The following is a transcript of a slideshow by the now-defunct Bay Area National-Anarchists, back from 2009. While not perfect, it gives a pretty good introduction to starting a National-Anarchist Network.
Organizing National-Anarchist Networks; or, How to Build the National-Anarchist Movement
Part I: Network Theory
What is a Network?
A Network of people consists of two or more individuals that connect with each other in common cause. The most important aspect of successful networking is growing the number of connections to likeminded people.
Traits: An effective Network is self-organizing, always available, fault tolerant, and capable of handling losing nodes without loss of effectiveness.
What is the Difference Between an Organization and a Network?
1. An organization is not a movement.
2. An organization has formalities, hierarchy, officers, policies, and relies on single points of failure (primarily the leadership).
3. Organizations depend exclusively on the effectiveness of their leaders.
4. Networks have no:
5. Networks have:
*A unique culture
*Social yet informal standards of behavior
The National-Anarchist Movement may best be described as an autonomous subculture of self-managing Networks.
For example, the BANA Network has the ground rules that our activists must be drug free, trustworthy, and productive to society in some fashion (working, studying, or family life).
6. Networks depend on the affinity (value) likeminded people give each other for the purpose of organizing.
7. Characteristics of Networks:
*Relationship driven (relationships built on trust)
*United by core values (beliefs), indifferent towards differences
This makes building Networks more flexible than creating organizations. This also makes Networks dependant on the quality of people involved at all levels of organizing. Many skillsets are desirable.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
The ideal Network is a Mesh:
A fully developed Network contains characteristics of a Tribal society which is a primary goal of forming Networks of National-Anarchists.
The ideal organization is top-down:
Organizations are results driven, like a corporation, and should be judged as such. If they don’t produce profits (or results) they should go out of business. National-Anarchists get results by networking with all kinds of political activists and strengthening their community’s ability to get things done without Government or Capitalism.
When the movement reaches a point when an organization is needed for a local community, the Network will have the leaders with the most experience and skills in diplomacy.
Part II: Network Praxis
Things you can do:
*Dedicate a certain ammount of time each week to the cause
*Start a blog with your Network’s name, where you are located, and state your core values
*Distribute fliers at protests
About your views:
*Talk with all kinds of people about National-Anarchism: Leftists, Rightists, Apolitical, etc.
*Make or attend events to meet people and talk about National-Anarchism
*Set aside some money each month for movement activities
Part III: Network Activism
What It Takes to Reach Success
*First, there is one and only one kind of political activism…On the streets and in real life
*Online activism is a myth…Online activities spread information, it does not advance the movement
*Furthermore it is impossible to represent our people in virtual worlds
1. Devote 20 minutes a day to the cause.
2. Bring a greater amount of comedy and laughter at the expense of the opposition.
3. Talk to more people in real life about National-Anarchism and how it is a progressive ideology for our collective.
The Equation of Success: Time/Effort = Results
Expect a 1% return on investment for all of your initiatives. The moral is, get more active to get more results!
4. Keep it fun. This is essential to keep high morale. Social, physical activities, that promote teamwork and trust are perfect for this: rock climbing, camping, hiking, etc.
In order to reach your goals in life, there is a quote I like from a world renowned athlete, actor, and politician:
“This last two or three or four repetitions, that’s what makes the muscles grow. That’s what divides one from a champion and one from not being a champion. If you can go through the pain period, you make it to be a champion. If you can’t go through it, forget it. And that’s what most people lack: Having the guts – the guts to go in and just say…”I don’t care what happens.” I have no fear of fainting in the gym… I threw up many times when I was working out. But it doesn’t matter, because it’s all worth it.” – Arnold Schwarzenegger
In our experience, talking to ten people in real life about National-Anarchism is more effective than 1000 online. Remember that most people have never heard of National-Anarchism. Peoples’ opinions will be formed based on your confidence, your unique communication style, and the presentation of the idea. Don’t play to lose, play to win.
If someone gets hostile towards you for being a National-Anarchist keep in mind these words from a war veteran on courage:
“…Courage is the wind that drives to the far coasts, the key to all treasures, the hammer that crafts great Empires. The armor without which no culture exists. Courage is the effort of one’s own person to the last consequence, the jump start of an idea against matter, without care for what comes of it… To the Devil with the times that want to take from us courage and men.”
In conclusion we covered:
*Things to do
*What it takes to reach success
For more information visit http://www.bayareanationalanarchists.com
Video January 2009
Runa Raven Collective
Bay Area National-Anarchists