I agree, it has to start somewhere. Small acts of sabotage can inspire others to follow suit.
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.
The thing is, though, there isn’t much difference between “individual” violence and “class” violence. Even if one particular action was taken by an individual or small affinity group, we can’t isolate it from the larger struggle, because that would defeat the entire purpose of insurrectionary methods. Yes, it starts with small groups and individuals, but the point is to deepen the conflict and spread it into a mass upheaval.
July 13, 2012