Guerrilla, the ultimate way of resistance

Guerrilla warfare has been successful in many Third World countries. In Western countries it has to be slightly adapted. Safe base areas where the guerrilla can recuperate and plan new actions are not possible.  Guerrilla is the extension of politics by putting direct pressure on the most powerful people, the 1%. (Pressure on politicians, the puppets of the 1% is counter-productive). Most action principles are still valid, I name only a few:
Care for a long series of small victories
Attack incessantly
Have the initiative, we act so they have to react and not we react on what they do.
Use deception when possible
Surprise the enemy
Minimise damage to the 99% 

Simple ideas but they have worked! 

The first Occupy action – the occupation of thousands of squares in the world – was excellent. Surprise and initiative! Most further actions did not comply with guerrilla principles. Without daring and surprising actions in which the damage to the 99% is minimal and the pressure on the 1% maximal, there are no lasting successes. The beginning will be slow but suddenly a next spark can start a prairie fire (Mao Tse-tung). 

Most guerrilla principles were already 2000 years ago written down in ”The Art of War” by Sun Tzu. Not weapons stand central but the strategy. Guerrilla is a political struggle, an action method that can be used by common citizens without any specialisation. Weapons are hardly necessary because a guerrilla in our kind of countries is not a war of a weak army against a strong army. It is a war of attrition against the centres of power, the 1%.   

The guerrilla fighter is primarily a propagandist, an agitator, a disseminator of the revolutionary idea who uses the struggle itself – the actual physical conflict – as an instrument of agitation. His primarily goal is to raise the level of revolutionary anticipation and then of popular anticipation, to the crisis point at which the revolution becomes general throughout the country and the people in their masses carry out the final task – the destruction of the existing order”. (The War of the Flea, Ronald Taber). 

War is too much connected with centralised armies, weapons and lots of violence. A guerrilla is a protracted, dynamic and diffuse War of the Flea by independent Autonomous Clubs undermining the stability of the exclusive eliteworld of the 1%, the highest power in the country. There are no safe base areas in the country side. Activists must be like a fish in the water (Mao Tse-tung) because they are common citizens who can not be distinguished from other common citizens. 

The present activities of Occupy are not sufficient to achieve even small changes, the highest power is not pressured and there is not a long series of small successes. Time to use different action methods.

Joost van Steenis 


About Joost van Steenis

My latest book "How to make Revolution, developing the Fourth People's Power", can be downloaded for free from my site It contains new ideas how to take the money and power away from the most powerful people, the elite. It strives to get a new society in which not money is the pivotal point of all discussions but the idea that all people have the same status. New action means are introduced to reach this paradigm shift (a revolution) that concentrate on direct actions in the living sphere of the elite.
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11 Responses to Guerrilla, the ultimate way of resistance

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  6. Thanks for your nice words Suzie. I recommend as the first book to read my latest book “From Chaos to Change, entering a new era”. Practical action ideas I have written down in my book The Power of the Autonomous Human in which I describe actions I have sometimes participated in. All my books are free to download from my site “Down with elite” Friendly greetings, Joost

  7. I agree with all you say – have read a couple of your articles and joined you facebook page, and now have the intention to reading your books to see what I can do to attack the 1%. Like you and many others, it is obvious that the Occupy Movement has lost the incredible impact and momentum that it had, but not all is lost – we are all looking for ways of joining together and defeating the elites – your work, I believe, may well give us the direction we are looking for. Thank you>

  8. Trev says:

    thanks for the wisdom man, I can see you know what you’re talking about!

    • Thanks for the compliment, I hope that my ideas will be used in the struggle agaisnt the 1%. Occupoy seems to become lost in failing to have one target (the 1%) and a myriad of small actions and successes.

      • Abhi says:

        But the problem with the 99 % is that once they reach in power, a few among them form/join a brand new 1%. That’s what it has happened all over the world since time immemorial. And I would not be frustrated if. they used peaceful tactics (without taking other people, specially innocent people’s, lives). But no, blinded by the ideology, they will kill anyone on the way and once they reach the destiny they just forget their ideology and become a new 1 percent (read all communist movements, they call it revolution though).

      • I agree for the greater part of what you say. It happened in the past after many revolutions that a new 1% arose. So it is necessary that the 99% use two tactics. In the first place the Golden Rule for Actions, damage to the 99% should be minimal and pressure on the 1% maximal. Most actions do not comply with this idea. Some hundreds of 99% were killed in Egypt yesterday in fights between the masses and the security forces, also part of the 99%, while the 1% were not even challenged. See my latest article “The Golden Rule for Actions”

        In the second place all actions should involve some pressure on the 1%. Now most energy of activists is used for awareness actions and protest actions – demonstrations to which nobody listens. The new kind of actions should be special in the sense that they can be used by The People everywhere at any time. Direct actions against the 1%. In the past revolutions the revolutionary spirit was changed from attacks on the top to fights between two armies with a central leadership that became the new 1%. Therefore I often cite Jean-Paul Marat who propagated the formation of Patriotic Clubs (I call them Autonomous Clubs) that do not try to govern but that only control, veto or even punish faulty leaders that threaten the freedom and the well-being of The People. Therefore we need special kind of actions that I now miss. And the enthusiasm of The people is often canalised in favour of a new 1%, friendly in the beginning but soon amassing more and more money for themselves. For Marat I refer to my article “Jean-Paul Marat (1743-1793), Revolutionary

        Indeed new action methods have to be deveopled otherwisae the 1% willconiytinue to riule.

        Joost van Steenis

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