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Jack Calcott

The Prep Work of Revolution

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I've seen a lot of discussion about how to fight and survive in the boogaloo, but not so much about what we can do right now to organise, train and propagandise. In other words, how to best conduct the prep work of revolution. Large scale revolutionary political groups such as National Action and Antipodean Resistance have been easily broken up by the state, so our discussion should be limited to what you can do as a lone actor or in a small group of your pals. 

Examples that I can think of include:

  • How to produce posters and stickers, and where and when to place them.
  • What goes into making an eye-catching and effective poster design.
  • How to conduct a good banner drop.
  • Ideas for unconventional Rockwell-style propaganda 'stunts'.
  • How to maintain an online presence and produce online propaganda safely.
  • Where to acquire graphic design and other propaganda production skills.

In upcoming days I plan to post some debriefs of my own propaganda forays, and some of the lessons I've learned, which will hopefully encourage more people to do this vital but unspectacular work. I'm only starting out in this field myself, and so I'm definitely keen to learn more.

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As promised, here are some things I've managed to work out from my amateur propaganda ops thus far.

Propaganda production:

  • You can produce cheap and cheerful stickers and posters using an inkjet printer and blank package labels. The latter come in all sorts of sizes, including A4. This set-up will cost you maybe $200 at most, and can be purchased at any office supplies store. The downside of this is that the stickers can be easily removed, but they're cheap enough so that you can afford to lose a few. If you want to make them more difficult to remove, then simply apply some extra glue to the back at the moment of sticking.
     
  • Instead of making paper posters and gluing them up, it's much easier to use A4 sized stickers. Just peel and stick.
     
  • All paper has a 'GSM' rating. The higher the rating, the thicker the paper.
     
  • Gloss covered paper is a bitch to stick up with spray glue. It can be done, but you'll be standing around holding the poster up to your surface of choice for an irritatingly long time. 

Operational matters:

  • There are two types of approaches to street propaganda that I've discerned: the raid, and the 'Johnny Appleseed'.

The Raid

  • The raid is when a defined area is chosen for a mass stickering and postering at a certain time. You should always conduct at least one recon run beforehand, to work out your entry and exit routes, the location of security cameras, number of people around at a given hour, etc. The raid itself is usually best conducted at night.
     
  • On propaganda raids you should park a fair distance from your target area, away from any cameras. Suburban areas are good for this.
     
  • When conducting raids you should wear a set of nondescript clothes (a hoodie and track pants are a good choice) that will never be worn during your day to day life. A hat and glasses should also be worn to obscure your face for the inevitable cameras. If cops/security/anyone else sees you then you're just a jogger.

The 'Johnny Appleseed'

  • The 'Johnny Appleseed' approach is when you casually slap stickers (but NOT posters) up as you go about your daily life. On the surface this seems like an extremely risky way of conducting an operation, but there are inherent advantages and it has worked very well for me. Your familiarity with the area will mean that you'll already know the basic facts of the target: the locations of cameras, the number of people around at a given time, where the high visibility surfaces area, where the cops pass through, what 'normal' feels like, etc. A second advantage is that you will have persistence- when ZOGtifa tears down your stickers and posters you can just slap them right up again the next day. A third advantage is that you have the element of surprise- no one expects ebil Nahsis to be putting up stickers in broad daylight.
     
  • There are some strong caveats with this type of op. Firstly, THIS ONLY WORKS IN AREAS WITHOUT SECURITY CAMERAS. Secondly, it requires discipline. DO NOT STICKER YOUR ENTIRE DAILY ROUTE AND CREATE A TRAIL OF BREADCRUMBS LEADING BACK TO YOUR FRONT DOOR. MAKE SURE ABSOLUTELY NO ONE CAN SEE YOU WHEN DOING THE DEED. Thirdly, it requires restraint. USE THREE STICKERS AT MOST IN A SINGLE DAY TO AVOID ATTRACTING ATTENTION.

This is what I've managed to work out for myself. Critique is more than welcome.

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Couldn't agree more, if you sticker a synagogue it will get mass media attention. If that's what You're looking for.

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