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(en) Strategy of Burning River* Revolutionary Anarchist Collective (FRAC member)

From <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(http://www.burningrivercollective.org/strategy.html)
Date Tue, 22 Jun 2004 18:20:56 +0200 (CEST)

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Unity in strategy is key for any revolutionary organization to
succeed. The essence of any strategy should be the attempted
answering of three main questions: 1) What kind of world do we
live in? 2) What kind of world do we want to live in? and 3) How
to we get from the way the world is to the way we want it to be?
The general answers to the first two questions are found in our
Platform/Points of Unity. There we describe, purposefully brief
and open to expansion, the way the world is and a vision of a
world worth fighting for. This section is our general answer to
begin getting to that point.

A. Radicalizing Local Movements
If we are to be successful in our endeavor to spread the theory
and practice of revolutionary anarchism we must have a coherent
strategy that can tap into popular movements, community
organizing, mass demonstrations and upheavals. This strategy
can only be successful if it is coordinated amongst the anarchist
cadre and takes on a consistent, principled, and dedicated

By consistent we mean that we will have certain members who
take part in certain organizations’ work on a long term basis,
that members will do regular political work rather than the
occasional or sporadic approach, and that the organization as a
whole will constantly attend speakers, forums, protests, rallies,
etc. to show support, build our popular movements, and promote
revolutionary anarchism as a viable alternative to the current

B. Working With and Amongst Oppressed People
It is essential that we build primarily with people who are
objectively oppressed in this society and who have very little
reason to see capitalism and the state exist. This includes various
sections of the population and is most represented in the ghettoes
and barrios of northeast Ohio. We must build our support base in
these areas as much as possible by following the idea of the late
Kwame Nkrumah who suggested that revolutionaries live
amongst the oppressed, learn from them, and build with them
rather than for (charity) them.

This does not mean that we should avoid or ignore work amongst
all those who are willing to work with us as revolutionary
anarchists. But, as a strategy, it means that we prioritize building
resistance with the most objectively oppressed groups in this

C. Spreading Revolutionary Anarchism
The power of knowledge should never be underestimated. While
there are literally millions of people within the U.S. who have
nothing but disdain for capitalism and the state, that is not
enough. It is fundamental that we spread the idea and possibility
of a world without oppression in concrete terms and well thought
out ways. There are two primary ways this can be done:

1. Educational Materials. This includes flyers, newspapers, and
all literature. This includes the distribution of the anarchist paper,
Onward, building a revolutionary anarchist distro, and the
continuance and expansion of our monthly study group sessions.
2. Personal Discussion. This includes informal discussions with
groups and/or individuals, formal discussions at open forums and
events, speaking engagements, rallies, etc.

D. Internationalism
Revolutions, especially those in imperialist nations, that truly
wish to fundamentally take on exploitation and injustice must be
internationalist in character. Internationalism requires us to work
in solidarity with international struggles for liberation, seek out
and work with international revolutionary anarchist and liberatory
forces, and constantly interject the importance of a global
understanding in all areas of society and struggle.

E. Building Counter-Institutions
The final facet to our strategy is attempting to create
counter-institutions to meet the material needs and revolutionary
desires of people in ways that emulate revolutionary anarchism.
This may include food and clothing centers, housing, bookstores,
community centers and more.
* Burning River Revolutionary Anarchist Collective - www.burningrivercollective.org
Federation of Revolutionary Anarchist Collectives - Great Lakes Region - www.frac.ws

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