "People want to hear what they want. No one wants to realize that they live for death, and breath for suffocation, and eat for starvation, and have the worth of their lives rest on green paper."

Los Angeles: "A lack of a social network and solidarity among local @ist. Being an @ist should be liberating not X amount of toil and sweat for the 'movement'."

Cliffside Park, New Jersey: "Too much government in area. People mis-understand anarchy for killing and evil"

Iowa City, Iowa: "That the core group is middle class white kids and the community in which I live is a college town with much turnover."

West Hartford, Conn.: "Cops, lack of organization and lack of communication between different groups throughout the state."

Calgary: "I said I spend no hours - this is not necessarily because I don't *want* to help, but there are certain... rather stupid and a bit embarrassing factors which have resulted in inaction so far (but I intend to act eventually).

To my knowledge, there seems to be few anarchists in my city. When the anti-globalization protests were happening a while back, I was on an anarchist messageboard from my city which spoke a bit concerning the protests and plans, which was assaulted by all sorts of people who assumed the anarchists were going to come in throngs like barbarian tribes and destroy the city. There were repeated threats of running protesters over by trucks if protesters did so little as blockaded a road or marched on one.

I'd have to say the greatest problems would be that there seem to be few anarchists, and that there is surely a large amount of misconception of anarchism, tied in with a possible hostility."

Oakland: "Shit-talking, isolationism, employment."

Warren, Ohio: "There are few people I know interested in anarchy."

Walbridge, Ohio: "Low population"

Salem, Virginia: "I live in an ultra-conservative middle to upper class city where even trying to get people to think about worker's rights, much less anti-statism"

Madison, Wisc.: "Lack of involvement, lack of motivation, laziness, lack of a united purpose, life-style anarchism."

Knoxville, Tennessee: "I am not a communitarian, I don't do much socializing. Likely problems are city government and police (do I need to say so?), but I can't say for certain."

Minneapolis: "Poor organization, lack of follow-through, factionalism, clique-ishness, lack of access to resources, lack of secure meeting space, domination by white guys, misogyny, know-nothingism, poor response to incidents of sexual violence within the scene, lack of cooperation."

Salem, Virginia: "Not enough around where I live. Not a very big city politically."

Greensburg, Penn.: "Our schools have teachers admitting to be sexist, fascist, and even racist but people will not do anything. Kids cant be taught by people of this nature and expect to grow up right."

Concord, Mass.: "Existence."

San Francisco: "Repression/ ignorance/ fear."

Kansas City: "Lack of dedication and cohesion."

London: "Religion."

Saginaw, Michigan: "There are few of us."

San Francisco: "People misunderstanding anarchism, anarchist and what its all about."

Austin, Texas: "To tell you the truth, my involvement outside helping at the local Food Not Bombs is minimal, so I couldn't really say (from an outside perspective, though, it looks great)."

Elyria, Ohio: "Infighting, people identify as anarchists and feminists and then go an sexually assault members of the community."

London: "Local community as in our borough: Lack of like-minded people to network with. A group of half a dozen core activists and up to a dozen hangers-on can only achieve so much! Local community as in London as a whole: Fuck, where to start...general lack of enthusiasm, monopolization of anti-war activism by Trotskyist front groups, ritualistic Mayday demonstrations where we're always outnumbered by the cops, general sense of powerlessness and a collective feeling of being stuck in a quagmire..."

Newton, Massachusetts: "Apathy and sloth."

Wise, Virginia: "Leftists."

Washington, DC: "Unfortunately, I have felt that because I am not fully committed to anarchist ideology, for example veganism, people have not welcomed me into the local community. The anarchists seem very active in this area, but I choose to help the community on my own. It is frustrating to feel that a loose knit group of individuals with beliefs in anarchism would judge some one for not looking like them, but it happens."

Maple Ridge, B.C: "Conservative populace who feel a need for leadership, and materialism."

Halifax, Nova Scotia: "Lack of time or motivation. Division, no personal links, and the starting point is always the hardest isn't it. Personally I'm not a very socially extroverted so I find it hard to build those links involving personal relationships."

Portland, Oregon: "Non-communications between different types of anarchists, and no central forum where we can discuss and meet to network and other such activities. Also, due to police harassment in PDX, many anarchos are keeping a low profile and are wary of outsiders, thus frustrating efforts to network."

Santa Cruz, California: "Santa Cruz is a very liberal community, or at least we say we are. Yet there are strong tendencies toward both reformism (without revolution; I believe a political analysis can embrace both), and worse, the notion that things will fix themselves by people "turning on", etc. That is, I think that pot has Soma-tized the student community to a large extent. Therefore the anarchist community doesn't grow much."

Wilkes-Barre, Penn.: "Lack of interest by youth, lack of action by the older, and the little attention paid to problems at hand."

Connecticut: "Infighting... white boys acting like white boys and creating hierarchies with themselves on top. Lack of ability to see how you treat another person casually, socially, or at a meeting is linked to how you treat people on a broader scale. Lack of ability to see all oppressions as interconnected."

Plymouth, Mass.: "I've not quite isolated, but most of my friends live better far away. When we do finally get a meeting together everything we do together ends up silly. We have no resources in terms of working cars, meeting spaces, food, spare time. We are trying to organize into a more political aimed group."

Malta: "Hmmm, unfortunately many of them are not ideologically correct, but they still call themselves anarchists."

New Brunswick, New Jersey: "Organization, organization, organization."

Laguna Niguel, California: "I live in an upper middle class area. Almost everyone here is a capitalist or benefits from capitalism on one level or another. So my biggest problem is that our numbers are few, and we have very limited resources. I've tried to locate more people of similar standpoint, but I'm not sure of the devotion levels of some of the people I have met. All bark and no bite. If you have any suggestions please e-mail me."

Bowling Green, Kentucky: "Apathy."

Miami, Florida: "Little contact among activists and not much coordination either. Need ways of getting to know more activists and working together."

