Sunday, July 30, 2006

Strategy and Tactics

Those of us with political experience know that things are rarely what they seem; hence the insistence on investigative research applicable to popular education in turn useful for community organizing and action on vital social issues.

There is of course a place for strategic reflection, but only after intervening in social conflict. While you're in the thick of battle, tactical considerations take precedence, which is why the caliber of research is so important. If your initial estimate of the situation is wrong, then you'll either fail to convince others, wrongly persuade them to follow you into folly, or suffer disastrous defeat.

Research can be gathered fairly quickly with adequate resources; education and organizing are painstakingly slow processes, but worth the effort. One can build an organization without them, but not a social movement.

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