October 9, 2012

Money is a Multiplier

There are many major problems with the culture of the left. One of these problems is a distancing from money.

The roots of this tenuous relationship are certainly honorable. In the culture of empire (civilization), social behaviors that destroy earth and exploit humans are rewarded with money and wealth. Developers, slavers, agriculturalists, factory owners, CEO’s, feudal lords, and capitalists of all sorts: they thrive on the blood of the land, the blood of the people.

Of course, paying jobs exist that do not directly require this sort of exploitation. But regardless, people on the left have been understandably distant from high paying jobs and steady careers. Instead, the trend has been to “drop out” – to find ways of avoiding the necessity of gainful employment.

This manifests in many ways. Many people on the left live in poverty, either voluntary or involuntary. Many of us rely on thrift stores, dumpster diving, squatting, social support programs, or the generosity of friends and family. This is sometimes appropriate. Capitalism is a brutal hierarchy of power, and escaping that system makes sense.

However, withdrawal is not going to save us. Historically, gainful employment within society is a critical element of resistance movements. In America, Abolitionists, Suffragettes, and Irish Republicans are all examples. These organizations encouraged their members and supporters to work and support the movement with sustained funding.

Through international tours, speaking events, advertisements, neighborhood collections, religious institutions, membership dues, and personal appeals, these political activists gathered the resources that they needed to do their work.

Today, the needs of activists are the same. We print materials, pay for travel, advertise, create media, support allies, secure gathering spaces, pay legal costs, gather supplies, and see to the health and hunger of our comrades. Without the funding to support these efforts, serious activist work is impossible.

Social change requires money, and it requires a great deal of money.

Money is a multiplier. It expands the effect of our work many times over. If our resistance is to be successful, it will require many of our supporters to join the ranks of the workforce and contribute substantial amounts. This is a hard role, but vitally important. It is supplying the lifeblood of the resistance.

It is a righteous and honorable path.

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  1. Really? Would it matter what job you take? Anything off the table? Well I guess it wouldn't matter 'cos its all fucked... So I have to keep paying my rent and yours? For that I'd need a well paid job.So I'm thinking you need well established, highly educated anarchist folk to tithe their money to the cause. It would take serious devotion to go through the bullshit of university, develop a career in a lucrative field just to provide resources for others to destroy human civilisation. Sounds like psychic suicide and highly unlikely in any meaningful numbers.

  2. Hello Anonymous,

    Unfortunately, serious resistance to dismantle civilization is unlikely to occur in large numbers no matter what the form. On the other hand, our Decisive Ecological Warfare strategy doesn't require a large number of people to bring down industrial civilization. So small investments to support that work can pay off in a big way.

    The Deep Green Resistance organization operates on a very small budget. One person living simply on a full-time salary could have a lot of money left over to support the movement. And if that level of commitment isn't feasible for someone, even $5/month goes a long way -- much of our support consists of small but valuable donations of this size!