Vancouver, Washington: "The same problem that I'm sure faces many other anarchist communities; people believing in and spreading the lies about Anarchy that they grew up with at the same time that we are trying to bring awareness to the truth, and unfortunately our numbers seem to be fewer, or at least less prominent."

Denver: "The fact that there's only 2 of us where I live. Cops and towns people like to break your stuff, arrest you, and kick your ass because they think I'm a communist."

Yorktown Heights, New Jersey: "Fake anarchists, people who wear anarchism like a brand."

Palm Springs, Calif.: "There is no anarchist community in Palm Springs, none. All that will be here in the long run is the unions that I build."

Austin, Texas: "Nobody knows anybody, people just run around unaware of other people who are fighting for the same things."

Somerville, Mass.: "There are the really ideologically upfront anarchists who are isolated from other community groups, and there are the anarchists who work with other community groups, but somewhat in the closet about their politics. There does not seem to be any decent balance between the two."

Toronto: "Bickering and too little separation from hierarchical groups (OCAP, OCAP, OCAP)."

Sandy, Utah: "There aren't many anarchists in Utah...Left movements mainly consist of Green Party types, and reformist progressive types."

Waukegan, Illinois: "The main problem with our organization and community are that there are main misconceptions of what Anarchism is. Especially since we do a lot of Zapatista propaganda work (support work), we have a lot of misinformation and pre-formed misconception about the Zapatistas in our 75% Hispanic community (mainly new immigrants)."

Montreal: "Some of us aren't united like we should. Not enough contacts to organize protests and actions together."

Canada: "I don't feel I am part of a community - I feel I act mostly independently, or with a few like-minded friends. The community that does appear to exist in the urban areas has been rather difficult to locate and doesn't seem welcoming/inclusive (or at least that's the impression that I get. Maybe they're just not 'organized'.)"

Sheffield, UK: "Police repression, houses being raided, grouping of males within a 'boys club', not interested in radical theories, lack of keen young people."

Reno, Nevada: "Lack of education. Few people here understand what Anarchy is all about."

Milwaukee: "Lots of 'anarchists,' very few who care."

Homeless anarchist: "Profoundization at all levels: theory, public discourse, organization, develop and implement socio-economic strategies, etc."

Los Angeles and Santa Cruz: "The attempt to act/look anarchistic and forgetting to do real work with the community who does not call themselves anarchists."

Kaukauna, Wisconsin: "Dream-like monotony."

Seattle: "lack of communication between circles of local anarchists. no local news source. thick heads and lazy attitudes."

Edmonton, Alberta: "Personality disputes, isolation, hostile political climate."

Buena Park, California: "Getting going and getting together."

Vergennes, Vermont: "Authorities over us seek to silence us."

Thunder Bay, Ontario: "Well, currently, here in Thunder Bay, the only group where anarchists are organized is the I.W.W. There are also anarchists involved in things like Indymedia and an independent political newspaper called 'The Mill'.

There was a discussion group about 6 years ago the fizzled out, and another group called R.I.F.T. that was formed post-FTAA Quebec City that also fizzled out.

I suppose that our biggest problems are simply outreach, education, getting people active. There aren't too many anarchists here, but the ones that are active are active in a lot of things. Burnout starts to become a problem."

Sydney, Australia: "Apathy. Sydney sometimes seems like the political apathy center of the world, too much wealth here so everyone is clawing there way over each other to get near to the perceived source of it, yeah, yeah I know it's like that everywhere and I'm being very Sydneycentric."

Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand: "Lack of organization."

Belgium: "Personal vendettas. Too much disagreement."

Storrs, Connecticut: "Solidarity / unity."

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: "Lack of numbers, finances, and distribution of information to other citizens."

Morton Grove, Illinois: "No support from anyone in area, everyone talks, but no one is willing to commit. Any groups that form fall apart within a year."

St. Louis, Missouri: "I can't find one."

Stockton, California: "What anarchist community? :-/"

Oakland: "Figuring out how to be involved in community organizing projects, and supporting the local struggles of folks in our city. Getting beyond thinking that we have all the right answers and building relationships with other radicals who may not be anarchists but are doing radical community based work."

New York City: "Lack of any organization. Insulated affinity groups, that generally tend to be in white face."

Kingston, New York: "Gender dynamics/ sexism, cliqueish-ness, and a general lack of emphasis on anything not relevant to the white middle class college student vegan lifestylist experience. "

Toronto: "Affordable housing."

Palo Alto, California: "There isn't an anarchist community here."

United States: "Lack of organization, no communication."

Larne, Northern Ireland: "It's Northern Ireland! I live in a spectacularly conservative loyalist village, near an even more spectacularly conservative loyalist town."

New York City: "The pigs, gentrification"

Merritt, British Columbia: "What anarchist community? I guess the fact that there isn't much of one in a town of 8,000, but I'm trying to build one."

Tijuana, California: "Anti-leftist politics, right wing laws, military repression, lack of information for people."

Warsaw, Indiana: "The fact that my community isn't anarchist, and the few of us who are, are just regarded as 'stupid punk hater kids who need a reality check'."

Amarillo, Texas: "There don't appear to be one here."

Montréal: "I don't know."

Chicago: "The ignorant patriots."

Arlington, Massachusetts: "There isn't one. A lot of kids call themselves anarchists, but they still allow themselves to be restrained by school, their parents, and middle class suburbia. I'm trying to create more of a community here, but eventually, I'll probably just have to find me some anarchist pals in the city."

Meade, Kansas: "No anarchists!"

Philadelphia: "A lack of involvement, as well as anti-organizationalism."

Atlanta: "It's a bunch of primitivist, nihilist, white middle class losers."

Tacoma, Washington: "Different organizations fighting for power within the movement, if we had solidarity within the organizations we would be able to accomplish things. There's too much elitism within anarchists and they should find something better to do that bicker at other anarchists, instead they should be."

Riga, Latvia: "Lack of literature, no history of anarchism here, depoliticized people, any left ideas associated with Bolshevik rule here in times of USSR."

