Tips for Radicals

Aiming to be a "blog of the gaps" to cover things that other radical blogs often miss — what we want, our journey there, and issues along the way.

To help you searching the blog, I use the following tags to categorise posts:

  • theory - ways of structuring the world
  • strategy - plans to achieve the theories
  • tools - specific ways to (help) achieve the strategy
  • tips - advice that could help you in your life and action
  • examples and analysis of existing campaigns

For more info, see the about this blog page.

Please send in your own blog posts, links, comments, or article ideas either as a submission or an ask - always welcome.
"if you don't have a strategy, you're part of someone else's strategy."
– a. toffler

"What can we do today, so that tomorrow we can do what we are unable to do today?"
– Paulo Freire


I also run a more scatter-shot blog full of incoherent rants and tumblr arguments. Sorry about that.

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"The real problem is too much talk about how racist I am"
Another addition to the privilege mega-posting tackles an argument made sadly frequently (e.g. in the book Nowtopia) – basically, blaming “privilege theory”/”privilege analysis” for everything that goes wrong with anything ever.
There’s no doubt that some radical groups use privilege badly as a tool. There’s no doubt that some radicals solely focus their privilege lens on individual actions at the expense of wider systemic analysis.
BUT if a group breaks down because they spent too much time analysing the white privilege dynamics in their group, and the dominance of the group by white people, what’s to blame – the privilege analysis, or the group’s racism?
It’s easy to say that people should just “acknowledge” bigotry then move on to “work together to make things better”. Saying people should just put microaggressions aside is easy to say if you’re not the one facing them.
"Potential alliances" aren’t undercut by privilege analyses; alliances never form because some people are too blinded by their own privileged outlook on the world that they refuse to accept another’s worldview.
A lack of strategy is sadly universal
Assigning a causal relationship between “used privilege as a tool” and “group didn’t win a revolution” is really fucking baseless. Lots of groups don’t have good long-term strategies, but that’s nothing to do with privilege and everything to do with a mindset of immediacy. If you’re claiming otherwise, you better have some damn proof.

"The real problem is too much talk about how racist I am"

Another addition to the privilege mega-posting tackles an argument made sadly frequently (e.g. in the book Nowtopia) – basically, blaming “privilege theory”/”privilege analysis” for everything that goes wrong with anything ever.

There’s no doubt that some radical groups use privilege badly as a tool. There’s no doubt that some radicals solely focus their privilege lens on individual actions at the expense of wider systemic analysis.

BUT if a group breaks down because they spent too much time analysing the white privilege dynamics in their group, and the dominance of the group by white people, what’s to blame – the privilege analysis, or the group’s racism?

It’s easy to say that people should just “acknowledge” bigotry then move on to “work together to make things better”. Saying people should just put microaggressions aside is easy to say if you’re not the one facing them.

"Potential alliances" aren’t undercut by privilege analyses; alliances never form because some people are too blinded by their own privileged outlook on the world that they refuse to accept another’s worldview.

A lack of strategy is sadly universal

Assigning a causal relationship between “used privilege as a tool” and “group didn’t win a revolution” is really fucking baseless. Lots of groups don’t have good long-term strategies, but that’s nothing to do with privilege and everything to do with a mindset of immediacy. If you’re claiming otherwise, you better have some damn proof.