Building trust: The high road for America

Once again in the news there’s another “peaceful protest” organized by various black activist organizations that’s turned violent.  This time it’s Baltimore, MD.  The Last Refuge blog extensively chronicles what they term the “black grievance industry” and noted the alarming ISIS hand signs being flashed by some protestors at the latest rally.  To really understand the spreading mayhem, I recommend reading:  STORM Handbook: “Reclaiming The Revolution (Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement)”  – Published in Spring 2004.   Van Jones, one time Obama nominee to be the Special Advisor on green jobs and avowed Marxist, was one of the key architects of this STORM movement.    Valerie Jarrett, sitting right in the White House, has been a long-time Van Jones supporter.

With escalating racial tensions and ramped up attacks against the police and white people in general, don’t believe that the protests are in reaction to specific incidents.  In my opinion, what’s going on is black activist organizations, quite effectively, are using the STORM playbook to fundamentally transform America.  Along the road, many less radical groups and Americans will be duped into believing the rhetoric, but these will be just more useful idiots, who will be discarded when the “resistance” boils over to the “revolution” stage .  The press will be fed a diet of misinformation to keep them in line too.

To me, the most heartbreaking sight in this ongoing attempt to overthrow the system was seeing a photo of a little girl holding a sign: “Police, Public Enemy #1”  Rest assured, fomenting distrust and racial hatred are, part and parcel, at the heart of the Van Jones and his Marxist friends’ plan.  Most of America will be on the sidelines, because they are deliberately instigating their revolution within America’s failed inner-cities. This general plan of destroying America by creating a race war isn’t anything new, it’s been around decades and used by both white supremacist groups and black activists, using the same old divide and conquer strategy, that’s been around for millennia.  Spreading hate and distrust is the name of the game.  Sadly, we don’t see many Americans trying to bridge the racial divides by doing what it takes to defeat hate.  You’ve got to reach out a hand, refuse to hate and talk to each other.   Yep, we need leaders who will rise above the political posturing and work to build trust between all Americans.

I suggest reading the entire STORM handbook, but here’s where I think they’re at in their plan (pages 53-54):

Moving from Resistance to Revolution

Our commitment to communist politics didn’t give us any easy answers
about what we should be doing to advance a revolutionary movement
in this country. Other organizations with a Marxist analysis seemed to lack a practical program for building the kind of power needed to win
our people’s liberation.

Several of these communist groups emphasized the immediate building of the revolutionary vanguard party. They thought the party should
prepare to seize power when the people “spontaneously” rise up
during imperialism’s inevitable crises. We believed that these groups
had badly misassessed the real state of imperialism and of social
movements. They prematurely anticipated a peoples’ uprising (which
we didn’t see on the immediate horizon) while underestimating the
importance and difficulty of building power in oppressed communities
to lay the groundwork for future uprisings.

Other communist organizations – and many individual activists – were
questioning the possibility of a revolutionary movement ever succeed
-ing. They emphasized immersion in unions and mass struggles to the
exclusion of intentional work to develop a revolutionary movement.

We wanted an approach that resolved the contradiction between the
need for building immediate (and inevitably reform-based) power in
disorganized oppressed communities on the one hand and the need to
lay the ground work for the long-term development of a revolutionary
movement on the other.

To resolve this tension, STORM developed an innovative analysis about
the role of revolutionaries in a non-revolutionary historical period. We
called it “Moving from Resistance to Revolution.”

We concluded that the current period is one of “resistance,” not one
of “revolution.” We thought that the main work of revolutionaries at
such times should be to build resistance fights. These fights would build
power and consciousness in oppressed communities. But revolutionar
-ies must design and craft this “resistance work” so as to help lay the
foundation for the long-term development of a revolutionary move
-ment. As “conscious forces,” we thought that revolutionaries should
work intentionally to help the resistance movement mature into a
revolutionary one.

