31 August 2015

Give the regime a daily dose of disobedience and defiance


By Mike Smith

28th of August 2015

In the previous section on getting rid of a regime we looked at Why people obey dictators and we determined that obeying a tyranny is not natural. People obey, because of habit, being conditioned, fear, coercion, etc.

The question therefore is: How do you get people to actively disobey instead of just speaking out against it?

Many good people have assumed that if they denounce the oppression strongly enough, and protest long enough, the desired change will somehow happen. That assumption is an error. Resistance to tyranny is a moral duty and should be part of every person's daily routine.

Resistance to injustice is a moral duty.

Just the other day a member of the public asked a question online which made me think: Are we South Africans committing a crime by paying tax?

The crime we would be committing is, “aiding and abetting crime, corruption and extortion”.

Henry Thoreau used a metaphor in his essay Civil Disobedience, 1849 comparing the government to a machine: when the machine was producing injustice, it was the duty of conscientious citizens to be "a counter friction" (i.e., a resistance) "to stop the machine."

Thoreau was disgusted by slavery and he was opposed to the war the USA was waging against Mexico (1846-1848) that, if they would win, which they did, would enlarge the area where American slavery would be practiced. He saw his taxes as a means of supporting injustice and refused to pay poll tax. He was imprisoned for it, albeit only for a night, before his aunt paid the taxes against his wishes.

In his essay he exhorts people not to just wait passively for an opportunity to vote for justice, because voting for justice is as ineffective as wishing for justice; what you need to do is to actually be just.

This is not to say that you have an obligation to devote your life to fighting for justice, but you do have an obligation not to commit injustice and not to give injustice your practical support. Paying taxes is one way in which otherwise well-meaning people collaborate in injustice.

In a constitutional republic like South Africa people often think that the proper response to an unjust law is to try to use the political process to change the law, but to obey and respect the law until it is changed, but if the law is itself clearly unjust, and the law-making process is not designed to quickly obliterate such unjust laws, then Thoreau says the law deserves no respect and it should be broken.

The regime: False appearance of the strong fortress

To most people, the state and its apparatus appear monolithic and virtually indestructible like a medieval stronghold or fortress.

In the old days this strong appearance of the fortress was deliberate. It was designed to be impenetrable and to deter enemies from laying siege to it and trying to conquer it. It would just not be worth the effort and cost.

The classical strategy to take such a fortress was to besiege it by building rings of “circumvallation” and “contravallation” around it in what is known in military terms as Investment and then either scaling the walls or breaching it with siege engines and battering rams. The city's inhabitants would slowly starve and weaken, making it possible eventually to breach the walls and take the castle. These sieges tended to be quite long and bloody.

Over the centuries, however, certain enlightened strategists hit upon a different way to bring down the walls. Their strategy was based on a simple premise: the apparent strength of the fortress is an illusion, for behind its walls are people who are trapped, afraid, even desperate.

The city's leaders have essentially run out of options; they can only put their faith in the fortress's architecture. To lay siege to these walls is to mistake the appearance of strength for reality.

If in fact the walls are hiding great weakness within, then the proper strategy is to bypass them and aim for the interior. This can be done literally, by digging tunnels beneath the walls, undermining their strength, a conventional military strategy.

A better, more devious route is to infiltrate people inside them or to work with the city's disaffected inhabitants. This is known as "opening an inner front", finding a group on the inside who will work on your behalf to spread discontent and will eventually betray the fortress into your hands, sparing you a long siege.

For ten long years, the Greeks battered the walls of Troy to no effect; the simple gift of a wooden horse let them sneak a few men into Troy and open the gates from within.

When faced with the dictatorship in South Africa it becomes clear that the “Castle” is not impenetrable. In fact it has been infiltrated already. All the structures the dictatorship depends upon to remain in power are only held together by a few key civil servants who still obey the regime. Therefore it is extremely vulnerable. If these key people start to disobey and withdraw their support, the entire regime will come crashing down.

The termite strategy: Stopping Thoreau’s “machine of injustice”

“Go to the ant, thou sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise: Which having no guide, overseer, or ruler, provideth her meat in the summer, and gathereth her food in the harvest.” Proverbs 6:6

The South African poet and intellectual genius Eugene Marais studied termites for ten years in the Waterberg area. Strictly speaking termites are not ants, but are also known as “White Ants” and Marais wrote a book called “The soul of the white ant” which was plagiarized by the Belgium Nobel Prize laureate, Jesuit and Socialist, Maurice Maeterlinck in 1926.

Marais came up with the theory of "organic unity" and saw termites not as individual organisms, but the colony as an organism in itself.

Termites are hardly visible from the outside. They take small bites and patiently bore through beams and supports. Their work goes by almost unnoticed, but not the results. These are individual organisms as part of a large organism, slowly weakening and bringing the structure down. Once you notice them, it is already too late.

The basic principle here is that it is easiest to topple a structure, a wall, a group, a defensive mind, from the inside out. When something begins to rot or fall apart from within, it collapses of its own weight, a far better way to bring it down than ramming yourself against its walls.

So imagine the key people on the inside of these government structures putting little spanners in the machine every day causing structural breakdown, not immediately, but almost unnoticed over a period of time.

Here you have two types of breakdowns. “Breakdown of commission” and “breakdown of omission.”

A “breakdown of commission” is an active act of sabotage to bring the system to a halt.

A “breakdown of omission” is the deliberate failure to act in order to prevent a breakdown.

Typical examples of “breakdown of commission” are to lose critical files or documents. Break the printer or scanner. Break the air conditioner, set off the fire alarm at critical times triggering an evacuation, etc.

Typical examples of “breakdown of omission” are to simply do nothing or waste time at critical periods. Spend double the amount of time on the toilet. Do everything at half speed. Be off-sick or simply do nothing when you can to prevent a crash.

Start with something small, low risk and grow from there. Point is that you will start to feel part of the resistance, part of the larger colony, part of doing your duty. It builds confidence, it gives you self respect and dignity knowing you are breaking the habit of obedience and defying an unjust regime.

Look at Batman. He first goes after common thugs, building a reputation and a name. Only then does he take on The Joker.

If your day is over and you haven't done your bit of disobedience and defiance, then it was a wasted day. Weakening these structures that support the regime is what we are after. Without availability of those sources of power, the rulers’ power eventually weakens and finally dissolves even if he has foreign support. The dictators’ power will die, slowly or rapidly, from political starvation.

29 August 2015

This RWC...flip the switch on Springbok Rugby

By Mike Smith

29th of August 2015

I had to laugh when I saw that former Springbok coach Pieter de Villiers attended the burning of the Bok jersey in an anti-white protest that there were too many whites in the Springbok team.

I fully agree. Burn the Bok jersey. I hate that piece of ANC trash it has become. The Springboks are chosen not on merit, but on the colour of their skins. They are forced to field blacks who are third or fifth best in their position in the country and whites who are the best in their positions are discriminated against. That means that the Springboks can NEVER again play with their strongest team. They will forever be playing with a handicap.

What an insult that must be to overseas teams like the All Blacks or the Wallabies knowing you are not facing the best from South Africa, but a mediocre Springbok C team. If I was the All Blacks I would refuse to play them. It makes a mockery of Rugby and the William Web Ellis trophy. How can you claim to be the Rugby world champions when you haven’t faced the full might of a proper Springbok team? How can you feel that you deserved that trophy when you know you played against the third best South Africa had to offer?

That is why I stopped watching the Springboks a long time ago. It is a farce. I refuse to support them as long as they have quota players.

Three weeks from now the Rugby World Cup will start in England. I won’t watch them on the TV. I won’t watch them in the pub. To me they are dead. I have flipped the switch on the Springboks.

There are far better sports than Rugby. When the RWC is on, you know where you can find me

28 August 2015

Mmusi Maimane: Cry Baby of the Month



By Mike Smith

28th of August 2015

Adressing members of the Democratic Alliance Students Organisation (DASO) at University of Cape Town (UCT), the lying bastard and DA leader Mmusi Maimane told the youngsters:

“The legacy of segregation is still alive. If you are black in South Africa, there is far less a chance of you getting into a tertiary institution like this than for a white South African.”

It is obvious that he has not heard of UCT’s racist policies and racist admission quotas that basically excludes whites from studying medicine there.

UCT urged to scrap race criteria

This is what the Sunday Times wrote:

“To stand a realistic chance to study for the MBChB degree at Cape Town, white pupils must get at least 90% in five matric subjects, 80% in the sixth and 80% in a national benchmark test that measures students' proficiency in academic literacy and maths.

