marxmaterialized replied to your post: I really disagree with smashing windows. If you smash a Starbucks window, it’s hardly gonna affect the Starbucks corporation, but it will scare (and possibly hurt) the baristas inside. Same with smashing store windows, all you’re really harming are the minimum wage cashiers and workers.Individual violence is a terrible tactic. It only discourages class action on the part of the proletariat. However, mass violence as a class is extremely valuable. We can’t be passive in the flimsy name of peace and let our oppressors win.
I disagree, I think that actions of individuals can be quite inspiring, following the anarchist tactic of Propaganda of the Deed. Look at the KKE members who hung revolutionary banners from the acropolis in Greece, or the weathermen, who had thousands of young people who supported them and their actions.
But I definitely think it is not the most effective of tactics, and we need to have a diversity.
Those are quite different though to individual violence though. Propaganda of the deed is actually a very good tool and I support it wholeheartedly, but you have to take it on a case-by-case basis.
In the case of smashing a coffee chain’s window, it really isn’t going to affect the bourgeois that much. But hanging a massive ass banner from the top of government buildings? Spot on.
I agree, we have to look at it from a case to case basis. But propaganda of the deed is a good tactic to use. And we need to use it whenever we can.