3 Requirements of a Revolution
A movement is only successful if it starts with an idea that is strong enough to take root in the mind of the population and inspires and motivates people to spread it. It is possible for a diverse and divided people to form a coalition in times of great need and unify around an idea, but it only works if that idea meets the following 3 requirements:
1. It must articulate a clear and defined common interest which will allow the people to work together. The necessity for unification even if that unification is temporary needs to be evident to all stakeholders and must be accompanied by a sense of urgency which impels people to reach out to others in their community and spread the idea.
2. A clear vision of what you’re working towards. What are you going to replace the current system with? Ironing out the fine details isn’t actually productive. What’s needed is a broad and abstract vision based on principles. In human societies, extreme and abrupt changes are usually destructive. All efforts must be made to retain social stability and this means steering clear of any sort of utopian fantasies. The time to rewire humanity is NOT during a period crisis. Historically such attempts usually end in tragedy.
3. A plan of action, and a clear understanding of the rules of engagement.
3 Pillars of Power
Some think of revolution in terms of bullets and bombs, but this is a misconception. Revolutions are about pulling the pillars of power out from underneath the state one by one until it falls. The state leans on three primary pillars of power:
1. Control of the group mind, ideas, and beliefs.
2. The control of money, finance and thereby human activity.
3. The monopoly on violence, and the use of intimidation to extract obedience by fear.
There are three stages of the revolution and they’re sequential, and correlate directly with the three pillars of power:
1. The Ideological Revolution. This where we undermine the belief systems which support their control. This where we systematically erode at their illusion of legitimacy; their aura of power. We expose these criminals for the scoundrels that they are and we inspire discontent among those who the state depends on for its functioning. If you’re new to this, welcome to the party. It’s already in full swing, and guess what, we’re winning. The powers that be have lost control of the dialogue, and they know it.
2. Strategic Non-Compliance/Defiance. This can take many forms and multiple approaches can be used at the same time. The goal here is to interrupt the chain of obedience for as long as possible, as many times as possible, to publicize that interruption on as large a scale as possible, to document the police and or military brutality that follows and to distribute that footage far and wide. The purpose of this is to damage the ruling party’s image because power is all about image; it’s all smoke and mirrors. Once that image starts to break down this inspires others to disobey, monkey see, monkey do, and when this catches on and contagion sets in it becomes a force of nature, like a tidal wave. It’s all about reaching critical mass. What’s crucial to understand here is that revolutions are almost entirely psychological in nature. In this context building confidence is the most important element. Therefore, it is better to do small successful operations and build up from there, than it is to start with large high stake events.
3. Remove the State’s ability to control the police and military. This is when the people have built the necessary momentum to take the monopoly on violence out of the hands of the current regime. In the best of circumstances such a transition can be relatively peaceful, but this only possible when a significant portion of the police and military have taken the side of the people. The police and military are the enforcement arm of the state and without them, the powers that be have no power at all. Faltering governments almost always resort to brutal repression to attempt to stay in power, but this is often a fatal error. Even one refusal to follow an immoral order can set off a chain reaction that destroys the illusion of authority that they so carefully cultivate. Once that happens, it’s game over.