“Indian pupils need at least 90% in four subjects, 80% in two subjects and 80% in the benchmark test. Coloured pupils need 80% in four subjects, 70% in two and at least 53% in the benchmark test to be considered for "probable admission".

“African pupils, on the other hand, who get 70%-79% in six subjects and at least 50% in the benchmark test stand a good chance of securing a place.”

Then this hypocrite they call “The future president of South Africa” went further:

“People who discriminate - in my humble opinion - should be in jail, not in (sic) campus,” he said.

Exactly! I fully agree! Put the whole UCT council and management in prison and when you are finished there, put the entire ANC in prison and when you are finished then jump into prison yourself you idiotic moron.

But that is not why he deserved the “Cry Baby of the Month Award”

He recalled a recent, minor car accident involving him and a white, female driver. Having caused the accident, Maimane said he approached the other driver sheepishly, wanting to apologise. However, according to the man the audience called the future president, the female driver began shouting at him angrily, speaking to him as if he were sub-human.

“I walked away feeling so, so inhumane…so inferior.”

Aaaah shame…poor Maimane…

Apartheid’s legacy still alive: Maimane

25 August 2015

How can the public respect Police like this?


By Mike Smith

26nd of August 2015

According to the useless ANC regime we have a “negative perception” about our safety. And therefore we have a "negative perception" of the police.

I kid you not, this is what they call 18,000 murders (officially) and 150,000 rapes (officially) a year. This is what they call the brutal assault, torture and murder of 4000 white farmers on their watch since 1994. It is all just a “negative perception”.

They want an aggressive media campaign against this “negative perception” of the police which they say was created by the media.

Now I must admit that I have never in my life seen a more biased, politically correct and liberal media than what we have in SA. Biased towards the regime that is and biased towards blacks.

Whenever whites complain about crime, the media calls them "racists". Pictures accompanying crime reports depict whites as the criminals and blacks as the victims when in fact it is the other way around. The small amount of crime of whites against blacks are so-called ”racist hate crimes”, but the far worse other way around black on white crime is, “just ordinary crime”. It is an orchestrated media psyops the media wages against white South Africans.

Nevertheless, the police are so corrupt, and violent that the public has lost all respect for it. They are involved in bank robberies, cash in transit robberies, extortions, bribes and untold brutality against civilians…and then complain that 60 of them were killed this year so far.

But why are they being killed? Let me show you…

Drunk cop in Pietermaritzburg
Take a look at this idiot, photographed by a white member of the public, passed out behind his steering wheel at 08:00 am with a bottle of Savannah between his legs. This is no "It is dry , but you can drink it" joke. Drunk cop caught napping

Read how two other men approached the vehicle and began slapping the policeman to wake him up. The man who took the picture said: “I thought they were going to beat him to death. The police officer only woke up when one of the men took the Savannah from between his legs and splashed it on his face.”

The policeman shortly afterwards started the vehicle and drove off. One of the men threw the bottle away.

Democratic Alliance MP Dianne Kohler Barnard said that the incident was horrendous.

“This police officer had a firearm on his hip. Anyone could have reached in and grabbed it. This officer must face a major disciplinary hearing. He is in charge of a firearm; he is in charge of you and me. Can you imagine if he had had to pull a citizen over, what could have happened?” she said.

Ward 36 councillor for the area, Vic Winterbach, said that a tragedy could have taken place with lives being lost.

“This is very concerning. A dangerous weapon in the hands of a drunken person. Police need to be setting the example. I’ve noticed officials breaking smaller bylaws like throwing plastic out of vehicles, but no matter how small the offence all police should uphold the law,” he said.

Founder and director of South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD), Caro Smit, said: “Another issue is that police officers are not good at following the rules of the road. We recently did a survey in Pietermaritzburg and found that four percent of police officers wear seat belts and if they do not follow the rules of the road, why should anyone else.”

Exactly! And these are not isolated incidents either:

  • In January 2013, Russell George of Prestbury arrested an alleged drunk police officer and locked him up in the back of his police van after watching him drive recklessly through the streets of Pietermaritzburg.

  • In March this year, a video of a policeman allegedly drunk behind the wheel went viral on social media. The man who filmed the video, Phil Tomlinson, questioned the officer on the side of the road in Durban, before the officer sped off.

You see, these guys think they are above the law. They drive drunk. They drive without seatbelts on. They throw their shit out of the windows…then they wonder why people don’t have respect for them.

But the most amazing part is that the useless ANC regime, instead of sorting out their equally useless goons, are going after the media who reports upon them.

But that is still nothing.

Black cop sodomising unconscious white man with his hand
A video emerged of black cops assaulting two young white guys for no apparent reason apart from the fact that they were alone and white. They slammed the one guys head into the tarmac a few times, kicked and punched him and then anally searched him on the ground, turned him on his back and then pulled his pants further down and fondled his private parts.

I would like a psychologist to explain this sick, perverted and barbaric behavior to me. We saw the same thing when Eugene Terreblanche was hacked to death in his sleep. The bastards also pulled his pants down and exposed his genitalia. Is this some kind of penis envy towards whites or is it an act of humiliation out of pure and unadulterated HATRED of whites?

Black cop sexually assaulting unconscious white man
Where is the Main Stream Media now with their outcries of “Racism”?? They don’t even report on it. Nevertheless this is the disgusting scum that we should have respect for? They want us to have sympathy with them when 60 of them get killed? I am trying really hard, but I fail to find as much as one ounce of sympathy for these bastards. In fact I spit on them. Like I always say, they know where they can go and find “sympathy”…in the dictionary. Somewhere between “shit” and “Syphilis”.

I hope these two white guys sue the living crap out of the police and that these bastards are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

Fortunately the one had the wherewithal to carry a cell-phone/camera and filmed it all. These are exactly the kind of videos we should expose. Every time these bastards use this kind of brutality, they should be filmed and exposed. It converts another 100 liberals. It brings us ever closer to uniting against these Pigs.

We should all have dash cams and cameras inside the vehicle. Film the bastards when you get pulled over. Film them when they ask you for a bribe. Take their names and numbers. Write down or film their vehicle registration numbers. Sue them! Show them we will not take their corruption and criminal behavior.

The day is going to come that we will come face to face with these bastards. Then it is going to take a lot of discipline to hold ourselves back, especially when they turn violent. The blacks had their Sharpeville. Just show a few blacks the image of Hector Peterson and see what happens. It united them back then and is still uniting them now. We are going to have to face our Sharpville too. It will be the final nail in the coffin of the ANC and their goons, because it will unite us once and for all.



Watch; Shocking footage of police brutality in Fourways. Warning: extremely graphic images

The two cops caught shoplifting
But don’t think these are just black cops. Two female cops (one white, one coloured) were caught shoplifting a cellphone headset and USB modem at the Cradlestone Mall in Krugersdorp.

“F@#k you black people. You are always making a noise. I am coming back for you, I will get you,” the constable shouted at the staff who caught her.

Staff tell of how cops tried to bribe them

The best part for me was when the black shop assistant Danisile Xulu expressed her disgust in the police women, “When we realised they were stealing we weren’t scared of them anymore. It is disgusting how they are taking advantage of their uniforms,” she concluded.

You see? Once the public realized that these bastards were nothing but common criminals, they lost all respect for them and lost all their fear and that is what we want, because fear is the only power they have over us. When you lose your respect and your fear, you start to disobey and do not co-operate anymore. THAT is the start of the revolution.

24 August 2015

Why do people obey dictators?

By Mike Smith

25th of August 2015

Gene Sharp said in his book “From dictatorship to democracy” that overcoming the people’s fear and habit of obedience is a necessary prerequisite to destroy the dictatorship.Which brings us to the question…

Why do people obey dictators?

“With an understanding why people obey, we can more effectively promote collective disobedience to unjust laws. Also, understanding why people obey provides a powerful rebuttal to the belief that “obedience is natural.” Human beings are not genetically predisposed to obedience, but rather to living in communities, in a society in which good reasons are available for voluntary compliance with laws and conventions. But when compliance is forced and obedience is demanded by a government through threats and sanctions rather than by popular consent, obedience becomes less stable.“ – Non-violent struggle – 50 crucial points, pg36.

There is no one reason why people obey dictatorships rather a complex mixture of reasons. Make no mistake, the dictator knows all of them intimately and apply or make use of them religiously. His very survival depends on them. Habbit

To obey is not natural. As children we get taught and conditioned to obey those bigger than us, older than us and those having more authority than us. We obey our parents, our teachers, our lecturers, road signs, the police, etc. and so we also learn to obey the government, even when it turns bad.