Hackettstown, New Jersey: "Lack of motivation, difficulty reaching out to local conservative-minded people"

Sacramento: "Small #'s. We don't really know many others really identify with us. though we try and stray from trying to get people to accept the title of 'anarchist' rather just simply living differently."

Calgary: "Quote from small newspaper release 'there are no leaders to our organization, but if there were we'd be the leaders.' We're plagued by this kind of bullshit."

Eugene, Oregon: "Killer pigs."

Bannister, Michigan: "I'm completely isolated in the middle of a tiny farming community."

Williams Lake, British Columbia: "Basically, its nonexistence."

Minneapolis: "Lack of cooperation. Being so autonomous that the groups hardly communicate with each other at all. No real 'anarchist' space to openly facilitate communication. "

Berkeley, California: "Some fragmentation (i.e. new people can't locate the community, the Long Haul is an in-group), police officers impersonating anarchists and then arresting people, and sometimes cult like sectarian socialist groups are much more accessible or obvious choices for immigrant and working class people who desire change; it's difficult to be introduced to anarchism."

Atlanta: "Few of us. Sectarianism. Anarchism as fashion statement. Anarchists that can't wash their dishes."

San Francisco: "Fear of people using their own brains."

Austin, Texas: "Lack of coherent, visible, organized presence."

Portland, Oregon: "Credibility, perceived association with violence and destruction."

Los Angeles: "Would not know. I just moved to L.A. and it's hard to find others. Communication, outreach are two areas that need work."

Frederick, Maryland: "The same petty group politics that plague any other social situation. Elitism for the wrong reasons, social snobbery, etc. The idea that being an anarchist is all about 'individualism' is what I feel is the weakest link in the movement."

Los Angeles: "People following predetermined notions of how to organize. A lack of creativity and flexibility."

Simla, Colorado: "Apathy."

Vancouver, Washington: "Vancouver, WA is near Portland, I think most of our energy is devoted to the Portland anarchist scene as opposed to Vancouver. Also there aren't really a lot of anarchists in Vancouver."

North Platte, Nebraska: "Ignorant ennui."

Midwest, United States: "Lack of communication and planning. Generally anarchists seem to be scattered. Unfortunately people seem to need group support in order to get anything done. Good old individual guerilla activism is dead. Also the black bloc has become an anarchist statement at demonstrations. This is a bad thing. It must be reserved for appropriate situations. It's getting us more heavily targeted. Sorry, just a personal gripe."

Tucson, Arizona: "Opinionated old liberals and bitter old anarchists who look down on younger people working hard."

Hereford, UK: "Organization and activity."

Oxford, UK: "Lack of real grassroots action, like that carried out during the 19th centuries by mass class based movements, with the production of alternative newspapers, creation of alternatives to state-enforced organs of government and courage to speak out and help lead the movement (as a vanguard, but by consensus and ability rather than mandated by a vote). Anarchists need leaders too, and these are few and far between, particularly in community organization."

New Westminster, British Columbia: "Sectarianism."

Rochester, Minnesota: "No anarchists."

Dundee, UK: "Lack of anarchists, seriously other than that unemployment and lack of affordable land to build self sustaining community."

St. Paul, Minnesota: "Building long-term anarchist institutions! (man, that sounds so weird)."

Fernwood, Pennsylvania: "Conformity. Racism. Lack of education. Misogyny. Depression. Poor diet. Hatred of the other side (demonization of perceived enemies). Lack of love (that's corny), alcoholism beyond moderation, sneering at 'new age' ideas, rhetoric of denial (saying No and refusing rather than saying yes to peace- proactive strategies and new ideas) the same old rhetoric over and over. Boring music that the words are undistinguishable from utter noise."

Los Angeles: "The "anarchist community" in Los Angeles is composed almost completely of closed-minded Marxists whose ideas are far from real anarchism. I haven't even been able to relate to them on the common issues (those few they have which are anarchist), like legalization of drugs, removal of church from state and sexual freedom."

Edinburgh, Scotland: "Intolerance and self-celebration of ideology /armchair anarchism, too much rain and not enough light so people are getting too lethargic"

Aurora, Colorado: "A general lack of effort and commitment; communicating with other communities or smaller affiliates within the community; condemning liberals instead of trying to educate them on anarchy."

Manchester, UK: "global capitalism, ecological meltdown, impending war, local government, national government, police..."

Toronto: "Lack of direction -lack of long-range planning."

Portland, Oregon: "Bourgeoisie poseurs, lack of class perspective."

Toronto: "Jewish youth against the occupation, local affinity group"

Philadelphia: "Others who attend my school, They argue constantly against us and try to explain to us how we can not change things, and that a few people can not change the world or the society. Also the school Administration."

Ontario: "Police oppression, nihilism, drug abuse, elitism (from ourselves AND other activists)."

Oxford, UK: "It's tiny with no groups in my nearest city, and no anarchists at all in the country."

Portland, Oregon: "There is more talk then action."

Tempe, Arizona: "the same problem that face all communities."

Washington, USA: "CAPITALISTS."

Portland, Oregon: "Since I'm somewhat removed, I can't say for sure, but I would say the biggest problem I see at protests/actions, etc. is that the anarchist movement has difficulty uniting with the left, liberal movement. We need to find a way to unite EVERYONE that is interested in bringing down the state, capitalism, consumerism, etc. even if we have different ideas about how to do that."

Ankara, Turkey: "1. State oppression. 2. Communication and orientation within the community. 3. Financial problems. 4. Not to have a place to meet, to communicate etc. (due to financial problems)"

Stockholm, Sweden: "Self-Isolation and lack of focusing point for development of anarcho anti-capitalist positions of interest for the majority of the population."

Los Angeles: "Geographic dispersal, a lot of lifestyle anarchists, police intimidation, ghetto/uber-cool mentality."

