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The Resistance Must Maintain a Decentralized Element (english)
by Stephen DeVoy
Email: SRDeVoy (nospam) aol.com
25 Jan 2003
Modified: 06:33:35 PM
Recent developments in the movement reveal a concerted attempt by established "dissenters" to assume leadership of the movement. This is to be expected.
The Resistance Must Maintain a Decentralized Element
Author: Stephen DeVoy
January 25, 2003
Recent developments in the movement reveal a concerted attempt by
established "dissenters" to assume leadership of the movement.
This is to be expected. The established "opposition," like all
existing entities, struggles to survive and takes whatever steps are necessary
to ensure its position. The established "opposition" has never,
however, achieved the goal of revolution, nor do they seek it. The
established "opposition" retains the power and influence it has
specifically because of its relationship with the current system. The
established "opposition" survives and thrives only through maintaining
the current social tension, not by resolving the tension through victory.
By the established "opposition" I speak of individuals such as
Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and organizations connected to the Democratic
Party. These elements of "opposition" desperately wish to be
seen as voices of the Resistance. They are within their rights to seek
such positions. There is nothing we can do to stop them. In fact,
they will play an important, but not essential, role in overcoming the
Many individuals will flock to their organized resistance. We should
not attempt to stop them. Lenin pointed out the usefulness of such
individuals. Indeed, they are useful, provided they are not, in fact, the
real power behind change.
The real power behind change, however, lies with the individual and small
aggregations of individuals. Most of us do not ascribe to all of the
beliefs, goals, and methods of the established "opposition." The
Resistance is not a political party. The Resistance does not represent an
ideology. The Resistance is a movement directed against the fascist
revolution led by the neo-con Bush Regime. As such, the Resistance
includes the usual opponents of fascism: Anarchists, Liberals, Communists, and
Socialists. But this is not the whole resistance nor should it be.
The Resistance includes among its members devoted Christians, Jews, Muslims,
Buddhists, Hindus, Conservatives, Libertarians, and Constitutionalists.
Submerging the Resistance into the movement of established
"opposition" will destroy the Resistance. We need all stripes of
Rebels to bring down the Fascist Occupational Government. We do not need
to alienate those who are not naturally part of the established
"opposition." Quite the contrary, we need to bring them into the
This is not a call for uniformity of position. Societies work best
when many voices are heard. The oppressed Christian, Jew, Muslim,
Libertarian, Conservative have as much to lose under the Fascist Occupational
Government as does the oppressed Liberal, Socialist, or Anarchist. All of
these voices should continue. All of these voices should continue to speak
to their concerns and within their groups. However, in the effort to
oppose the Fascist Occupational Government, the Resistance should not see itself
as an organization with specific leaders. It should see itself as a
decentralized movement derived from smaller acts of defiance which occasionally
brings itself together to fight in unity against the fascist revolution.
When it brings itself together in this way, the diverse stripes of resistance
should not be exploited by the "leaders" of the established
"opposition." They should not be used to magnify, in the eyes of
the media, the causes slipped in under the table by the established
"opposition" when they stand at the podium before people who neither
elected them or ascribe to their beliefs.
This humble member of the Resistance suggests the following:
Engage in individual acts of defiance.
Organize events with your natural comrades. If you are a
Christian, hold a Christian rally in opposition to the fascist regime.
If you are a Muslim, hold an Islamic rally in opposition to the fascist
Attend rallies opposed to the fascist regime sponsored by coalitions,
even if you do not agree with their whole platform. Support their
specific calls for resistance against the Bush Regime. However, do not
lend your voice to causes with which you disagree. We must all respect
the right to voice support only for those whom we support. We must
respect the rights of those who do not share in our specific agenda to not
join us in acclamation of values and positions with which they disagree.
If you feel strongly about something, speak out. Begin to engage
the traditional method of "rabble rousing" that has fallen to the
way side in the age of greater conformity. Bring a soap box or
stool. Stand upon it. Speak your thoughts and let those who agree
with you gather around. Our rallies should not be monolithic tirades by
established "leaders" only. The many voices, even the small,
should have the opportunity to speak and rally their own flavor of the call to
Above all, remember that you are an individual, not a tool to be wielded
in pursuit of the agenda of individuals who make their living acting as though
they seek change, when, in fact, they depend upon the maintenance of the
The essential thing to remember is that progress cannot be made until a
free and open society is restored. All issues involving the individual agendas
of the divergent components of the Resistance cannot succeed until the fascist
revolution is defeated. Only by working towards this singular goal, the
destruction of the fascist revolution, will be create the space where our divergent
agendas will become relevant.
decentralized and ubiquitous! (english)
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25 Jan 2003
agree with your recommendations 100%
indeed, one needs to be sanguine and know that the organized "dissenters" will remain the focus of attention while decentralized masses can appear everywhere like an amoeba.
get on your soapbox! talk to your neighbors, leave flyers at the laundromat, and please ask people to shut off CNN and tune in to indymedia.
one comment: in my view, those who know that the current Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld actions are intolerable, fascistic, insane, and completely oppose their policies, should make it clear that we are NOT advocating armed rebellion, revolution, treason, or destruction - we are DEMANDING that the constitution of the United States be upheld, that our civil rights be protected, the international law be honored, that respect for all nations and peoples be enshrined in our policies and that the United States must EARN its leadership in the world by example of humanitarian deeds, not mindless destruction, greed, and oppression.