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30. We need a people's guerrilla
-- July 16 2012 --
We need a people’s guerrilla
In the last century there was worldwide admiration
for guerrilla actions against seemingly mighty oppressors. But this
admiration is never translated into different tactics in the people’s
struggle against the leading class, the 1%. Mass actions that hardly
have been successful since World War II are still used.
You could suppose it is done
intentionally to keep The People unarmed.
But massive people’s uprisings remained the main weapon of The People.
1848 was followed by the French Commune of 1872 and the Russian and
other revolutions after World War I.
Though the damage to The People was immense the strategy hardly changed.
Leading activists continued to push outlived tactics. That did not
change when guerrilla became more popular.
The Chinese Revolution started
also with mass uprisings but they were soon replaced by guerrilla
tactics under the inspiration of Mao Tse-tung. That seemingly weak
forces could defeat apparently inconvincible forces had a long tradition
The enthusiasm for the successes of the Vietnamese in the guerrilla war
against the Americans
did however hardly influence tactics of people’s resistance in Western
countries. The main tactics remained concentrated on massive people’s
actions and uprisings. Also the activities of the immensely popular Che
Guevara (1928-1967) did not have much influence on tactics in the
struggle of the People against the leading class. Robert Taber wrote in
his book “The War of the Flea” (1969) about the experiences of
Vietnamese and other guerrilla wars after World War II and included the
ideas of Fidel Castro and Che Guevara. The practice of a people’s
guerrilla remained restricted to small groups that did not succeed to
achieve the participation of a substantial part of the population in the
The necessary condition that
activists must be like a fish in the water (Mao Tse-tung) was not worked
The developing strategy and
tactics of the army and the police in defending the existing society
made the old tactics of massive people’s uprisings nearly obsolete. Only
in some places in the world with vast jungles and/or weak governments (
Western countries not only mass uprisings but also the old (Chinese,
Vietnamese or Cuban) guerrilla tactics have become useless. There are
hardly safe areas where the guerrilla can recuperate and organise the
The basic ideas for a guerrilla written down by Sun Tzu, Von Clausewitz
and Taber can still be used.
A constant undermining of the enemy with harassing techniques will in
the end lead to the collapse of the old regime. As Robert Taber says:
guerrilla fights the war of the flea, and his military enemy suffers the
dog's disadvantages: too much to defend; too small, ubiquitous, and
agile an enemy to come to grips with."
Guerrilla tactics – I prefer the term “War of the Flea”
– are the best means of The People to exert power also because damage to
the 99% is minimised and pressure on the 1% maximised. Though the
writings of Sun Tzu and Von Clausewitz were in the first place intended
for use by armies, the ideas can also be used by The People. To achieve
real and lasting successes The People should wage a guerrilla war,
harassing the enemy by many small actions and exhausting their
It is time that the admiration for the successes of guerrilla warfare in the last century is translated into action methods that can be used in the present century. Partial successes that never can be achieved by mass actions will increase the enthusiasm of The People and will in the long term care for it that a new society is born in which decisions are not based on money but on the idea that all people have the same status.
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