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strategy-iconThe section provides articles on strategy to assist you in making your campaigns more effective. They include case studies of social movements and information about the current resistance environment. Visit the Resources Page for links to organizations that provide both online and in-person training on strategy and tools for designing and evaluating your campaigns and actions.

Nine Reasons Why There Was No People’s Rebellion Against A Fascist President

By Paul Street, Counterpunch. -

Last Friday’s New York Times included Paul Krugman’s elementarily accurate editorial observation that “Donald Trump…is indeed a fascist – an authoritarian willing to use violence to achieve his racial nationalist goals. So are many of his [...]

Lessons From A Decade Of Student Activism In The UK

By Hector Rios-Jara, ROAR Magazine. -

Ten years ago, tens of thousands of students flooded the streets of London protesting against fees, cuts and demanding free public education in the biggest student demonstration in British history. They took over the Conservative Party [...]

Lessons From The Attack On The US Capitol

By Phil Wilayto, Popular Resistance. -

What happened Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol was a violent takeover of Congress by a fascist mob, not a “protest by Trump supporters.” And, although five people died and there were more than 50 arrests, it’s obvious to the wide public that these [...]

Patriarchy And The Pandemic

By Surangya, People's Dispatch. -

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it agonizingly clear that the systems under which we are living were already broken. The pandemic has only exacerbated the crisis of the capitalist system and removed any illusions about this reality. However, the [...]

We Are Living In An Emergency That Requires Urgent Action

By Vijay Prashad and Noam Chomsky, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. -

Large parts of the world – outside of China and a few other countries – face a runaway virus, which has not been stopped because of criminal incompetence by governments. That these governments in wealthy countries cynically set aside the basic [...]

How Activists Shut Down Key Pipeline Projects In New York

By Greta Moran, Grist. -

If all had gone according to plan, the Constitution pipeline would be carrying fracked gas 124 miles from the shale gas fields of Pennsylvania through streams, wetlands, and backyards across the Southern Tier of New York until west of Albany. [...]

A Critique Of The Rank-And-File Strategy

By Jason Koslowski, Left Voice. -

Kim Moody first gave a systematic statement of the “rank-file strategy” in a working paper for the socialist organization Solidarity in 2000. Since then he has kept on refining it, such as in 2017’s On New Terrain and in more recent essays. The [...]

The Best Way To Fight Neofascist Republicans Is To Fight Neoliberal Democrats

By Norman Solomon, Reader Supported News. -

The threat of fascism will hardly disappear when Donald Trump moves out of the White House in two weeks. On Capitol Hill, the Republicans who’ve made clear their utter contempt for democracy will retain powerful leverage over the U.S. [...]

The Political Lessons Of The Pandemic

By Joseph Kishore and David North, WSWS. -

1. As the New Year begins, the COVID-19 pandemic continues to sweep across the globe. This is a world crisis of vast historical significance. The pandemic is a “trigger event” that manifests in a highly concentrated form the contradictions of [...]

The Future Will Only Contain What We Put Into It Now

By Vijay Prashad, Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research. -

At Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research, we take the UN Charter as the foundation of our work. To advance its goals is an essential step for the construction of humanity, which is a concept of aspiration rather than a concept of fact; [...]

In A Crisis, A Compromise Solution Is Worse Than No Solution At All

By Ted Rall, Counterpunch. -

The raging argument on the left between progressives who argue for radical change and centrists who advocate incrementalism is hardly new. Nearly a century ago, progressive titan and Wisconsin governor Robert La Follette and FDR were often at [...]

The Activist Roots Of Black Feminist Theory

By Linda Burnham, Organizing Upgrade. -

The idea that race, class and gender are interrelated dynamics of power and oppression has gained sufficient currency in the academic world to go by the shorthand “intersectionality,” or “intersection theory.” But the origins of contemporary [...]

The Year That Labor Hung On By Its Fingertips

By Hamilton Nolan, In These Times. -

Broad­ly speak­ing, there have been two very large labor sto­ries this year. The first is, ​“I have been forced into unem­ploy­ment due to the pan­dem­ic, and I am scared.” And the sec­ond is, ​“I have been forced to con­tin­ue work­ing dur­ing [...]

What We Have Here Is A Failure To Negotiate

By Richard Moser, Counterpunch. -

The first and worst failure to do a damn thing for the working class was the multi-trillion-dollar corporate bailout of the CARES Act. If you walk into the first bargaining session with the bosses and give them everything they want, throw a few [...]

There Is No Vaccine For Climate Catastrophe

By Nicholas Loubere, ROAR Magazine. -

The destruction wrought by COVID-19 represents an unprecedented crisis in recent history, yet it somehow feels eerily familiar. This is because the pandemic has mirrored many of the dynamics of the climate crisis, but on an extremely compressed [...]