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The Case For National-Anarchist Entryism by Troy Southgate
Entrytism is the name given to the process of entering or infiltrating bona fide organisations, institutions and political parties with the intention of either gaining control of them for our own ends, misdirecting or disrupting them for our own purposes or converting sections of their memberships to our cause.
This tactic has already been used sccessfully by the Militant Tendency in Liverpool, which managed to gain control of the Labour Party in that city and ended up effectively running Liverpool itself. Decades of postering and paper sales will not get us into that position and, if we continue down the road of street activism alone, at best we shall recruit a decent activist from time to time in order to replace those who retire or drop out. In effect, we will retain our current strength. It is also possible that we could decline to a position where it is no longer viable to continue the struggle. Entryism, therefore, is vital for the continuation and longevity of our cause and from it comes the only possible chance of victory. Look at it this way: much of what passes for the Far Left has no viable ideology, it has nothing to say and its ideas are completely unworkable. Yet it has influence. This influence is partly due to organisational strategy. On the other hand, we have good ideas and very little influence whatsoever. This can only be the result of poor tactical organisation and weak strategy. Therefore what is required is an adoption of the kind of strategy which, up to now, has been used by the Left.
So how do we pursue entryism? Firstly, it takes the right kind of person or group to engage in this kind of work. What we require are intelligent individuals who are familiar with National-Anarchist ideas and look the part. Normally, these people would be under the direction of a more experienced cadre, but this is not essential as long as they know what they are doing. Not everyone is suited to this kind of work, however, because individuals who have a high profile or a past history of street activism must be excluded. People who have blown their cover, so to speak, are really no use to us in this regard. Secondly, the target organisation must be chosen very carefully. The way to do this is to choose any number of active organisations in a given locality and visit them all over a period of time, if possible with different activists. It is often the case that individuals already active with one organisation will also be members of a number of other groups in the area, and we do not want to draw attention to ourselves at this early stage. Once the information has been gathered, you will know which organisation has the most potential.
So what are we looking for? Any organisation with a weak, apathetic or elderly leadership. An organisation that has a youth section or youthful membership; groups that contain middle-aged, middle-class or self-satisfied individuals are no use to us. What we need is an organisation that has idealists, people motivated by ideology and an organisation that has – or could have – some form of influence, given the right leadership, in the community.
Once the target has been chosen, get one or two people to join through the usual channels (i.e. membership forms, invitations to meetings etc.). Appear keen, but not over keen and keep your politics to yourself. Show interest. If you are asked to do anything then do it diligently, work hard. Be courteuous, pleasant, cultivate relationships and make friends. By all means have an opinion, but keep your politics to yourself. Let some time elapse, perhaps six months or a year, and then get more of our people to join. You were already friends, so it will not arouse suspicion when you associate together. You will take the credit for bringing extra people on board and increasing the organisation’s membership. Leave it for another six months, possibly more, and then begin to turn up the heat.
Single out those individuals who may be more sympathetic towards National-Anarchist ideas and start to work on them. Slowly, quietly and with a degree of subtlety. Do not arouse suspicion, make friends with those concerned and arrange to meet him or her outside of the organisation’s own events. Make them part of our group without them even knowing who we are. Flatter them, buy them drinks, make them feel welcome, but keep your politics to yourselves. Let some more time elapse and then start to increase the heat even more. Start to criticise the target organisation, perhaps you can pick out something which the membership is clearly not happy with. Do this within your own group. Get one of our people, maybe even two, to argue against you so that no suspicion is aroused. Don’t let the person or people you are working on think that you are in league with one another, but make sure that your ‘opponents’ eventually capitulate and come over to your side of the argument.
This is the most important part of the whole operation. It is hard and takes a lot of time, so be very patient. Don’t rush it, stay calm and just take your time. Persevere. Slowly, quietly, try to expand the group. Make more friends and get even more of our people to join. You are beginning to get noticed, there are a few of you now and some of the other members may begin to wonder what is happening. Just relax. There is nothing going on and you’re all friends working for the same cause. Nobody realises who you really are or what you actually represent. If possible, try to get some of our people elected to the steering committee. Get them into positions of responsibility. See if you can become the treasurer. But don’t push too hard too fast. It must seem like a natural process.
Go as far as you can by cultivating friendships and relationships. How many people we have at this stage will dictate just how successful the final outcome will be. Now is the time to decide which way you want to go with the organisation. You may wish to settle with what you have or try to attain a position of power from which you you can gather information. You may feel that some of the people you have been working on can be recruited to the cause of National-Anarchism itself, if this is the case then attempt to recruit them. If you are successful and the target organisation has nothing left to offer, simply move on to somewhere else.
There may be another scenario. It may be the case that the organisation you have joined has no immediate potential and you may not be able to have any influence or get anything from it. Even so, it may be a organisation that we need to have an influence in as it may well play a vital role in a revolutionary situation. If thi