Roles

A few years ago I wrote an article on the famous Zimbardo prison experiment and how people fall into and adapt to their roles in society. Those who were the “prison guards” became increasingly brutal and those who were the “prisoners” more subservient.

This leads to a condition called ”Learned helplessness” where people simply accept their fate, because they see no way out even when one is staring them straight in the face. I called it a “resistance to resistance”.

Just following orders

In 1961Prof Stanley Milgram of Yale University started a series of experimenets that became known collectively as The Milgram experiment

He later published his findings in a book called, Obedience to authority: An experimental view,1974

The Milgram experiment showed the surprising ease with which ordinary persons can be commanded to act destructively against an innocent individual by a legitimate authority. People feel absolved from guilt when ordered by an authority.

The instinct to bond with a strong leader

Dictators exploit a well-known instinct for most people to seek protection from a strong leader, according to Alice LoCicero, a Cambridge, Mass.-based clinical psychologist and researcher on leadership and terrorism.

"Our behavior is still affected by what went on thousands of years ago," LoCicero said. "It's easier to understand why it's adaptive and common for people to bond to powerful leaders. In Darwinian evolution, the people who bonded with the leader survived. That instinct got passed along."

LoCicero has studied terrorist leadership and victims of terrorism from all five continents. She says that in some cultures, it's important to show respect to leaders, whether it's North Korea's Kim family of dictators or just the local schoolteacher.

We also saw this phenomonen in Serbia during the Kosovo war where Nato rained down bombs from March 24, 1999 to June 10, 1999 trying to destroy the Serbian military machine. All it achieved in doing was strengthening support for Serbian dictator Milosevic. It reached an all time high.

Sedja Popovic mentions how it was the worst time for the Otpor! resistance movement who were about to depose Milosevic in a non-violent revolution. Even some of Otpor’s own members started instinctively cheering for Milosevic.

The “Personality Cult”

Most of the time the dictator is actually not strong at all, but will try to “appear strong” and will create a “Cult of personality” through careful control of information and propaganda.

Most dictators are actually insecure, paranoid and manipulating bullies and in fact weaklings.

This becomes very clear once they lose their power and are dethroned. Suddenly they break down and appear extremely weak. Examples are dictators Ferdinand Marcos, Erich Honecker and the former red terror Stasi Chief Erich Mielke who turned into bumbling idiot and were laughed out in the “Volkskamer” (people’s chamber) when he insisted “…But, but I love you. I love all people…” when it came out how they built the Berlin Wall and slaughtered people who tried to escape it.

More recently the ridiculous 5ft3 Kim Jong Il, who was a pudgy, vain, top nerd who bouffed up his hair to gain another inch or two built his cult of personality to create an idealized, heroic, and at times, worshipful image who, amongst other things, claimed to be a brilliant inventor as well as a super golfer who shot 38 under par his first time playing golf. His biggest legacy was the 1-2 million people he starved to death whilst enjoying a lavish lifestyle.

His son 32yo Kim Jong Un was described by his Swiss classmates as a shy child who was awkward with girls and indifferent to political issues. He likese basketball, computer games and during NBA star Dennis Rodman’s visit to the dictator Ryan Duffy of Vice Media observed that "the leader was 'socially awkward' and didn't make eye contact when shaking hands".

The 5ft 6in Nicolae Ceausescu gave himself such titles as "Conducător" ("Leader") and "Geniul din Carpați" ("The Genius of the Carpathians") and had a king-like scepter made for himself. Ceausescu’s birthday (26th of January) was the most important day of the year and everyone had to put up a happy face or be punished.

For years, nearly all official photographs of him showed him in his late 40s. Romanian state television was under strict orders to portray him in the best possible light, but who can forget his pathetic looking face at the attempted speeches on the eve of his overthrow when the crowd started booing and heckling him.

And who can forget the surprised face of Sadam Husein when he was dragged from the hole in the ground where he was hiding…His mug said, “Game Over”.

The last moments of strongman Muamar Al Gaddafi crying like a baby when he was dragged from the filthy drain pipe he was hiding in is another example of how truly weak these dictators really are.

In reality the dictator is not strong. He only looks strong until the last ten minutes. He is not installed by God. He might think he is a god but in fact he is Odin’s Mickey Mouse and Allah’s Daffy Duck.

“You see these dictators on their pedestals, surrounded by the bayonets of their soldiers and the truncheons of their police ... yet in their hearts there is unspoken fear. They are afraid of words and thoughts: words spoken abroad, thoughts stirring at home, all the more powerful because forbidden, terrify them. A little mouse of thought appears in the room, and even the mightiest potentates are thrown into panic.” ― Winston S. Churchill, Blood, Sweat and Tears

Distractions - Bread and circus

Since the times of the Romans, dictators have used this technique.

Panem et Circenses comes from Roman poet Juvenal's metaphor for people voluntarily (or democratically) giving up civic responsibility for a reasonably stable status quo.

When the people are well-fed and having fun, they will be too contented or lazy to protest against those in charge (they may even start to thank, adore, and praise those in charge), turning them into gullible lemmings and apathetic citizens who will leave the “Powers That Be” free to do as they please.

Sports such as football, Rugby, Olympic Games, etc serve as distractions to lead people away from political realities, misrule and corruption.

The GDR used the so called FKK (Freikörperkultur) or nudism as bread and circus. Drugs and alcohol can also be used like in USSR, GDR and China.

When a brave leader stands up to tell or show the people what is really going on, he is branded as a troublemaker out to ruin their (relatively) happy life — or worse, submerge them in fire and brimstone. When you are the only sane person, to others, you look like the only insane person.

Lies, propaganda and the blurring of the distinctions between Dystopia and Utopia

Reality is turned upside down. The regime will tell lies and half truths to create the impression that the current status quo they created is the best the country has ever seen or will ever see. The dictator is God and the totalitarian state is heaven. Successful countries in Europe or the West are made out as “corrupt”, “materialistic” or “rotten”.

This form of indoctrination usually starts early from kindergarten age and carried out throughout school and university so that sheeple genuinely believes this junk.

The regime also makes use of “Brown envelope journalism” where reporters are paid to sing praises of the dictatorship. In South Africa 2010, journalists Ashley Smith and Joseph Aranes of the Cape Argus were implicated in a scandal to further ANC Premier Ebrahim Rasool’s agenda, but the rabbit hole went deeper when in 2012, ANC spindoctor Chris Vick a former journalist who writes a column in Business Day – has riled editors with his accusations of widespread unethical behaviour by South African journalists. These include that some reporters have their stories written for them by public relations practitioners like him.

SA journalism plagued by payola

Jacob Zuma: "You have less rights,
because you are a minority"
Misapplied Democracy and the Tyranny of the Majority

“For the minority, what else is democracy than dictatorship?” – Anna Jae

The minority trapped in a “democracy” has no voice and is forced to accept whatever the majority decides no matter how bad those decisions are.

The minority then feels that the dictatorship is justified, because the majority supports it. So they just go along with the flow and accept the status quo.

The dictatorship’s friendship with big powers

The people feel that the dictatorship should be tolerated, because of the support from foreign nations or corporations.

In the case of South Africa you have BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA) in a partnership of emerging economies representing over three billion people. Almost half of the world’s population. No wonder South Africans feel powerless.

In SA there is also the perception that the ANC is supported by mining and industrial giants such as De Beers/Anglo American, Lonmin, Consolidated Goldfields and others.

As we will see, these associations are not guaranteed for the dictatorship to remain in power and can quickly change sides.

Fear

There are three ways the dictator uses fear. First there is the fear of him and his regime. Second there is the fear of someone or something else. Thirdly there is the fear of ourselves.

Fear as the tool of the “Saviour” dictator

All dictatorships make use of fear to rule and present themselves as the only saviours. Fear is not only the fear of “sanctions” (punishments) from the dictator but also fear from an imagined, manufactured or real “enemy”…I call it “creating and hating the scapegoat.”

Dictators long ago found that it is easier to unite people in common hatred than in common love. This fear keeps the society off balance and collectively paranoid.

People who are resisting the dictatorship are called all sorts of names and vilified. Hitler would call his opponents “Communists” and “Jews” whether they were or not.

Stalin would call opponents “Fascists” and “Anti-revolutionaries”. In general the Marxist opponents are called the “Bourgeoisie”.

In Iran the scapegoat is called the “Infidel”, “Zionists”, “Imperial war-mongers”, etc. Israel is known as “That Zionist State”.

P.W. Botha called his opponents the “Rooi gevaar” (Red Threat) and the “Swart gevaar” (Black Threat).

