"My 16-year study, which will hopefully be ready for editing within a year, will run over 1,000 pages and will be the most comprehensive global history of the anarchist movement over 15 decades."
A history of anarchism written by an admitted fascist? The second volume of a co-authored series now being written alone by Schmidt, who claims no authorship of the first volume, with complete radio silence from Lucien van der Walt.
When we formally communicated to Michael Schmidt our decision to remove him from IATH/ITHA, he responded unexpectedly: a confession of some guilt. We insisted that he issue a comprehensive public letter, explaining “exactly what [he] did,” and we listed issues requiring clarification. Our intention was to be as transparent as possible and to ensure that important material entered into the public domain.
After some delay, we received the public letter, of which we highlight the following points:
Michael Schmidt says he has a history of mental illness and severe personal/emotional problems.
Michael Schmidt states he became secretly influenced by the right and its racist arguments for a time, while at the same time maintaining numerous and sincere public engagements with the left;
Michael Schmidt does not admit to any project of infiltrating the anarchists, stressing instead that his private and public views and actions became increasingly incoherent;
Michael Schmidt admits that he deliberately concealed his secretive political deviations from members of Anarkismo, ZACF, IATH/ITHA, CAB, as from Lucien van der Walt and others;
Michael Schmidt states that his role in the development of the book Black Flame was a very limited one, and that the book was primarily written by Lucien van der Walt;
Michael Schmidt apologises for the political difficulties and personal pain caused by his actions, and states that he has since renounced the radical right.