#53: Red Sky, Black Snake: Eight Strategic Theses from Standing Rock
(06/27/2022) In celebration of the anniversary of the killing of Custer, to prepare for revolutionary efforts against the theocratic authoritarian regime which has taken over the US, and in hopes of a holy war against the forces that are destroying life on earth, Arnold describes lessons learned at, or illustrated by, the pipeline struggle of 2016-7 at Standing Rock. When moments of uprising occur, how do we gain the organization necessary for our strategies and tactics to evolve faster than those of the police? For as much as the police will inevitably surveil us, do they really have any idea what they're looking at? What is pipeline construction like? When is it time to concentrate, when is it time to disperse, and how do we coordinate diffuse conflicts? Is there an optimum of risk and difficulty for protest to progress into revolution? Are trainings, so often eschewed by more radical movement elements, the best way to organize people? These are some of the questions we ask in this episode.
Further reference for episode 53:
Anonymous (but actually Arnold Schroder). (2017) Teaching Revolution: What Role for "Direct Action Training"? https://itsgoingdown.org/teaching-revolution-role-direct-action-training/
Black Elk. (1932) Black Elk Speaks: Being the Life Story of a Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux, As told through John G. Neihardt (Flaming Rainbow). University of Nebraska Press.
Unicorn Riot. (2017) Black Snake Killaz: A #NODAPL Story. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dWeg_jHdK0
Image from Black Snake Killaz.