In South Africa under the Marxist ANC “fascists” made way for “racists” and the “Bourgeoisie” are the whites, the “Colonial Capitalists” who refuse to share.

The dictator presents himself as God or ordained by God to rule forever; His opponents are vilified as demons or the Devil. The dictator wants people to believe that he is their only salvation; The Saviour. The Messiah.

In Iraq Saddam Hussein was so convinced of his God ordained destiny to rule forever that he refused to accept that he would be overthrown in April 2003 even with American tanks rolling into Baghdad.

In South Africa the Dictator Jacob Zuma said that the ANC will rule until Jesus comes.

What is “The fear of sanctions”?

In short, “sanctions” are “punishments” and can be anything from being police beatings and torture, imprisonment, losing one’s job to losing family, friends, livelihood, etc. It can also be threats, coercion or even assassinations.

An animal normally only fears immediate threats, but people can imagine threats in the future.

Therefore, the purpose of sanctions is not so much as to punish the resisters, but to make examples of them so that the rest of the people are deterred from resisting in future as well.

The dictator uses the “carrot and stick” technique. Those who resist can expect the harshest punishment, those who obey are rewarded. We will see that this fear of sanctions is one of the most important to overcome.

Atomisation and the fear within

There is another very important fear that keep people obeying the regime and that is the fear of failure. The fear that “I am not good enough” to do anything. “I am alone.”

This “isolation of the individual is called “atomization”.

The control of information and dissent

In dictatorships like the East German GDR, Iraq and North Korea, dictators tightly control the flow of information and therefore control dissent. There's such total control that four people talking together can be seen as a conspiracy.

The media and state broadcasters are either directly controlled by the dictatorship or exercises self censorship out of fear of sanctions. Certain films are banned, certain music is banned.

Internet and social media is censored, regulated and/or spied on. Telephones tapped and books disappear from libraries.

“When governments try to tightly control the flow of information – Including information on the internet – They only show a fundamental misunderstanding of the Information Age. What governments and others who want to control information don’t understand is this – they are no longer in control of the information. Power is moving into the hands of individuals and away from the exclusive control of governments and corporations.” - Dr. Gerald L. Kovacich

The Armed forces and a climate of fear

The dictatorship uses the armed forces (police and military) to openly display weapons on street or carry out military parades in order to install a general climate of fear and hopelessness amongst the population.

The secret police creates a climate of distrust amongst the people so that even family members are too scared to voice dissenting opinions.

Summary

So we see that it is in the dictator’s best interest to keep the people atomised, keep them in fear and keep them from disobeying. He will use everything from threats, rewards, armed forces, propaganda, lies and distractions to stay in power.

He knows…If the people overcome their fear of him, unite and start disobeying him, he is in deep, deep trouble. In the next edition we will look at how to achieve that.

23 August 2015

The whole country is uniting against Zuma



"A prince need trouble little about conspiracies when the people are well disposed, but when they are hostile and hold him in hatred, then he must fear everything and everybody." – Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince, chapter XIX

By Mike Smith

23nd of August 2015

If you were wondering if a revolt against the ANC’s totalitarian junta is the right thing to do, have no doubt.

It is not just us who want Zuma gone. Everyone, from the very poor blacks in the townships of Port Elizabeth, the miners of Marikana right up to the top of the ANC want Zuma gone. Seems like a palace revolution is brewing inside the ANC.

More top ANC men want Zuma gone

"More top ANC leaders have turned against President Jacob Zuma as the battle for the presidency intensifies ahead of the party's Mangaung conference in December."

"Former top cop Bheki Cele has emerged as a key lobbyist for the "Anyone But Zuma" grouping in KwaZulu-Natal. ANC stalwart and former cabinet minister Pallo Jordan this week added his voice to those calling for change in the party."

At a remembrance of the Marikana Massacre three years ago, only the DA and the EFF turned up at Wonderkop. There was no trace of the government or the scared ANC. DA leader Mmusi Maimane told the workers:Zuma’s place is in jail

"President Jacob Zuma's place is in jail; he should pay back the money used to upgrade his home. The widows of our brothers who were killed have suffered enough and we will fight that they get compensated," he said.

"This ANC government is protecting one person - President Zuma - instead of protecting the people of South Africa."

It is clear from this article in the Sunday Times that South Africans are of all walks and life are now openly talking about withholding taxes and even open revolution.

Why pay taxes to thieves?

“The government admits we lose R30-billion a year to corruption, but our finance minister wants to increase taxes on an already overtaxed middle class to raise R27-billion over the next two years.”

“It is time for a middle class revolution.” – says fed up Dave Harris, Craighall Park

“Arrest the thieves and taxes will be safe.” -  Jack, by e-mail

I fully agree that Zuma should go, but I disagree with Beke Cele on “Anyone but Zuma”.

Eight years ago I wrote an article for SA Sucks called It was just time for a change

I can still remember how euphoric the whites were back then that Thabo Mbeki was replaced by Zuma and the folly of “just wanting a change.”…what if that change was worse? Nevertheless, prominent Afrikaners like  Steve Hofmeyer and Dan Roodt went to braai with Zuma. Dr. Johann Wingard (former chairman of the Volkstaat council) publicly attacked me on “Global Politician” and sang the praises of Zuma and his “University of Robben Island Education”. What an utter fool he must feel today. You can read his drivel here

Nevertheless, in my article I made a list of predictions. Half came true under Zuma so far, the other half is just a matter of time. I ended it with the words, “Bad just got worse!”

I was right. Zuma turned out to be ten times worse than Thabo Mbeki. So will Kgalema Motlanthe, a former MK terrorist who spent ten years on Robben Island be worse than Zuma. So will Cyril Ramaphosa, former trade unionist and committed Socialist be ten times worse than Zuma.

People should not get false hope when Zuma falls. Changing the top of the ANC will not make the ANC better. The entire useless ANC terrorist regime should go. They should be tried in a court of law and thrown in jail for all the Murder, rape, theft, corruption and mismanagement they have subjected South Africans to.


22 August 2015

Useless ANC getting their educational priorities straight

By Mike Smith

23nd of August 2015

All I can say is, “Thank God I had Apartheid Education.”

Call for gay sex education in schools

SA schools don't teach all 11 official languages, but are going to teach Mandarin

South African mathematics, science education ranked worst in the world

No money for road signs? We'll see...

By Mike Smith

22nd of August 2015

I wonder if there is anything they won’t steal…

Corrupt ANC stealing road sign money


Sarah Baartman district
Of the R4.7 million awarded to the racist BBBEE company Rainbow Civils only R150,000 was allocated to the entire Sarah Baartman District which includes Port Elizabeth…and Ward 30…where the ANC has just recently lost a previous stronghold to the UDM in a humiliating by election.

UDM win reduces ANC majority in Nelson Mandela Bay council

In typical loser fashion the freeloading DA leader in the Eastern Cape, Athol Trollip, who only managed to get 9% of the vote, said that the election result will send a shockwave through the ANC

Makes one think of the elephant and the mouse who walked across a wooden bridge and when they got to the other side the mouse said, "Man we really had that bridge rocking and swaying didn't we?"

Nevertheless, how do we get the ANC to spend more money on road signs? I have a few ideas…By the time we are finished them, they will be bankrupt and there will be no more money to steal. They will have to change all the signs on posts and clean all the signs off the roads in the whole country. If they have enough personnel and time to do it all, is another question. Remember we want to overload the system and bring it down.

And while we are at it, we can change all the road signs and town names back to what they were. It is our tax money that paid for it all anyway. Stuff them. Every act of defiance is a mini revolution. We will take our country back…even if it is one road at a time.

In hoc signo vinces!

 
 
 

20 August 2015

The structure of the resistance campaign

By Mike Smith

20th of August 2015

To most people it always seems as if a revolution was simple. As if people fed up with the oppressive regime spontaneously went onto the streets one day and deposed the dictator.

This perception is however, wrong and it is the same mistake the Syrians made in 2011.

When the Tunisians staged the Jasmine Revolution on the 17th of December 2010, it started the “Arab Spring”.

Within less than a month, dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali was deposed and fled with his wife to Saudi Arabia. It looked so easy.

Because of fierce football rivalry between Tunisians and Egyptians, the Egyptians did not want to be outdone so started their revolution on the 25th of January 2011 and 18 days later, Dictator Hosni Mubarak was deposed.

Fuelled by the success of the seemingly easy manner the Tunisian and Egyptian revolts went, the Syrians thought they could simply do the same, i.e. go on the streets with no plan, protest a bit, say “BOO” and Dictator Bashar al Assad would run away.

Needless to say, this ended up in a disaster. Almost five years later and Syria is gripped in a seemingly endless civil war with thousands dead.