Dublin, Ireland: "Getting more people involved rather than just being 'supporter' 15 years of national 'social partnership' deals have destroyed much of the internal life of our unions"

Cork, Ireland: "The fact that it is confined to hippies who really adhere to the stereotype imposed on them. Very unrealistic and expect everyone to have the same narrow-minded objectives, culture and lifestyle that they do. Demonstrations are a key time of visibility and I don't match with any stereotypes that people try to assign me."

Southern Orange County, CA: "Cops, courts, schools, closed-minded people, angry people who just want to "fuck shit up" but are not willing to do any community organizing or even talk to others who don't look think, smell, or act like them. Fear of knowledge, authoritarian tendency."

Pittsburgh, PA: "Seeming elitist attitudes that have trouble bridging perceived social cliques. People who don\'t fit the image of a punk sometimes have trouble connecting with anarchists in the city who do."

Israel: "The lack of activity out side of the big cities."

Stockbridge, Massachusetts: "The lack of class perspective present in the abundant progressive community of the Berkshires."

St. Louis: "Money issues. People have so many of their own problems with housing, money, healthcare, that they cannot be reliable 'activists' for whatever orgs they are in. The projects that we do around St. Louis are not really sustainable, because people have to 'drop out' for a while to get their own lives figured out. Also, it is really hard to support each other, because of similar problems. I feel like there are a lot of anarchists here that feel isolated and left out, especially since some of the housing collectives are sort of cliquey and intimidating (especially if you eat meat/dress 'normally'/work full time.)"

Oxfordshire, UK: "I don't get involved because my shift working disrupts my personal life (just wanna mention here that I'm not a cop), so I can't comment."

Sherbrooke, Québec: "The total lack of a community. There are no explicitly anarchist groups around, and most of the few individual anarchists I know are actually more social-democrats leaning towards an anarchist view. Even the punk scene is moribund; show halls have closed down due to lack of interest and impossibility to pay for rent. Everybody with any desire to be involved in explicitly anarchist struggle is moving to Montreal, which is a bigger urban center. Currently the few of us who have any intentions of staying around for the long run are, as anarchists, mostly involved in propaganda work in order to build a more concrete network of activists. As for actual social work, we do it within currently existing reformist organizations because they can provide us with some resources which are currently not available to anarchists. The challenge for the near future will be to build explicitly anarchist local counter-institutions."

Falun, Sweden: "We have thought of giving out a monthly paper, but we are only 5 persons, so we think it may be a problem sustaining it. We have also thought of radio, but do not have enough program ideas. I guess our problems are low membership and an uninspiring place where we have meetings... I think we might get some new members soon tho. Besides that... maybe negative thinking..."

San Francisco: "Fear of conflict, lack of skills around dealing with conflict. Narcissistic personalities dominating the group."

San Francisco: "Lack of community. Also insane cost of living inhibits organizing, agitating, playing and most other activities. Also sectarianism--if we aren't shit talking other anarchists we're wasting our time on other ideological stripes--either way, not working for a different world."

Tucson, Arizona: "Developing campaigns that actually work and listening and responding to people within the communities."

Philadelphia: "That in our activism we seem to reproduce rather than disrupt the conditions which create privilege and oppression in this society."

Idaho: "Lack of understanding of what anarchy really is. People seem to only associate anarchy with chaos, violence, and any other negative they can conjure up."

Oakland (non-anarchist): "Inclusion and accountability to community issues (particularly immigrants or communities of color; international solidarity) that anarchist communities often protest or work around--and the need for anarchist communities to consider the different perspectives and implications that specific actions may have on the affected communities. Also a need to be more flexible and less ideologically rigid in terms of working with other communities."

Boston: "The problem with a lot of left movements....too much rhetoric...preaching to the choir"

Oakland: "Isolationism, lack of understanding for other kinds of thinking and communities."

San Francisco: "Dealing with alliance building with a wide range of people and organizations on the left (not talking about ISO or RCP, but community based groups and non-sectarian left). Developing strategy that has concrete organizing plans. Developing an anti-oppression politics around race, class and gender. "

Sonoma County, California: "Dealing with issues of mental health stability and organizing from an aware space. Working to end oppressions with in our own community and ourselves. Sexism, racism etc"

St. Louis: "Racism, sexism, abelism, heterosexism--in that order"

Brooklyn: "Brooklyn"

Prague, Czech Republic: "Too much ideology, too many lean towards communism. Not enough direct action (besides protests). Inner quibbles. Too much intellecto-talk. 'Terrorist,' 'extremist' and other such labels from govt, press..."

Newark, New Jersey: "Lack of support for democratic infrastructure. There is also a general lack of planning skills."

St. Petersburg, Florida: "Lack of common interests."

Los Angeles: "They're all punks for the most part, and heavily disorganized. They need to shower and quit with the holier-than-thou shit, and learn to have fun. That would probably help to open anarchism up to a wider variety of people who don't want to put up with that kind of shit. I certainly don't."

Australia: "Sectarian politics."

Santa Cruz, California: "Self-involvement, fetishism of militancy, and lack of awareness around issues of privilege."

Brisbane, Australia: "Informal hierarchy, lack of self-examination of behavior, lifestylers, small or disconnected numbers. capitalists pretending to be anarchists 'cause it's cool!"

Glassboro, New Jersey: "Communicating across political lines, working well with people who are very hierarchical."

Brisbane, Australia: "Ego and informal hierarchies. Middle class kids and blow-ins who want to be cool, but have no idea; art-wankers. Disconnected local anarchist community."

Victoria, British Columbia: "Lack of communications, lack of time from the most vibrant members. Lack of understanding from younger activists and lack of ability to explain from elder activists. That's not to say that the community is not working. It is and we are working well."

Corvallis, Oregon: "I would say that Corvallis doesn't have an anarchist community. So, to the extent that I am nurturing it, I try to be a good representative of anarchist politics within the student, progressive, and left activist circles that I do travel in."

Willimantic, Connecticut: "Adequate outreach to non-punks and non-students. This movement is a ghetto."

Tel-Aviv, Israel: "Fascism."

New York City: "The dream of mass."

