Path of the Black Flag- Insurrection Strategy

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English: “Famous whiskey insurrection in Pennsylvania”, an illustration from Our first century: being a popular descriptive portraiture of the one hundred great and memorable events of perpetual interest in the history of our country by R. M. Devens (Springfield, Mass, 1882). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Those who hold with the insurrection strategy believe that the governments and hierarchy will not simply dissolve peacefully, or whither away. Like those who hold with the revolutionary strategy, they believe that governments, institutions borne of violence, will not disappear without their violent destruction. Where the insurrectionists differ with the revolutionaries, however, is how this violence is to be carried out.

Insurrectionists are skeptical of organizations, even nominally horizontal ones. They see the structure of most revolutionary groups as simply a new hierarchy trying to replace an old one. Instead, insurrectionists favor informal networks of affinity groups. They reject calls ‘movement building’ and ‘consciousness raising’ in favor of immediate and direct action.

Given this informal and decentralized strategy, there are few constants between different insurrectionist affinity groups. However, some points of insurrections strategy are usually held in common. These are:

  • Attack– The best way to get your point across, to protest against the abuses and tyranny of the government, is to attack it. Do not rely on peaceful protests, or propaganda of words. Only action will do. Do not allow your struggle to be mediated, pacified, accommodated, modified, or sacrificed for someone else’s larger plan.
  • Everyday Insurrection– Rebel against tyranny every day. Most of these rebellions will be modest, and won’t succeed. Do not wait for when you are sure to succeed, for that ‘perfect moment of rebellion’. You will never be sure of success, and that perfect moment will never come. Every attempt, every small act of rebellion, is not a failure if it doesn’t bring out Anarchy right then and there. It is instead better thought of as practice. Do it until it sticks.
  • Self-managed Struggle– Don’t wait for others to show you how to be the perfect Anarchist. Don’t sign up to the a soldier in someone else’s Anarchist army. Fighting for someone else’s plan is a good way to find yourself fighting for things that others want, and not what you want. Do what you can, and what you like, when you can, and when you like, right now.
  • Temporary trumps Permanence– Long-running, durable groups are dangerous. They have a tendency of growing rotten and toxic, and become more interested in maintaining and strengthening the group, as opposed to further the goals the group was originally formed to further. Keep your organizations small, temporary, and dedicated to a concrete purpose.
  • Fight for the Individual, and for Society– Insurrectionists fight to liberate themselves, and for other individuals. However, they recognize that the only way for an individual to be free is from the individual to exist in a society that does not have hierarchy. Do not fight against a specific king- fight against the concept of Kings. Do not fight against a specific boss- fight against the concept of Bosses.
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