What the Syrians forgot was that Mohamed Adel, leader of the Egyptian youth movement called “The April 6 Movement” and other pro democracy activists were trained by Srdja Popovic and other Otpor! members at CANVAS in Serbia three years prior to the revolt. Gene Sharp’s book, “From dictatorship to democracy” was translated into Arabic and freely circulated in Cairo.

The Egyptians structured and planned their campaign and educated people over two years before what we saw on television, namely masses of people on the streets.

Incidentally “The April 6 Movement” uses the same clenched fist symbol as us, the one from Otpor!

There is no leader

Forget about a “Messiah”  leader  like Jesus or Moses who led the Israelites to the Promised Land. There is not going to be one. There is not going to be a “General De la Rey” on his horse coming from the Western Transvaal to lead the Boers, as Afrikaans singer Bok van Blerk sings… And besides, you don’t want one.

A leader is a target. You don’t give a dictator a target you give him a dilemma. You suck him into a void and let him chase what is not there.

The dictatorship has an uncanny habit of going after leaders of organizations that oppose it. Having one strong leader is a weak link for the organisation. He can be arrested, kidnapped, bribed, coerced or assassinated and the organization can disintegrate. Even a good leader can sometimes take bad decisions, like General Piet Cronje at the Battle of Paardeberg where he surrendered with 4000 men, a tenth of the Boer army.

People need to unite around an idea, not a single leader. Our idea is "Our vision of tomorrow".

The dictator cannot arrest what is not there and how is he going to arrest an idea?

That does not mean the democracy movement is leaderless. What you need is “a network of leaders” in a cell structure. 200 cells of say 10 people each is a total of 2000 activists across the country that can train more and more activists and create split off cells.

All are operating independently from each other, using the same symbols and united around the same idea. If one person falls out there are hundreds more to take his/her place and the movement does not come to a halt, but carries on and grows. Each group executing their own little acts of defiance and mini-revolutions .

The cell group structure has another advantage. It creates competition. The one group always thinks it can outdo the other group in bravery and acts of defiance until critical mass is reached. That is when you go out onto the streets.

This structure is much more resilient, because the dictator cannot arrest everyone. The cell structure was also used by the ANC during Apartheid. Funny enough, many churches including the NG Kerk (Dutch Reform Church) use a Cell group structure for home churches so this is something quite familiar to many in SA.

A typical cell group is made up of 6-12 members with a leader. When the group grows bigger it splits into two, and those two into two, etc.

A group of viruses invading a body does not have a leader . Fleas on a dog does not have a leader, but their collective and constant biting will drive the dog insane, haemorrhage it and eventually kill it. It is what Robert Taber called The War of the Flea

Secrecy or openness?

Let’s face it…if the dictator wants to find out what the opposition is planning, it will. It is often impossible to keep the political police and intelligence agents from learning about intentions and plans.

Secrecy is not only rooted in fear, but contributes to fear which dampens the spirit of resistance. It leads to mistrust, suspicions and accusations often unjustified, within the movement, concerning who is an informer or agent for the regime and who is not.

In contrast, openness regarding intentions and plans will not only have the opposite effects, but will contribute to an image of fearlessness and that the resistance movement is in fact extremely powerful. It has nothing to hide. It is exercising its constitutional rights to peaceful assembly, demonstration, picket and petition (section 17 of the Bill of Rights), Freedom of expression (section 16), political rights (section 19), etc.

Having said that, there are significant aspects of resistance activities that may require secrecy. A thorough assessment of these aspects will be needed.

For instance, the editing, printing, and distribution of underground publications, the use of radio broadcasts from within the country, and the gathering of intelligence about the operations of the dictatorship are among the special limited types of activities where a high degree of secrecy will be required. We fear naught, but God.

19 August 2015

The ANC: Up Shit Creek and no paddle

Lichtenburg Shit Creek
By Mike Smith

18th of August 2015

It just disgusting the levels the ANC drags the country down to. During the time of Apartheid they said that whites were keeping blacks down and in areas not fit for human habitation.

I tell you what…during Apartheid we never had rivers of shit flowing through the country. Now it is a common scene like recently in Jeffreys Bay and now in Lichtenburg in the North West province.

Aerial photos reveal extent of sewage crisis in North West

I love the way the newspaper says, “The cause of the problem is a faulty sewage plant.”

Horseshit! The cause of the problem is the faulty ANC government. For two years now they have been warned about the problem and did nothing. Now they don’t know what to do and don’t care either. They don’t care if the residents get e.coli, cholera, hepatitis, whatever…All they are interested in is “Da Munneys!”

As usual, the ANC says things are not that bad.

Maybe they are right. Shit is very useful.

You can smoke shit, buy shit, sell shit, lose shit, find shit, forget shit, and tell others to eat shit…like I do with the useless and incompetent ANC.

If the ANC actually knew their shit, this shit would not have happened, but it is because they are a bunch of cowardly chicken shits who can only throw shit at airports and statues and dip-shits who cannot tell the difference between peanut butter and shit that this disastrous shit has happened.

Now that they find themselves in deep shit and the shit has hit the fan they duck and are trying to cover it up with bullshit and want to convince us that we are all happy like pigs in shit…except the blacks of course, because we white shits have too much shit and the poor black shits do not have enough shit…and the liberal shit-for-brains believe all this weird shit.

Truth is that everything the ANC touches turns to shit with the result that the ordinary citizen goes bat shit and ape shit, but I don’t really give a shit, because I have told them so many times that you get what you vote for and if you vote for the ANC again…you will just get a different day, but the same old shit.


18 August 2015

Non-violent resistance - Ghandi and the Salt march: A Case study



“The only tyrant I accept in this world is the 'still small voice' within me. And even though I have to face the prospect of being a minority of one, I humbly believe I have the courage to be in such a hopeless minority.” ― Mahatma Gandhi, The Essential Gandhi: An Anthology of His Writings on His Life, Work, and Ideas.


Ghandi and the Salt march
(From: The 33 Strategies of War, Robert Greene, 2006, Pg 420-423)

In December 1929 the group of Englishmen who governed India were feeling a little nervous. The Indian National Congress--the country's main independence movement--had just broken off talks over the proposal that Britain would gradually return autonomous rule to the subcontinent.

Instead the Congress was now calling for nothing less than immediate and total independence, and it had asked Mahatma Gandhi to lead a civil-disobedience campaign to initiate this struggle.

Gandhi, who had studied law in London years before, had invented a form of passive-resistant protest in 1906, while working as a barrister in South Africa.

In India in the early 1920s, he had led civil-disobedience campaigns against the British that had created quite a stir, had landed him in prison, and had made him the most revered man in the country.

For the British, dealing with him was never easy; despite his frail appearance, he was uncompromising and relentless.

Although Gandhi believed in and practiced a rigorous form of non-violence, the colonial officers of the British Raj were fearful: at a time when the English economy was weak, they imagined him organizing a boycott of British goods, not to mention mass demonstrations in the streets of India's cities, a police nightmare.

The man in charge of the Raj's strategy in combating the independence movement was the viceroy of India, Lord Edward Irwin. Although Irwin admired Gandhi personally, he had decided to respond to him rapidly and with force--he could not let the situation get out of hand. He waited anxiously to see what Gandhi would do.

The weeks went by, and finally, on March 2, Irwin received a letter from Gandhi--rather touching in its honesty--that revealed the details of the civil-disobedience campaign he was about to launch.

It was to be a protest against the salt tax. The British held a monopoly on India's production of salt, even though it could easily be gathered by anyone on the coast. They also levied a rather high tax on it. This was quite a burden for the poorest of the poor in India, for whom salt was their only condiment.

Gandhi planned to lead a march of his followers from his ashram near Bombay (present-day Mumbai) to the coastal town of Dandi, where he would gather sea salt left on the shore by the waves and encourage Indians everywhere to do the same. All this could be prevented, he wrote to Irwin, if the viceroy would immediately repeal the salt tax.

Irwin read this letter with a sense of relief. He imagined the sixty-year-old Gandhi, rather fragile and leaning on a bamboo cane, leading his ragtag followers from his ashram--fewer than eighty people-- on a two-hundred-mile march to the sea, where he would gather some salt from the sands.

Compared to what Irwin and his staff had been expecting, the protest seemed almost ludicrously small in scale. What was Gandhi thinking? Had he lost touch with reality? Even some members of the Indian National Congress were deeply disappointed by his choice of protest.

