Direct action, protests, and movements

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MH
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Mar 23 2004 23:21
Direct action, protests, and movements

Over the last few days Bristol Indymedia has been filled with reports & comments on various actions - both informally organised direct action in the form of sabotage (2 petrol stations locked down temporarily and a TA centre attacked), a formally organised critical mass, and a central Bristol anti-war 'demo' on the Saturday.

This has led to discussion around the validity of the various forms of direct action taken, and how this relates to the development of a progressive movement ( circle A in my opinion) for change ie do such actions alienate or enthuse passive sections of the public? When passive marching fails (as it has done) to stop the war, should we move to more direct, property damage/sabotage type tactics? Or should we perhaps spend more time reaching out to the passive public to explain our ideas & beliefs to build a stonger movement before resorting to more direct tactics (in the sense that a weak movement is isolated and incapable of defending itself from the state's attacks)? What do you think direct ation is - a specialist tactic for the activist few, or a mass tactic available in our daily lives to solve everyday problems.....as well as stopping the war? What do you think?

The debate on Indymedia has been varied, largely because many posts come from hand-wringing liberals or probable Daily Mail & Sun readers. It is not possible to debate the development of a potentially revolutionary movement with such types, which is one of the problems of 'debating' on the Bristol Indymedia newswire.

It would be good to see activists in Bristol use the enrager forums to debate these issues with the distractions of reformists and right-wingers.

So - any comments/debaters out there? smile

Mayler
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Mar 24 2004 11:46

we a are a small minority of the population, the reason being that the corporate press does not report the real geopolitical situation.

( in summary-western democracies are led by a self interested elite under a figleaf of democracy- the rise of the fundamentalist right in the US is a terrifying and meglomanic venture www.newamericancentury.org- and the oil that keeps the insane juggernaught rolling is about to run out www.lifeaftertheoilcrash.net)

The process must be to educate each other first - otherwise direct action becomes a 'vanguard' activity.

MH
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Mar 25 2004 00:58

Hi Mayler - but what is direct action?And doesn't particpating in it form part of one's education?

For my thoughts on DA see the post I put on the newswire on 23 March under 'anarchist movement.