Lansing, Michigan: "Lack of outreach, domination by student activists, lack of people willing to take risks, not enough education of other activists about anarchism, not enough anarchists to pull off substantial projects, no infoshop. Not enough commitment to following through on everything we say we will do."

Seattle: "Not too sure exactly... since I am not actually of it. I would guess coherence and access to mass media communication tools like microFM to communicate ~outside~ of the typically alienated, sectarian and intellectually isolated environments, so the movement can grow, from the grassroots up."

Pasadena, California: "Varied forms of violence on womyn of color."

Columbus, Ohio: "Lack of anti-authoritarians."

Melbourne, Australia: "Perpetual cycle of seeing the left as the problem instead of getting on with it. Big brand ideologues are a problem as well."

>Melbourne, Australia: "'My local anarchist community' involves me n 3 friends. Communication. 'Peer pressure\'(?) from the rest of the country. Lack of any sort of coming together or organization."


Corvallis, Oregon: "Well, down here in Corvallis, there really isn't an anarchist community as such. Mainly, the work that I try do to is with the intention of building a community, in general, based on anti-authoritarian ideas to try to figure out how people with lots of different ideas can coexist. But I have been involved in the "anarchist" community in Portland, Oregon and have spent time with other "activist" and "anarchist" communities here and there in north amerika and I would say that one of the biggest problems facing these anarchist communities is that they are a lot of the time indeed focusing on "their community" and it leaves so many other people out. like, "why can't everyone just think like us? Then the world would be saved" type of shit.

I also feel like a lot of north amerikan activists that I have come in contact with happen to be white and with that much of the time, have a very limited analysis of race and culture beyond white anarcho-culture. Seems like things may be changing bit by painfully little bit but in the meantime, I cringe way too often and tend to stay away. I'm tired of putting up with that shit.

So I have joined listservs like anarchist people of color and tune into the colours of resistance listserv, check out other antiauthoritarian movements led and organized by people of color and I get a very different taste in the mouth. honestly, I am pretty new to this community, so I can't very well assess the biggest problems."

Berkeley, California: "Coordination of activity."

Ashland, Oregon: "Primitivism."

Tucson, Arizona: "Self imposed isolation/ostracization"

Thunder Bay, Ontario: "Getting the word out and building the community."

Arkansas: "Apathy, spacinessism."

East Lansing, Michigan: "College town. People move on after a few years and it is too cloudy."

Tucson, Arizona: "Splinter Politics, Egoism, Power Struggle"

Córdoba, Argentina: "Few social "insertion" (poca inserción social) Poca capacidad organizativa y rechazo a las estructuras."

Portland, Oregon: "Police."

Calgary: "Lack of awareness from the public; lack of involvement."

Tempe, Arizona: "A lack of a tactical plan when it comes to carrying out insurrectionary action."

Brisbane, Australia: "Apathy, and my ever increasing lean towards Nihilism."

Champaign, Illinois: "Money, not getting wrapped up in authoritarian structures and approaches because they're 'more efficient.'"

North Carolina: "Lack of dedication, apathy, distraction, laziness, class privilege, lack of creative thinking, lack of resources or the dedication to acquire them, lack of courage to take risks, pessimism, drugs and alcohol, addiction to various vices, elitism, cliques, lack of sensitivity or respectful communication"

Eugene, Oregon: "1) Infighting regarding alleged sexism. 2) Fear because of state repression (Free, Critter, Rob Thaxton, etc)."

Southern California: "Liars and egos."

Toronto: "Disorganization - no political impact on movements."

Lancaster, PA: "Some organizing issues, outreach and some sitting down and having some theoretical discussions."

Phoenix: "They're a bunch of lazy, drunken, cigarette-smoking hypocrites who'd rather drink beer, screw around and play Nintendo than actually create change."

Montréal: "Bad press coverage and people believing it."

Chicago: "Poor outreach. Lack of initiative."

Washington, DC: "White middle class male syndrome, white supremacy, hidden & unintentional racism & sexism, segregation"

Scottsdale, Arizona: "There aren't enough events where newcomers can get to know people."

Berkeley, California: "Anarchists not knowing anarchist theory and history; how anarchists are distinct from other oppositional tendencies; dogmatism and sectarianism masquerading as free association."

Chicago: "Sexism and racism and general disregard/disrespect to each other."

Houston: "The anarchist movement here is fairly cliquish and has isolated itself."

Shipyard, Maine: "Capitalism and the status quo. Diversity of our local A. community."

Germany: "there is no community, where I live. There are two, maybe 3 of us. The rest of the community I spread all over Germany."

Philadelphia: "Branching out beyond its culture. Achieving racial and class diversity."

Houston: "Alcohol."

Somerville, Massachusetts (socialist): "I'm not active in the self-defined anarchist community in my area (Boston). I find that there are plenty of other anarchists like myself involved in the rest of the justice movement, so I don't require a specifically anarchist group to feel comfortable. I think the main weakness of our local anarchist groups are that they are very exclusionary; i.e. if you're not anarchist *their way* then they don't think you're legitimate. Which to me doesn't seem very anarchist at ALL."

Linköping, Sweden: "Lack of motivation."

Chicago: "I disagree with the whole concept here. I am part of my community and class. I do have anarchist comrades that are also in the mix. Developing clear political vision, developing a base in the working-classes, preparing for war and repression"

Los Angeles: "Geographical distance, randomness, no historical background, sectarianism (although not as much as the movement in general)"

Anonymous: "Lack of cohesion, serious action plan; faith, finishing things."

Monterey, California: "Well, it's pretty much just my group of friends at school. I've only had a little interaction with anarchists in the surrounding cities."

Bristol, UK: "Lack of coherent organization, lack of application of anarchist principals to real world solutions."

Oslo, Norway: "Privatization, the local government is trying to sell our social-center."

Peoria, Illinois: "Midwest bible thumping, Laziness with the teen pseudo anarchists. People who think belonging to a "scene" is the most important thing in the world. Lack of community."

