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Monday, June 21, 2010

Coercive Games

The latest from John Robb's Global Guerillas:

Here's a bit of fun thinking about combining protest, games, and open source movements into a potent coercive tool for non-violent protest (in a post-Ghandi world). It's just some ideas that may or may not be of interest.

Traditional non-violent protest is dead as a means of reversing bad organizational behavior. It's so easily ignored in a media saturated environment and the methods of controlling and marginalizing it have become easy and widely practiced (from "free speech zones" to non-lethal weapons to crowdsourced identification of protesters). Further, shame doesn't work anymore as a means of dissuasion. Given these impediments, the revival of protest means rethinking how it is used as a coercive tool. It means going beyond attrition (boycotts, physical damage, etc.) and moral suasion (signage, marches, etc.) and into the realm of systemic disruption. Here's one approach.

In most large traditional organizations, whether they be corporations or bureaucracies, decision making is dominated by a small number of very powerful people protected by a phalanx of senior specialists. They are not democracies. Yet, in modern western societies, this elite group and their specialists are able to dissociate themselves from jobs when it comes to their private lives. They live unencumbered within our impersonal society. This window of vulnerability creates a yawning opportunity for innovative forms of disruptive non-violent protest. One that pierces the organizational and societal veil of anonymity for these individuals by turning them into systempunkts (vulnerable nodes within the targeted organization's network that would cause the most damage if disrupted)...

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3 Comments:

Blogger Wyn Boniface said...

They are seizing control of the net. This will not work once they have done this . . . New avenues are required. Unless you are going to support hacking. Hapa punches through the Chicom firewall everyday to communicate with us. But what the FCC and FTC want is worse then their firewall. How to disrupt this is the big question.

June 22, 2010 at 6:28 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Aren't we already doing this?

June 22, 2010 at 8:22 PM  
Anonymous R.A.H. said...

To Hell with "non-violence."

Anyone who still thinks we're getting over this orchestrated demise of Liberty without bloodshed is dreaming, and likely not prepared to die for the cause they so ardently espouse.

Every damned day one can read in these pages of a new and ever more egregious affront to Liberty than the the accumulation of the Intolerable Acts of the last 150 years. There seems to be no end to the "tolerance" even of would be Patriots.

Just what does constitute Casus Belli?

The death of Freedom of Speech?

After that, nothing else matters... not the niceties of "moral high ground," certainly. "They" do not have to fire the first shot, commit the "first" atrocity (are you kidding me?).

They have only to be allowed to proceed as they are doing, removing all means of "peaceful" redress of grievance while destroying the economics and the identity of the Nation.

Boots and saddles.....

Jon

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June 25, 2010 at 5:24 AM  

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