Actions should have success. When there are no successes, many activists stop being active and action groups disappear. During my sixty years of experience in the action world many groups only existed a few years. The police control better and more systematically people with opposite views. This is not caused by common police-officers who fight with demonstrators but by high-placed police-officers who are seldom targeted by activists. Successes of actions that involve fights with the police are rare. It is a reason to stop these fights and direct all power of action groups against people who order common officers to hit activists.
The same can be said of street actions against fascists. The damage to people belonging to the 99% are great and successes very small. We should obey the Golden Rule for Actions that states that damage to the 99% should be minimal and pressure on the 1% ever increasing. But there are hardly any actions against powerful people who control the masses for their own benefit.
Most actions take place in town centres where top-people hardly come or in front of buildings where decisions seem to be taken. But buildings do not take decisions while people who do take decisions are not directly pressured by activists.
Actions to stop the building of oil-pipelines are also nearly always without success. The pipes can be fairly easily be defended by the police and the people who plan, finance, build and exploit the lines are never touched by any action. Again successes are rare and damage to the 99% sometimes quite impressive.
The activists world should change. Past actions have hardly contributed anything to improve the life of the 99%. Successes were rare and the 1% became richer and more powerful. Activists should think how actions could become more successful and less damaging for the 99%. The people who took wrong decisions could undisturbed continue taking wrong decisions. Now activists are mostly angry people who take part in actions that only damage the 99% and do not stop any wrong decision.
The Black Panthers were in the beginning inspiring and had some success though colour-discrimination still exist. But after a short time they did not continue to use these inspiring ideas, became damaged by the authorities and started to fade away. Top-people who promoted discrimination by for example not giving enough money to schools in black neighbourhoods never were a target. Many blacks continued to have a bad education. By pressuring top-people who take wrong decisions with flash-attacks successes grow and damage to the own people becomes minimal.
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