It is a funny thing that the critics of ANUS, without fail, have never been contributors to ANUS. Now that's just passive-aggressive (or, in gamer culture, 12-year old behavior).
ANUS has done good, does good, and will do good.
ANUS -- with its imperfect but nonetheless noble attempt to discern good art from bad art -- is probably our best shot at any sort of political activism. Plato once said something along the lines of "if I can have say over the art, music, poetry, and literature of a state, I care not who makes its laws" and I think ANUS genuinely understands that and tries its best.
ANUS -- with its "active nihilism" and "transcendental idealism" -- truly helped me turn my life around for the better. I'm talking major attitude and behavior improvements, major emotional and intellectual development, and spiritual growth.
ANUS -- with its community of not merely learned but wise people -- truly helped me open my heart and mind to great artists and thinkers: Brahms, Bruckner, Beethoven, Respighi, Asphyx, Bathory, The Chasm, Demilich, Emperor, Enslaved, Immortal, Massacra, Morbid Angel, Obliveon, Sacramentum, Summoning, Therion, Socrates, Plato, Jesus, Plotinus, Ibn el-Arabi, Rumi, Echkhart, Blake, Emerson, Thoreau, Kierkegaard, Nietzsche...
I still have my own mind, and do not always agree with Prozak, Conservationist, scourge, the other staff, and the other members of the community, but I nonetheless respect them as brothers (and sisters) who, despite our differences, share one thing in common: our undying love of Truth and Reality (and metal and sodomy).