This “Moving from Resistance to Revolution” framework was STORM’s
attempt to negotiate the contradiction between reformism and ultra-

STORM’s Points of Unity
STORM’s primary unity was around the need for the “liberation and
solidarity for all oppressed people.” For us, this meant that our vision
had to draw on different progressive and revolutionary traditions in
order to address the different forms of oppression facing our people.
As we crafted our second Points of Unity document, six ideas formed
the core of a new, more robust political unity in the group:

  • Revolutionary Democracy:
    the belief that our movement
    will have to replace the falsely-democratic capitalist state with
    a truly democratic people’s government.
  • Revolutionary Feminism:
    the belief that women’s oppression is fundamental to this society and that we have to place
    “Sisters at the Center” of our struggle.
  • Revolutionary Internationalism:
    “the belief that white supremacy is a critical force impacting world politics, and tha
    Third World communities – inside and outside of the United
    States – along with white anti-racist allies need to work in
    solidarity build the power we need to overthrow the global
    system of white supremacy.
  • Central Role of the Working Class:
    the belief that, in order to defeat capitalism and other forms of oppression, the
    working class will have to play the central role in the revolutionary struggle.
  • Urban Marxism:
    the belief that the urban space was now
    the central site of revolutionary struggle, just as the factory
    and the point of production were in the days of Karl Marx.
  • Third World Communism:drawing on the revolutionary communist traditions from Asia, Africa and Latin America, including the recognition of the need for a disciplined revolutionary party rooted among oppressed people.

STORM believed that there were three main strategic tasks facing
revolutionaries in this non-revolutionary period: building an advance-
guard organization, promoting revolutionary ideas and building revolutionary people’s power.

We believed that we needed to help lay the groundwork for an
advance-guard organization to emerge as a future, more powerful form
of revolutionary political organization. Such an organization could help
promising militants to develop as revolutionaries. It could help mass
organizations develop practically and ideologically. And it could develop
and promote lessons and theories from the movement’s experience.

We also believed that it was the task of revolutionaries to promote
revolutionary ideas among oppressed and exploited people. As we did
this, we thought four methods of work would provide the best results:
“observation and participation” (gleaned from our study of the Black
Panther Party for Self-Defense); “the mass line” (as described by Mao
Tse-tung); structured “political education”; and consistent “criticism/
self criticism” to help us constructively evaluate our individual and
group work (this we drew from both Mao and Amilcar Cabral).

Finally, we believed that revolutionaries had to build revolutionary people’s
power. We saw “mass organizations” – fighting organizations made
up of members of the oppressed and exploited sectors of society – as
the key to building this power. We believed that these organizations
would be the main instruments of change in the survival struggles of
this reform period. And, if revolutionaries could successfully use and
develop a revolutionary organizing model, these organizations would
become the main engines of the revolutionary peoples’ struggle.

We believed that these three areas of work would lay the foundation
for a transition from the current reform period into a more intense
stage of the revolutionary struggle


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11 responses to “Building trust: The high road for America

  1. JK

    I leave it to you LB to decide … coincidence?

    (Note the date of the post – the place referenced.)

  2. I remember that post, JK. Coincidence? I doubt very little of the escalating racial divisiveness – not the agitators, the activists, the locations, the situations, the propaganda, nor the collusion within the Obama administration are purely a coincidence.

  3. JK

    I suppose LB you *might guess* why I’d choose what I’m about to place on your site – but it has to do with timestamps more than anything else – I note *better known sites* (perhaps “more frequented” would be a better descriptor be that as it may) …

    Anyway, on the subject of “something that really and actually mattered” I took notice LB – again having to do with timestamps – you didn’t get credited when/where it was actually both deserved and due (I and “others” paying attention to the somewhat to most people esoteric “open-source” stuff, … who/how the twos and twos get first noticed – in the “O’Bagy Instance” though you didn’t make a deal of it at the time – had you been on the staff of a major Media concern rather than, “a simple homemaker/crafter” you might have been considered a worthy candidate for a Pulitzer.

    But alas – not *properly connected* – either by marriage in the elites or in the accredited “networked circles” *others never acknowledged what should’ve been recognized as a “significant put together of the aforementioned two and two which ended ultimately with the resultant four which nobody ever bothered with how that got to that four in the first place.

    “We” notice the Last Refuge LB you’re frequently linking seems not to acknowledge where it gets exactly its Twos and Twos.

