Rules for Radicals. Never go outside the experience of your people

Saul Alinsky

Never go outside the experience of your people. When an action or tactic is outside the experience of the people, the result is confusion, fear, and retreat. It also means a collapse of communication, as we have noted –  Saul Alinsky – Rules for Radicals

My experience probably isn’t your experience. We need many groups and organizations applying pressure against Trump. Some will be in the streets, others working with NGOs, lobbyists, pressure groups. Still others could specialize in mass letter-writing and phone-calling campaigns to legislators, because this apparently does have an effect. There are multiple ways to oppose Trump.

People should do what they are comfortable doing. Some have no problem being in the streets confronting racist counter-protesters. (I’ve done this.) Others will prefer working behind the scenes blocking legislation, things like that. And of course, donating to and getting involved with organizations like ACLO, EFF, SPLC, etc. can also be hugely effective.

All of this implies there will be groups with plans, goals, and leaders. Forget leaderless resistance. It’s a quaint fantasy that only possibly works in you are deep underground. Nationwide mass protest needs leaders. Someone has to be in charge. Join a group you like. Become a leader, if you want. Determine what your group wants to do and what is within your experience. Then do it.

Do what you are comfortable doing. Build on that as the group gets more confidence.

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