Urbana, Illinois: "Burn out. Fragmentation of community due to interpersonal drama."

Philipsgrad, Netherlands: "Unwashed crusties with dreadlocks!"

Barcelona: "Being sometimes to convinced of having the only truth, not opening enough to society."

Amsterdam: "Social processes to do with group forming which leads to excluding people and that is not the 'anarchist' groups I know of are not anarchist...."

Austin, Texas: "Not enough solidarity, a lot of in-fighting amongst the adjectives, bad work ethic."

Oslo, Norway: "In Norway, Marxism and social democracy have been the language of "resistance" for so many years- and autonomous groups have thus been relatively isolated and defined as "other" for a long time (i.e. something which people don't feel they can identify with)."

Greensboro, North Carolina: "Not enough people to implement all the ideas we have."

Oslo, Norway: "I'm not part off any community, as i have yet to find people who i wish to become a community whit. Also, where I live, I think i'm the only anarchist."

United States: "Organizing with the ISO, dealing with it's own drama...being primarily white upper middle class and punk/crusty, having a reputation as a Crimethinc town."

Salamanca, Spain: "Transmitting the SMS."

Portland, Maine: "It costs too much to pay rent in Portland, in relation to what you can earn working (unless you want to telemarket), and it is much too small a city for squatting to even be realistic. Although, if you want to camp out in the nice weather, there are still plenty of good places."

San Diego: "Lack of coherent ideas/unity that we can organize around. For most communities I've seen, anarchism is a scene that you can only really identify if you are a part of it. I think we need concrete projects/organizations that can make anarchist ideas public, and relevant to common people. And by and large, such scenes are more based on friendship/culture (punk) that on political affinity. While cultural stuff is good and important, it\'s limiting for people who don't culturally identify the same way, or lead different lifestyles...."

New York City: "Sexism, classism and racism. Basically this 'movement' is overrun by rich white kids and it sucks. It really is overrun by rich kids. I've met very few who come from my economic background, most are stinking rich. THIS is a BIG problem. Suburbs corrode the mind and dull the senses. These kids never even come to terms with their privilege, it is driving LOTS of people away from anarchism."

Houston: "I've never sought one out. I'm a solitary practitioner."

Chicago: "I think that there is a real lack of discipline and personal responsibility -- and i think that people striving to do things in an organized fashion are too frequently written-off as "authoritarian" or "repressive". I'm speaking of simple things -- like living collectively and then insisting that people should strive to clean up the damn dishes or pay the rent on time. I mean, come on, no anarchist community (or any community, really) works well if people evade their responsibility to the group and pretend it's "liberating" to do so. I think the word is "immaturity", really..."

Blairsville, Pennsylvania: "Animal rights, no war."

Portland, Maine: "Not enough of us! Lack of serious commitment. Dogmatic obsession with ideological purity."

Boston: "Disunity among those who work for anarchism, whether they call themselves an anarchist or not. Whether we dress in black and go to protests or not, there are people in this movement working from an anarchist world-view who need to be in coalition with each other, regardless of what we wear or what label we take on."

Halifax, Nova Scotia: "Lack of cohesion, don't know one another, apathy."

Brussels, Belgium: "Infrastructure."

Providence, Rhode Island: "'Class'-related divisions between workers(/crimethincers) and students(/workers). Not unfounded. Also: high migration rate for both categories."

San Francisco: "Lack of unity between various groups/interests, good structure in place preventing people from being creative (because they/we don't have to be)."

Mechelen, Belgium: "Discussion, lack of new theorie/critics. Violence (Black Bloc)."

Olympia, Washington: "Lack of strategic long term planning. Inter-group class, gender, race oppression, and the lack of initiative to deal with these problems. Also a major failure to see the flip side of oppression--privilege. Those with it tend to not want to get with it, so to speak. So a problem arises in how to address this, to express anger, frustration, hurt, and to demand accountability, but also to be articulate, clear, and consistent in doing so. "

Berlin, Germany: "For 'Berlin community': white middle class background of 95%; personal dogmatism; ignorance of anti-Semitism; ignorance of (multinational) working classes."

Jacksonville, Florida: "We don't have one."

New Brunswick, New Jersey: "Lack of broader vision and connection between "working" anarchists and community members on one side and "student" anarchists and community members on the other. Local coordination is needed."

Brooklyn: "Lack of political/theoretical clarity and consistency. Tendency towards individualism, at the expense of solidarity, mutual aid, and plain old thoughtfulness."

Richmond, Virginia: "Lack of explicitly anti-authoritarian organizing spaces. "Anarchists too thoroughly indoctrinated with middle class protest culture to do any real organizing with workers."

Palo Alto, California: "I live in a rich town and am surrounded by bourgeoisie capitalists, and reformists."

Ottawa, Ontario: "Small numbers; demonization by the mainstream activist community in some instances."

East Coast, USA: "It's virtually non-existent. The suburbs of the state I live in don\'t exactly adhere to progressive (let alone anarchist) philosophies and principles. "

Maryland: "Inter-racial organizing and implement anti-racist alternatives to education, employment, and activism."

Portland, Oregon: "Its empty, we are all to caught up in our own problems to even help each other out. We're all fucked."

Vancouver: "Public perception of 'anarchism'. Hypocrisy -- yuppie anarchism, capitalist/consumerist anarchism. Alcoholism."

Madison, Wisconsin: "People don't seem to really know who else would be interested in working together, it seems like there are people who believe in anarchy here, but not a whole lot gets accomplished, other than handing out zines, maybe... as far as I've seen, at least."

Guelph, Ontario: "Probably the fact that most of us are campus (University of Guelph) based, and therefore take a more intellectual stand on things rather than reaching out to the streets."

Brooklyn: "The economic realities of life in New York make working options outside the capitalist system difficult to say the least, and the lack of a unified anti authoritarian activist center is a major drag in a city with such a rich history of anarchism."