In any event, Irwin had to rethink his strategy. It simply would not do to harass or arrest this saintly old man and his followers (many of them women). That would look very bad. It would be better to leave him alone, avoiding the appearance of a heavy-handed response and letting the crisis play out and die down. In the end the ineffectiveness of this campaign would somewhat discredit Gandhi, breaking his spell over the Indian masses. The independence movement might fracture or at least lose some momentum, leaving England in a stronger position in the long run.

As Irwin watched Gandhi's preparations for the march, he became still more convinced that he had chosen the right strategy.

Gandhi was framing the event as almost religious in quality, like Lord Buddha's famous march to attain divine wisdom, or Lord Rama's retreat in the Ramayana. His language became increasingly apocalyptic: "We are entering upon a life-and-death struggle, a holy war."

This seemed to resonate with the poor, who began to flock to Gandhi's ashram to hear him speak. He called in film crews from all over the world to record the march, as if it were a momentous historical event.

Irwin himself was a religious man and saw himself as the representative of a God-fearing, civilized nation. It would redound to England's credit to be seen to leave this saintly man untouched on his procession to the sea.

Gandhi and his followers left their ashram on March 12, 1930. As the group passed from village to village, their ranks began to swell. With each passing day, Gandhi was bolder. He called on students throughout India to leave their studies and join him in the march. Thousands responded. Large crowds gathered along the way to see him pass; his speeches to them grew more and more inflammatory. He seemed to be trying to bait the English into arresting him.

On April 6 he led his followers into the sea to purify themselves, then collected some salt from the shore.

Word quickly spread throughout India that Gandhi had broken the salt law. Irwin followed these events with increasing alarm. It dawned on him that Gandhi had tricked him: instead of responding quickly and decisively to this seemingly innocent march to the sea, the viceroy had left Gandhi alone, allowing the march to gain momentum.

The religious symbolism that seemed so harmless had stirred the masses, and the salt issue had somehow become a lightning rod for disaffection with English policy.

Gandhi had shrewdly chosen an issue that the English would not recognize as threatening but that would resonate with Indians. Had Irwin responded by arresting Gandhi immediately, the whole thing might have died down. Now it was too late; to arrest him at this point would only add fuel to the fire. Yet to leave him alone would show weakness and cede him the initiative.

Meanwhile nonviolent demonstrations were breaking out in cities and villages all over India, and to respond to them with violence would only make the demonstrators more sympathetic to moderate Indians. Whatever Irwin did, it seemed, would make things worse. And so he fretted, held endless meetings, and did nothing.

In the days to come, the cause rippled outward. Thousands of Indians traveled to India's coasts to collect salt as Gandhi had. Large cities saw mass demonstrations in which this illegal salt was given away or sold at a minimal price. One form of nonviolent protest cascaded into another--a Congress-led boycott of British goods, for one.

Finally, on Irwin's orders, the British began to respond to the demonstrations with force. And on May 4 they arrested Gandhi and took him to prison, where he would stay for nine months without trial.

Gandhi's arrest sparked a conflagration of protest. On May 21 a group of 2,500 Indians marched peacefully on the government's Dharasana Salt Works, which was defended by armed Indian constables and British officers.

When the marchers advanced on the factory, they were struck down with steel-plated clubs.

Instructed in Gandhi's methods of nonviolence, the demonstrators made no attempt to defend themselves, simply submitting to the blows that rained down on them. Those who had not been hit continued to march until almost every last one had been clubbed.

It was a nauseating scene that got a great deal of play in the press. Similar incidents all over India helped to destroy the last sentimental attachment any Indians still had toward England.

To end the spiraling unrest, Irwin was finally forced to negotiate with Gandhi, and, on several issues, to give ground--an unprecedented event for an English imperialist viceroy.

Although the end of the Raj would take several years, the Salt March would prove to be the beginning of the end, and in 1947 the English finally left India without a fight.

Leftist fear, paranoia and the undermining of our rights

By Mike Smith

18th of August 2015

I fail to understand why people can fear athe ANC regime when in fact all evidence shows that the fear is the other way around.

All you have to do is to look at what the ANC regime is busy with and you will spot their paranoia and Angst. They are the casualties of a pernicious societal conditioning that leads them to fear almost everything. They see evil monsters hiding behind every bush and under every rock. As a result, these irrational fears drive them to attempt to create a safe, collective utopia at the expense of individual liberty, where all of their imagined evil monsters can be slain. It is this paranoid compulsion for safety-through-control (reactive collectivism) that destroys individual liberty and drags the country down.

The other day there was a story about a cellphone-tracking and super spying device that the ANC said was a threat to SA

The discovery is creating sleepless nights for South African intelligence officials. Impeccable sources told The Sunday Independent that, among other things, the spying device had been used in tender-rigging, blackmail of people in powerful positions, and gaining information to influence decisions.

Behind it are three men, one of whom was a top businessman in the gold industry who were dramatically arrested at Irene Mall. The device was paid for with money from a private trust owned by a businessman from Welkom, but managed by a farmer also based in the area. The businessman, who has more than 71 enterprises in his name, has been getting multimillion-rand government tenders.

Makes you wonder what the ANC is busy with behind our backs. They are so shit scared that their corrupt wheelings and dealings will come out that they see it as a threat to South Africa, because if they get deposed they will probably “go back to the bush” and start a war. Nevertheless, An intelligence operative who wanted to remain anonymous said it was the first time since the arrest of the Boeremag members that the sovereignty of the state had been compromised in such a serious manner.

Then there is the head of the SABC, mouthpiece of the ANC, Hlaudi Motsoeneng who reckons that journalism professors are poisoning the minds of the students and called for the media to be regulated

He didn’t like 702’s political editor, “because he has a weakness of having his own views”.

So which views should he have? The ANC’s?

He also doesn’t like journalists exposing ANC corruption. Says he: "That is any journalist. When you talk about a good story, it's corruption for them. We need to change the mindset of journalists."

Eh-huh. OK.

And so I can go on. Behind every decision of the ANC you will see a heap of paranoia and fear. They dumb the education system down, because they fear somebody being clever enough to see through their lies and bullshit.

They refuse to create jobs, because they fear that people who are independent and successful won’t need them for grants anymore and might vote them out. It is in their interest to keep people poor.

They want media tribunals, secrecy bills, and more recently, regulate and censor the internet…All to protect the kids of course, but “Hate speech and racist content have also been covered by the draft online policy.”

Internet censorship bill has been approved by government

Then they should block all access to any government website seeing that every single one is polluted with racial classification forms and racist policies of AA, BEE and racial quotas apply. The ANC is the most racist and hypocritical government this country has ever seen.

Gavin Davis, the Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow minister for communications said, “This opens the door for the state to impinge on citizens’ constitutional right to freedom of expression and to impart information.”

Of course it does. It shows you what the ANC is scared of. They are worried that we could freely share ideas.

“Yes, the bill has not yet come before Parliament so there will be opportunity to amend it,” Davis told Fin24.

Sorry come again? Amend it? It just shows you that the “opposition” DA is not entirely against the laws impinging on our constitutional rights. I bet you every single DA member secretly votes for the ANC. The DA is nothing else but the ANC in drag.

These bunch of leftists are all the same. They are all Communist totalitarians who constantly want to undermine the constitution and want to take the citizen’s rights away, only different degrees of it.

Nevertheless, once you know what they fear the most, it becomes quite easy to exploit their fears and increase the paranoia to the point of driving them insane.

17 August 2015

Political defiance and the importance of branding

By Mike Smith

18th of August 2015

I see my “Resistance” logo has been positively received and some suggested it to be made into bumper stickers…which I think is an excellent idea!

However the clenched fist symbol is not entirely my own design and dates back to ancient Assyria. This one comes from the Otpor! Logo in Serbia and since 2000 used by resistance movements all over the world in different forms. There is no patent on it and Canvas actually encourages its use for anyone who wants to get rid of a dictatorship. It can be easily cut out into a stencil and used for spray painting.

The actual drawing was a product of a man in love. Young designer Nenad "Duda" Petrović and
friend of Srdja Popovic, was asked by a girl to design a logo and to impress her he came up with the clenched fist which he copied from the Suruman the Wise character in Lord of the Rings holding his sceptre.

The guys at Otpor!/Canvas are all Lord of the Ring fans and as you know, J.R.R. Tolkien was born on 3 January 1892 in the Boer Republic of the Orange Free State when his father was British bank manager there. So the inspiration came a full circle from South Africa back to South Africa.

In his book, “Blueprint for Revolution”, Srdja Popovic mentions the importance of branding.

There is a reason why you buy and smoke Marlboros or drink Coca Cola. You associate the branding with something like, “It is the best cigarettes in the world” or “it is the best drink”. Maybe it is because of the coolness of the Marlboro man or the young spirited people in the Coke ads.

