Some more ideas on a topic discussed earlier.
Hanging a banner seems more symbolic than actually achieving or enacting any kind of actualized change, though it certainly holds more validity and has more of an immediate impact than smashing something for the sake of smashing something. I’ve long considered it all about numbers. Unless you end up with one of those rare major moments of symbolism from an act committed by a single individual, large numbers are best suited for making use of the always-relevant principle of “propaganda of the deed.” There is a purpose to this, but only when aided through large numbers, as with all those oppressed. History teaches us how “the deed” has been misappropriated or handled very poorly and led only to executions and no actualized change. I suppose this is why the Paris Commune is still symbolic for us of that destination point to be reached, as like a stage part of a bigger blueprint. Too often I meet self-proclaimed anarchists that have read very little about the history and ideas bound with Anarchism and instead focus on something the Greeks were aware of: kleos (e.g. glory). There is something temporarily stimulating and glorious about the implications of tossing a Molotov cocktail into a store with relation to a specific food chain, major or minor, as if to say it acts like - and pardon the inclusion of this - an erection, and this momentary high gives these young but naive individuals a sense of pride based on misguided ideas not appropriated correctly. Strategy seems to elude many of them, making these acts increasingly frustrating and disappointing, but it goes hand in hand with the diminishing of attention spans as of late. Then again, I’m just rambling on about something that remains stagnant, but a time will come when the thoughts shared here and the lessons learned from past anarchist acts will become essential. I bid adieu.