A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Thursday, April 25th, 2019
Chapter Seven: Allies
Something cannot emerge from nothing.
Rebels need allies for rebellions to succeed. A rebellion needs both active and passive supporters. Their revolutionary movement, if it is to grow, needs sympathizers and opportunists both.
A rebellion needs all types of people and it needs them in massive numbers, in numbers far greater than those who are actually willing to take up arms or risk their lives for the sake of the cause.
A revolution will garner those numbers from the willing and the unwilling alike, from the knowing and the ignorant. It will enlist some with full cooperation, it will coerce others, and it will use many more who will fall into the category of collateral damage.
A rebellion thrives on the experience of injustice, on feelings of oppression, on conditioning people to believe that they are virtually helpless but not completely, on the brink of hopelessness but not fully lost.
When those pressures are right, the people will explode.
It is always best to recruit victims from the populace without their knowledge. Then take advantage of their plight by coopting their narrative, weaving it into your own.
The most subtle feint is to arrange for a protest in which the protesters are committed to non-violence, where their only aim is to petition the government for rights. Then to use the violence directed toward them by the police and security forces as a means of stoking outrage.
A revolution will not take place without outrage, it cannot exist without the experience of suffering, whether it is real or imagined, natural or contrived.
A successful revolution depends an exacting deployment of these levers.
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