Antwerp: "Sectarianism, anti-organisationalism, anti-intellectualism to an absolute degree, non-cooperationalism, activism-ism, provincialism, against-everything-ism, not thinking strategically, making fundamentalist statements instead of radical statements. Mixing radicalism up with extremism because of a personal search of identity. People not having worked together with other leftist tendencies in order to know how we should deal with them, sometimes the result of sectarianism, sometimes the result of a healthy non-relation with vanguardist political sects. Not having the intellectual/organizational capacity to achieve a lot. Not being able to deal with ambitious people who want to do something for the movement but too want to achieve something in life (people who feel that if they had chosen another route, they would feel much more satisfied for themselves). This includes people with personal ambitions, a very human thing. Having to invent the wheel all the time, not learning out of (our own) history. Lack of self-criticism, not getting the practical implications of anarchism as a method of organizing society (by this I mean that people tend to overstate their personal impact on decisions made by a collective institute in their utopic 'anarchist' system. This is naive, unrealistic and totally detached from any non-atomic human society. The impact of the individual's view in an anarchist society will indeed be quite distinct at the local level. But people can't just see that this won't be the case at a level accounting for let's say a big city). Anyway, you probably know the problems. A year ago we printed an article in the Flemish anarchist newspaper that was titled "We need more brains!". Anyway, that surely got some thing right."

Iowa City, Iowa: "Lack of strategy."

Washington, DC: "Overwhelmed by white people."

Tallahassee, Florida: "Too little socialization, too little activity."

Midwest, USA: "Tired routines. Boring activities. Doing what every other group is doing and not being critical enough or creative enough to capture anyone\'s imagination and desire. Too many infoshops and lame demonstrations."

San Francisco: "Lack of communication, internal disagreements, people involved in many diverse projects outside of specifically definied 'anarchist' milieu."

Zephyrhills, Florida: "The sheer number of conservatives and old people in my town. Living in a small town where the average age is close to 65 it is difficult to have people see you as something more than just a teenage punk. Also the gigantic religious influence impedes most conversations, as well as police harassment."

Montréal: "Lack of time to do activism. Lack of links between different anarchist orientations and links between struggles..."

Melbourne, Australia: "Anarchists attacking those whose ideas are similar but not quiet right, e.g, autonomists. Trots trying to steal our fire with crappy imitations and white washing, and also agent provocateurs who spread disinformation in Australian and internationally."

Cranbrook, British Columbia: "The complete lack of one and my inability to stay in this town and build one."

Wellington, Aotearoa/New Zealand: "Being inward looking, exclusive. Too much of a middle class, male, youth bias. too focused on changing individual lifestlyes, simplistic lifestyle posturing. Lack of knowledge of even the most basic anarchist and communist (ie. ultraleftist, not leninism) theory. Anti-capitalist posturing while knowing nothing about how capitalism works or how we can stop it"

United States: "There is none. The post-9/11 American fervor. Patriotism. Futility."

Columbia, Missouri: "Building...getting less 'core' people involved..."

Zagreb, Croatia: "Anarchists in my community tend to be very hardshell, without accepting *any* compromises, like changing the way they speak to media."

Ottawa, Ontario: "I find that a lot of the people who identify themselves as anarchists become obsessed with the thought of 'no rules', instead of 'no rulers'. Another problem that I see is rich hippies that need another outlet and like to belong to a group that receives the attention that anarchists do. Sanctimonious martyrs are very interesting to see, but a liability to the greater movement."

New York City: "Lack of organization."

Lafayette, Indiana: "Sectionalism within the movement."

Milwaukee: "A complete and utter resounding lack of interest, and conviction. Oh, and beer."

Amsterdam, Netherlands: "No new people, except for foreigners, boldness, impoliteness, no social ability, work for living comes first, than party, than others."

San Francisco: "Figuring out how not to scare people. They are SO conditioned to either of the two duopoly parties that anything else freaks them out."

Great Barrington, Massachusetts: "Anarchists in my community often do not follow through on our commitments, complicating efforts to contribute to concrete issue-based campaigns and making it difficult to build relationships with other communities.

We are also not very inclusive in our approach to community organizing, or in our social relationships. Often we rely time and again on the same networks of friends and associates when putting out a call for an action or educational forum.

We have also failed largely to confront exclusive and oppressive dynamics within our organizations and relationships. The anarchist 'community' is, therefore, dominated by the voices of a few white, middle-class men, and the concerns and interests of others often go unheard. These dynamics have led to an isolated anarchist community with a very limited base and few allies. Such a narrow, isolated, privileged base makes it impossible for the anarchist 'community' to contribute in any meaningful way to a larger revolutionary movement.

Through our own arrogance and short-sightedness, we have consistently forgotten or dismissed the revolutionary contributions of other movements and remained blind to important developments in our region."

New Brunswick, Canada: "Lack of communication; outreach tactics and scope of discussion limited"

Dallas: "People not taking me/others for what who we are because we are minors even though we have voices and opinions also. People thinking that we are trying to spread terrorism (that's what anarchy means to them)."

Philadelphia: "There isn't much of a great one. Just a bunch of drunk punks looking to destroy things."

River Vale, New Jersey: "Students that are too into glamour and have no understanding of what they are for and against."

Kansas City: "Lack of Communication and connections. We know we are out there, but it's hard to get in touch sometimes. Not very pronounced, though."

Hamilton, Aotearoa/New Zealand: "I live in New Zealand, and although our country is very \'left\' in ideas and views, we don't have a very socialistic following. As many overseas corporations own our media, banks, shops, factories, etc... We are shunned away from the \'Anarchic\' philosophy. The anarchists that do live in Aotearoa are spread few and far between."

Lawrence, Kansas: "Generation gap/different orientations that have trouble working together. The younger people are more extreme in their views and their activities tend to put off the average person."

East Los Angeles: "Punk rock baggage. Inability to relate to 'real' people and normal day to day life."

Louisville: "The increasing presence of jaded, cynical, and condescending 'too-cool-for-the-revolution' types that criticize everything productive that people try to do. That and extremely brutal fucking cops."

