by Rick Gunderman
Successful revolutionary activism requires the all-around strength and unity of the forces of the people. These forces can be looked at as comprising of three parts, each with its own contributions to make – the masses of people at large, the organized masses in popular, democratic organizations, and the vanguard leadership.
The masses are largely apolitical. They are content to go about their lives without concerning themselves too much with politics, instead limiting themselves to their immediate surrounding and conditions. As such, they are prone to vacillations, supporting whichever idea or person sounds best at the given moment.
The masses of people are mobilized for revolutionary action by campaigns. Petitions, demonstrations, pickets, recreational events, film screenings, pamphleteering, postering – all of these are means by which the masses of people can be injected with revolutionary energy. With this energy, many choose to join mass organizations. Continue reading