The ANC dictatorship has spin-doctors, propagandists, poster designers, etc and despite all their corruption, nepotism, mismanagement, social injustice, violence and fear, millions of people still go along with them. Why?

Because in a dictatorship there aren’t any other brands.

We want a brand that is better than that of the dictator. All brands require advertising, which relies on symbols. People unite around symbols. That is why people get so emotional about the Springbok emblem on the jersey being shoved sideways.

The clenched fist in Serbia, the roses in Georgia, the colour orange in the Ukraine, The colour yellow in the Philippines, Burma’s saffron revolution, are all examples of the uniting power of symbols.

Besides. Spreading our branding is a good starting point. It is something everyone, from school kids to the elderly can do.

You might not be able to get 30 people together, but with a stencil and a spray-can you can spray 300 clenched fists all over town in one night. Every time you take an elevator you slap a clenched fist sticker against the side. Behind the doors in the toilets at the pub or restuarant. It is branding. It is advertising.

It is something new, something hip and it looks cool and intelligent with the play on words. People see it and connect with it people want to be part of it.

Apart from the unifying effect it has on the people, it serves another important function.

Remember those pillars of support and overloading the system? Well, this creates another dilemma for the dictator. He is going to want to go around and wash it all off. If he does, he will look foolish, paranoid and scared. If he doesn’t, the amount of symbols will just grow. He can even try to ban the symbol, which will just make it worse, because nothing is more popular than something that is banned…They can also ban the flag, but they cannot ban the colours orange, white and blue!

So you have my FULL permission to use this symbol and its colours. Make as many bumper stickers out of it as you want. Sell it if you want. Just do it.

I want to see this clenched fist resistance symbol all over town, not just on bumpers. I want it everywhere where there are loads of people. I want it at the train stations, in the roads, against the highway fly-overs, sprayed in school and on university campusses, scratched in the sand on the beach, etched in metal with acid, packed out with stones and routed on wooden doors.

Burn it with a hot iron rod in leather. I don’t care if you write it with an airplane in the sky. Make it part of your Facebook page, on Twitter or Whatsapp it to everyone. Print your own labels, dish it out at Steve’s concert. Paint it on your face at the Rugby or on your ass and moon it. Spread it as far and wide as possible and once you have done it, I just have one request, post the pics on Facebook or send it to me and I will post it.

Then I have another request. All the graphic artists and Photoshop experts who can make the symbol more hipper or three dimensional looking can send us more pictures and symbols and we can post them up too.

So buy some cans of paint, make a stencil and go out there and have fun! And don’t forget to send in the pics ;-)


15 August 2015

Samuel Adams the original blogger and the American Revolution - A case study in Political Defiance

By Mike Smith
15th of August 2015





Samuel Adams the original blogger and the American Revolution.
(From: 33 Strategies of War , Robert Greene, 2006, Pg 217-219)

As a young man, Samuel Adams (1722-1803) of colonial-era Boston developed a dream: the American colonies, he believed, should one day win complete independence from England and establish a government based on the writings of the English philosopher John Locke.

According to Locke, a government should reflect the will of its citizens; a government that did not do so had lost its right to exist.

Adams had inherited a brewery from his father, but he did not care about business, and while the brewery veered toward bankruptcy, he spent his time writing articles on Locke and the need for independence.

He was an excellent writer, good enough to get his articles published, but few took his ideas seriously: he seemed to rant, to be somewhat out of touch with the world. He had that obsessive glint in the eye that makes people think you're a crackpot.

The problem was that the ties between England and America were strong; the colonists did have their grievances, but there was hardly a clamor for independence.

Adams began to have bouts of depression; his self-appointed mission seemed hopeless.

The British desperately needed money from the colonies, and in 1765 they passed a law called the Stamp Act: to make any document legal, American businesses would be required to purchase and affix to it a stamp of the British crown.

The colonists were growing ticklish about the taxes they paid to England; they saw the Stamp Act as a new kind of tax in disguise, and a few disgruntled voices were raised in urban taverns.

Even so, for most the issue seemed minor--but Adams saw the Stamp Act as the opportunity he had been waiting for his whole life. It gave him something tangible to attack, and he flooded newspapers throughout the colonies with editorials, all fulminating against the act. Without consulting the colonies, he wrote, England was imposing a new kind of tax, and this, in a memorable phrase, was taxation without representation, the first step toward tyranny.

These editorials were so well written and so audacious in their criticisms that many began to take a closer look at the Stamp Act, and they did not like what they saw.

Adams had never previously gone beyond writing articles, but now that he had lit this fire of discontent, he saw the urgency in stoking it further with action.

For many years he had fraternized with working-class people considered riffraff by polite society--dockworkers and the like; now he banded these men into an organization called the Sons of Liberty.

The group marched through the streets of Boston shouting a slogan Adams had coined: "Liberty, property, and no stamps!"

They burned effigies of political figures who had promoted the Stamp Act. They distributed pamphlets containing Adams's arguments against the act. They also worked to intimidate the future distributors of the stamps, even going so far as to destroy one of their offices. The more dramatic the action, the more publicity Adams would earn, publicity into which he could insert arguments against the act.

Having gained momentum, the relentless Adams would not stop. He organized a statewide work stoppage for the day the act was to become law: shops would close, the courts would be empty. Since no business would be conducted in Massachusetts, no stamps would be purchased. The boycott was massively successful.

Adams's articles, demonstrations, and boycott made a splash in England, and there were members of Parliament who sympathized with the colonists and spoke out against the Stamp Act. Finally King George III had had enough, and in April 1766 the act was repealed.

Americans rejoiced at their first show of power. The British were smarting from their defeat, however, and the following year they sneaked in another series of indirect taxes known as the Townshend System.

Clearly they had underestimated their enemy: Adams went to war.

As he had with the Stamp Act, he wrote countless articles on the nature of the taxes the English had tried to disguise, once again stirring up anger.

He also organized further demonstrations by the Sons of Liberty, now more menacing and violent than ever--in fact, the English were forced to send troops to Boston to keep the peace.

This had been Adams's goal all along; he had ratcheted up the tension. Belligerent encounters between the Sons of Liberty and the English troops put the soldiers on edge, and finally a nervous group of them fired into a crowd, killing several Bostonians. Adams called this the Boston Massacre and spread fiery word of it throughout the colonies.

With the people of Boston now bubbling with anger, Adams organized another boycott: no citizen of Massachusetts, not even a prostitute, would sell anything to British soldiers. No one would rent them lodgings. They were shunned in the streets and taverns; even eye contact was avoided.

All of this had a demoralizing effect on the British soldiers. Feeling isolated and antagonized, many of them began to desert or find ways to be sent home.

News of the problems in Massachusetts spread north and south; colonists everywhere began to talk about Britain's actions in Boston, its use of force, its hidden taxes, its patronizing attitude.

Then, in 1773, Parliament passed the Tea Act, on the surface a rather harmless attempt to solve the economic problems of the East India Company by giving it a virtual monopoly on the sale of tea in the colonies.

The law also levied a nominal tax, but, even so, it would have made tea cheaper in the colonies, because the middlemen--the colonial importers--were to be cut out.

The Tea Act, however, was deceptive in its effect, and confusing, and Adams saw in it a chance to apply the coup de grace: it would ruin many colonial tea importers, and it did include a hidden tax, yet another form of taxation without representation. In exchange for cheaper tea, the English were making a mockery of democracy.

In language more fiery than ever, Adams began to turn out articles opening up the old wounds from the Stamp Act and the Boston Massacre.

When East India Company ships began to arrive in Boston at the end of that year, Adams helped to organize a nationwide boycott of their tea. No dockworker would unload the cargo, no warehouse would store it.

Then, one night in mid-December, after Adams had addressed a town meeting about the Tea Act, a group of members of the Sons of Liberty-- disguised as Mohawk Indians, body paint and all-- erupted in war whoops, charged to the wharves, boarded the tea ships, and destroyed their cargo, cutting open the cases of tea and pouring them into the harbor, all of this done with great revelry.

This provocative act, which later became known as the Boston Tea Party, was the turning point. The British could not tolerate it and quickly closed down Boston harbor and imposed military law on Massachusetts.

Now all doubt vanished: pushed into a corner by Adams, the British were acting just as tyrannically as he had prophesied they would. The heavy military presence in Massachusetts was predictably unpopular, and it was only a matter of months before violence erupted: in April 1775, English soldiers fired on Massachusetts militiamen in Lexington.