    Waka you might notice has in its 4/27/15 post, a second paragraph containing a blockquote. The *majors seemingly (and the Baltimore “Who-Doos”) understandably all seeming in concert to airily dismiss the implication as a simple misunderstanding but for … those inconvenient twos and twos;

    In an interview looking back on his brief Oakland career, he commended his handling of the demonstrations, saying his department had worked with liaisons to the protesters and hung back to allow them as much free expression as possible.

    “We allowed the protesters to start breaking into Foot Locker. They broke into Foot Locker and different places. But we had to do that because we didn’t want to look like this was a police action, where we were responding too soon,” Batts told Oakland North.

    I’m sure Reginald Denny was and continues to be appropriately appreciative of Mr. Batts’ reticence to avoid – much like Mr Batts’ accomplices in the US Government Kabuki Theater US Constitutional Oath Pretense to “Protect and Defend” as the rest of us American Citizens are our elected *Representatives* to do more than Lip Service pretense to the Fourth Amendment.

    And “Who the heck is Mr Batts?” I hear Americans ask.

    I think the United States of America will be understood by my Grandchildren when I tell the of my experiences of the place, as at best an Aesop’s but worse I fear, “A Grim Fairy Tale.”

  4. JK, Thank you for the kind words! I write this blog for personal reasons, not expecting any recognition or notice. That I have some readers is deeply humbling and I’ve found that dumping my information in a comment on a well-known blog or website, does the trick of having my information seized upon by paid journalists, who then dig deeper, while admittedly never mentioning me or my blog btw. It’s okay, I don’t desire a Pulitzer and take more pride in family and friends appreciating my efforts in my kitchen and crafting.

    Btw, I make scores of bookmarks, using scrapbook paper scraps from other projects (like my cardmaking projects) and I give away bookmarks all the time. My granddaughters like them, my friends like them, heck, an elderly lady from the store mentioned my bookmarks yesterday. She told me she thought of me the other day when she pulled out some of the lovely bookmarks I gave her years ago. I think it’s time to give her some new ones, as she is an OCD reader, who reads in every spare minute she’s got.

    Now, this is surely off the serious topic of organized actions to instigate a “revolution” in Van Jones style, but this lady has given me piles of books like her entire Maeve Binchy collection. Several years ago she introduced me to an absurd genre of “culinary mysteries”, where a hapless female caterer, trying to build her own business, gets drawn into a murder mystery. Being much like that main character, albeit lacking the ambitious energy to build my own business, let’s just say I know it’s better to leave this, “The mystery of STORM and how an alphabet soup of black activist groups are conspiring to foment a race war in America”, to professionals in our national security agencies to figure out the ingredient list in this stew pot.

    As for me, well, I am thinking about which well-known and popular blog or news site to post a comment mentioning the STORM manifesto and the Oakland connection, then I am going to work on my counted cross stitch, lol.

  5. JK

    There’s a scene LB in the movie The Outlaw Josie Wales where Granny and the Indian guy are talking ’bout the same as you ‘n me.

    Grandma Sarah: “This Mr. Wales is a cold-blooded killer. He’s from Missouri, where they’re all known to be killers of innocent men, women and children. Among the Comancheros only, my son Tom Turner told me are Pulitzer Prize winners.”

    Lone Watie: “Would you rather be riding with Comancheros, Granny?”

    Grandma Sarah: “No, I wouldn’t.”

    Don’t know as I’d reckon LB, rather be ridin’ with Pulitzer Prize winning Comancheros neither come to think onit.

  6. Ditto that: Grandma Sarah: “No, I wouldn’t.”

  7. Minta Marie Morze

    Liberty—great post, great links.

    Liberty, JK, we all know there are no coincidences in these matters.

    And we know that what’s important is that we keep trying to put two and two together, make four, and then find some places to comment where someone with more contacts and an established place may take our ideas and run with them. As with Cyrano de Bergerac, it’s the adornments people wear on their souls that matter now, the recognition that comes from knowing you’re making a difference even if only a few people recognize it, and the willingness to keep trying to discover and spread the Truth.

    Keep the faith, guys.

  8. Great post – thanks for this. All my suspicions are confirmed. The show is on and we’re in it, like it or not.

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