Jaffa, Israel: "Living in a racist country that is involved in a violent conflict."

Lisbon, Portugal: "Quarrels from the past."

Ankara, Turkey: "The main problem is organizing-this is in general related with the reality that we in Turkey did not have any anarchist movement or history. Also we face some problems related with some people's view on organizing and acting. (I mean anarchists in Ankara)"

Oakland: "Racism, sexism and lack of accountability and community building."

Cambridge, UK: "There is a massive lack of awareness of class and how that impacts on our decisions. The trots are very strong here in the UK, and the political culture is much more party-oriented than I am used to, coming from North America; people have more or less given up on the party system in Canada, in my experience, whereas here people tend to look to it for answers."

Burlington, Vermont: "Burlington is polarized strictly along a 'Left' v. 'Right', Socialist v. Conservative, political spectrum. Both sides see in black and white and neither cares to hear your political view if you won't kowtow to their ideals. In other words, for anyone to get a dissident view in edgewise they HAVE to be giving it from the auspice of one or the other camp."

Clyde, California: "The power of the state is bigger than ever making the situation dire."

Charlotte, North Carolina: "Developing a larger radical community. Our collective is very small but very dedicated. But this becomes a problem when we try and branch out. We find it hard, having been in the routine of this collective for so long, to work with people outside of the collective."

Rochester, New York: "If you consider me and some friends that are anarchist leaning a community then we do all right. As far as problems go it's the college we go to, it takes up way too much of our time. We all want to get the hell out so that we can do more with community and exploring ourselves."

Victorville, California: "Lack there of. There are few with the spirit, but without a clue. There are a few who understand, but are apathetic."

Springfield, Missouri: "Inability to find time to organize. We have small informal discussion group. Most of us are still willing to accept wage slavery as a means of existence over alternative forms."

Torrance, California: "The area I live in is conservative and preppy. Not really any anarchist movements."

California: "Lack of solidarity amongst fellow 'brothers'-- not enough brothers supporting womyn's involvement in the movement. Thus wimmin are being discouraged and our involvement low. Comrades need to accept the fact that wimmin are more than just 'organizers'--taking down notes, making the wheatpaste or whatever. We are also fighters and *very* much capable of physically kicking corporate ass(holes)."

Boulder, Colorado: "Intercommunity conflicts. Deciding tactics. Getting people to come and plan new projects or actions. The fact that so few people even know we exist."

Massachusetts: "Building one. I'm somewhat isolated less so by geographical means and more so by existing a suburban area of ignorance and uncaring apathy. This is a stifling environment to attempt to create resistance or even caring to change things. Many are kept from caring due to privilege others from backward modes of thinking reactionary ideas/ ideologies. The best attempts have been to go to the nearest urban area with an anarchist movement occurring (Boston). If other anarchists in suburban areas have suggestions on ways to organize spread awareness then I give permission to give out my contact info and would look forward to correspondence.'

Toronto suburbs: "Apathy. People are relatively wealthy here, and though everyone is willing to admit the world sucks (or at the very least, needs improvements), everyone seems paralyzed by the belief that it's out of their hands."

Erie, Pennsylvania: "Difficulty finding and actively meeting with each other in a city where there is very little 'community' interaction of any kind outside of religious organizations, sports, etc. Also, time: in a small community scheduling activities when all the 5-15 interested are available is tough - if 10% of a larger community show up you can pull off a meeting/event/game/show, but if here 10%=1person... everyone feels like they have to participate in everything that comes along."

United States: "Elitism and isolating other anarchists. Individual groups and not enough solidarity or open minds."

San Antonio: "Few anarchists."

Madison: "There is a clear tendency towards intense individualism at the cost of unity/working together/cooperating. Kids here are, by and large, rather flaky, drifting in and out as the "scene" changes. The university and the transience it encourages are partly to blame..."

Indianapolis: "More talk than action and not necessarily 'progressive' or 'subversive' actions but community work and simply chores to keep our community, available venues, infoshop, homes and lives welcoming, breathing and free to more than the politically active or the 'glamour anarchist' folks. Also, the same old redundant and boring roles that as "anarchist" we've chosen that are only preserving the 'surface culture.' We've been too absorbed by historic and past actions of "anarchist" and the such that we've stopped challenging ourselves with new actions and practices in our lives but only follow the role of what we've made ourselves believe is a appropriate and do good "anarchist lifestyle." We only do what we need to get by to sustain ourselves in the 'anarchist subculture' and that's a shame."

Annapolis, Maryland: "Young people who call themselves anarchists, just so they can go around breaking stuff and hurting people. They have no care for anything politics-wise."

Rochester, New York: "I can't find any other anarchists! In my area, they are nearly non-existent or wannabe punk rockers who get into the 'scene', which in my opinion, isn't really anarchy."

Salem, Indiana: "Getting people to become active and interested."

St. Louis: "Self-hate (seriously)."

Portland, Oregon: "Myopia, unacknowledged privilege, depression, infighting, and a calculated campaign by some agency or agencies to make us ineffective."

Park Forest, Illinois: "I have practically no anarchist community at all. Just 5 (including me) punk and metal kids. It sucks."

Los Angeles: "The Government."

Baltimore: "A lot of the people who used to be involved in it seem to have dropped out."

Dearborn Heights, Michigan: "Government crackdown in the capital city- we're not welcome there."

Berkeley: "Lack of focus and organization. Inadequate methods by which to share skills and resources between experienced organizers and new ones. Police violence. Racial and class homogeneity. Everyone too busy with school and work to do very much. Too reactionary - lots of activity when there's a war or other equally clear cause to oppose, not nearly as much energy for sustaining and building a movement. A tendency toward vague liberalism ideologically, due primarily to lack of familiarity with anarchist ideas and history, or familiarity with ideas and history outside of standard American fare for that matter."

Rebuck, Pennsylvania: "This is a very rural and conservative area. Some people lean left, but cringe at anarchism, which they often believe is some ridiculous teen ideology."

Thousand Oaks, California: "Not enough people."



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