This "shot heard 'round the world" became the spark for the war that Adams had so diligently worked to kindle out of nothing.

14 August 2015

Non-violent political defiance as the only viable option to change in South Africa

“Political Defiance, like military struggle, is both an art and a science. To be effective, it must be studied and carried out with skill and discipline.” Colonel Robert Helvey - President of the Albert Einstein Institution as of 2006.

By Mike Smith

14th of August 2015

A 2011 study of 323 civil resistance campaigns around the world between 1900 and 2006 by two US researchers, Erica Chenoweth and Maria J Stephan, found that nonviolent campaigns were successful in 53% of cases, and violent ones in only 26%. Moreover, only 4% of violent regime changes ended up in a functioning democracy, compared with 42% of non-violent regime changes.

Meet Dr Gene Sharp




In 1993, Dr. Gene Sharp, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, was approached by an exiled Burmese journalist to help bring the world’s longest running Civil War to an end by deposing their Military junta and installing a democracy.

At the time the rebels have been fighting in the jungles of Burma for decades and have lost thousands of soldiers. They were desperate for an alternative way to violence and war.

Gene Sharp did not know the Burmese and their conflict very well, but 20 years earlier in 1973 he wrote a book (in three volumes) called The politics of non-violent action based on his 1968 doctoral thesis at Oxford University which he decided to condense for the Burmese.

The result was a little booklet of about 80 pages called From dictatorship to democracy which can be freely downloaded from his organization’s website.

This little book has since been translated into 30 languages and is found on all the continents. It has inspired revolutions from Serbia and Iceland to the Arab spring. It is the equivalent of an atomic bomb and feared by dictators the world over. It is a recipe, a blueprint of how to overthrow a dictator by using peaceful means.

Gene Sharp has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times.

As you are reading this, the principles in Gene Sharp’s book is being used against dictatorships in Syria, in Russia, in Turkey, in Zimbabwe, in the Maldives, etc…

It explains how people can overcome their fear of a dictatorship and unite.

It explains the sources of power and the pillars of support a dictator relies on to stay in power and how to undermine these pillars to bring the dictator to a fall.

And then it gives guidelines on how to install a democracy.

See, people always think that political power is monolithic with a pyramid structure that cannot be toppled over, only the capstone (the leader) can be changed every now and again.

However, this is false. Political power is based on four major pillars of support,

1) Control of bureaucracy (the civil service)
2) Control of the group mind (media, schools, universities, etc)
3) Control of the economy (business, commercial institutions, taxation)
4) Control of the means of violence ( army, police, etc)

Without the obedience and support of the people in these pillars the dictator cannot stay in power. If you take these pillars of support away, the dictator falls.

Gene Sharp mentions 198 methods of how to do this, but there are many more and every revolution invents new ones.

Basically the idea is not to push the pillars over or even destroy them. You want to pull these pillars out from underneath the dictator to your side, supporting the democracy. How do you do it? You co-opt them.

For instance. Take the police. You assure them that you do not want to fight them, because the people and the police are both victims of the same dictatorship. There is no point in two victims fighting each other. On set of victims wears blue uniforms the other wears blue jeans.

The police are human too. They also have wives, children, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and friends who are part of the people suffering under the dictator. They cannot fight their own people.

You get old women to bake cookies and dish it out to the police. You get pretty young girls to deliver flowers to the police. You get young men to offer them cigarettes…You don’t throw stones at the police…ever.

You do this with all the pillars of support and the dictator is in trouble. You don’t even have to worry about forcing him into a corner where he is forced to resign. You take his pillars of support away, he simply falls and disintegrates. He doesn’t even have the power to resign.

Dictators always appear strong, until the last ten minutes.

Don’t think that this is easy and there is no guarantee that the dictator is going to accept this peacefully. He WILL fight back and probably use violence. He might even kill people.

Even if he kills a hundred or two hundred people, it is still a lot less dead people than in a guerilla war.

When the dictator is faced with civil disobedience he is faced with a dilemma. If he cracks down and uses violence, he will lose more support. If he does nothing, he also loses more support.

Political Ju Jitsu

When people are being slaughtered and beaten it causes a process of “political Ju jitsu”. The opponent’s strength is used against him to undermine the opponent. It alienates more people from the regime and strengthens and mobilizes people into the active resistance. Violence has a backlash effect. The regime is so brutal that instead of intimidating people like the regime intends, it causes other population groups and institutions to withdraw their co-operation, support and obedience to the regime which leads to the regimes loss of control and more people joining the resistance.

Make no mistake. We are preparing for a war here. A war against a totalitarian dictatorship. An “armed” struggle for a true democracy. Just because you choose “Non-violence” as a method of war does not mean that you are not fighting hard. You just fight with different weapons. In this kind of struggle you fight with psychological weapons, social weapons, economic weapons and political weapons and this is ultimately more powerful against oppression, injustice and tyranny than violence.

You can watch the full Bafta award winning documentary on Gene Sharp here.

How to start a revolution

The Serbian Revolution of 2000.

In 1998, Srđa Popović, a Serbian university student and a few friends discussed the government’s controversial university law and the banning of three daily newspapers that were critical of the genocidal and dictatorial Milosevic regime.

They knew that the opposition parties were in disarray and all too busy fighting each other to have any impact against the dictatorship, but how could they, a bunch of kids with no money, do anything against the mighty Milosovic regime? They got hold of Gene Sharp’s book 2From dictatorship to democracy.

Despite how dark the future looked, they started an organization called Otpor! meaning “Resistance!” in Serbian.

”Otpor! Was just a bunch of kids tired of a dictatorship and wanted to do something about it” …As Srđa Popović said:

“Looking around the room at one of our meetings, we realized that we were a bunch of Serbian kids, and rather than focus on what we had going for us, we began obsessing about everything we didn’t have. We didn’t have an army. We didn’t have a lot of money (about $50). We had no access to media, which was virtually all state-run. The dictator, we realized, had both a vision and the means to make it come true; his means involved instilling fear. We had a much better vision, but we thought on that grim evening, no way of turning it into a reality. It was then that we came up with the smiling barrel.”

The smiling barrel

They took an empty oil barrel, stuck a picture of the dictator on it and parked it off in the middle of the CBD of Belgrade. Next to it they left a baseball bat and invited people to hit the face of the dictator for one Dinar. Then they sat back drinking coffee and watched how the police came and arrested the barrel filming everything.

They went on a campaign of fun, humour and rock concerts and made the government look like idiots. People lost their fear of the dictatorship and united.

Within two years “Otpor!” Had 70,000 members. In October 2000 after waging a well planned, non-violent struggle, they overthrew Slobodan Milosevic by peaceful means.

You can watch the brilliant documentary here: Bringing down a dictator

Today, Srđa Popović, runs the follow up of “Otpor!” named Canvas (Centre for Applied Nonviolent Action and Strategies) together with his friend Slobodan Đinović.

Srdja Popovic is also the author of “Blueprint for Revolution” and Slobodan Đinović is the main funder of Canvas currently funding about 50% of Canvas. CANVAS does not accept funding from individual governments.

The clenched fist symbol of Otpor! , designed by Nenad "Duda" Petrović, is not patented and CANVAS has, in fact, welcomed the reuse of the symbol by resistance movements in any nonviolent struggle, including those with whom the organization has had no direct contact. It depicts the hand of Saruman the White (from Lord of the Rings) clenched around his scepter.

CANVAS has worked with pro-democracy activists from more than 50 countries, promoting the use of non-violent resistance in achieving political and social goals. Their workshops are free and their material can be freely downloaded from their website

The repressive governments of Belarus and Iran, as well as former Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, have accused CANVAS of being a "revolution-exporter". CANVAS has been listed as a terrorist organization by United Arab Emirates.

Point is, people living under dictatorships need not remain weak, and dictators need not be allowed to remain powerful indefinitely. Aristotle noted long ago, “. . . Oligarchy and tyranny are shorter-lived than any other constitution. . . . “

Whereas ten years — 1980-1990 — were required to bring down the Communist Dictatorship in Poland, in East Germany and Czechoslovakia in 1989 it occurred within weeks.

In El Salvador and Guatemala in 1944 the struggles against the entrenched brutal military dictators required approximately two weeks each.

The militarily powerful regime of the Shah in Iran was undermined in a few months.

The Marcos dictatorship in the Philippines fell before people power within weeks in 1986 and amazingly even with a very strong ally, the United States government quickly abandoned President Marcos when the strength of the opposition became apparent.

The attempted hard-line coup in the Soviet Union in August 1991 was blocked in days. Thereafter, many of its long dominated constituent nations in only days, weeks, and months regained their independence.