Some Thoughts on Political Tactics, Including Possibly Safety Pins

1) “The policy of letting a hundred flowers bloom and a hundred schools of thought contend is designed to promote the flourishing of the arts and the progress of science.”– Mao. He may not have followed his own damn advice, but I think it is worthwhile nonetheless. Tactics used by some of us do not need to be perfect; they need to work, they need to help, they need to improve matters.

2) It is much easier to wipe out a monoculture than a variegated pattern; if they do not know where the next attack, the next subversion, the next intervention, the next deflection is coming from, the less they can prepare for it.

3) So, donate to Planned Parenthood in Pence’s name. Write your congressfolk. Wear a safety pin, or a BLM shirt. Turn swastikas into Microsoft logos when you see them. Tell racists to shut the fuck up, or tell the people they’re abusing that you’re there for them.

Just do *something*. The more effective strategies will become clear in time, and there is always something new to try.

And if it doesn’t work — do something else. If someone tells you that what you’re doing isn’t helpful — take it into account, without getting offended. Observe and adjust. If one person tells you it isn’t helpful, and it’s helped twenty others — keep doing it.

We cannot let the perfect be the enemy of the good — we have enough enemies as it is.

I started this by quoting Mao; now I’ll quote the KJV : “Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.”

(And yes, to those of you who are coding geeks, this may sound like Agile Revolution. I’ll see you in the scrum, and we’ll keep moving forward.)


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