There are times when it is necessary to fight against things that have become so wrong that they should no longer be. Things that were once small that have become big, but are no less wrong, must be made small again; a revolution, or a complete circle, is needed. Whether you want your brother to stop giving you wedgies, or you want to overthrow a repressive government, every fight is the same. A revolution (from the Latin revolutio, “a turnaround”) is a significant change that usually occurs in a short period of time. Revolutions have happened throughout human history and vary widely in terms of methods, duration, motivating ideology, and the number of participating revolutionaries. Their results include major changes in culture, economy, and socio-political institutions.
- Educate yourself and others about every aspect of the idea of the revolution; what and why this fight must happen and how it can be won. Identify the goals and the most efficient means of achieving them without compromise. Appreciate and respect a diversity of tactics. The revolution must be directed towards making things better. This is what is called a “positive vector”.
- Understand that one of the most important aspects of a revolution is that the people are angry. However, the cause for anger ought to be of true convictions, and in their anger there must also be discipline to their cause.
- Put together intentions which must be very popular among the population. It must aim towards the improvement of certain aspects of society, economics, culture, or any other aspects of a social group. Appreciate and respect a diversity of tactics.
- Find like-minded people who are ready for action. Set up a field of communication. You must be led by a charismatic leader in a non-hierarchical group in which all voices are equally heard and respected.
- Avoid an aggressive revolution. Violence should be minimal.
- Work for collective liberation, because everyone’s liberation is tied to each other’s. If we are going to be free, we all need to be free.
- Demonstrate the popularity of the movement to the people of power, legislature, and military. The greater the popularity among the society reduces the likelihood of violence.
- Realize that a drastic political or social revolution is almost always about freedom. In general, revolutions are about major changes in some aspect of society. A peaceful revolution requires solidarity and agreement.
- To be successful, you need to be totally committed; compromise is failure.
- Keep your eye on the ‘big picture.’ Don’t drown yourself in the details.
- Take input from others. Revolution can’t happen because of just one person, don’t be vanguard or a vigilante.
- You will benefit no one if you are just attempting to consolidate power for yourself or gain recognition.
- Violent revolutions only happen when people of power attack the movement. The deaths of leaders and inspirational figures can spark a massive uprising. Once again, the greater the popularity – the less possible violence.
- For some slightly outdated but still useful information on revolution, read Abbie Hoffman’s “Steal This Book.” Or, for more modern text, try stealthiswiki.org
- Read about Ernesto “Che” Guevara and his book “Guerrilla Warfare” (“La Guerra de guerrillas”, 1960) and others great revolutionaries.
- A revolution is not about you, it’s about everyone collectively. Do not try to take fame.
- Like in many revolutions in the past, you could be killed in war, attack, assassination, become a prisoner, be tortured, and any other atrocities committed by people of power who are protecting their interests.
- Never let the purpose of the revolution be led by the will of a single person or group; adherents must be ruled only by their cause.
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