Time is Short: Systems Disruption and Strategic Militancy

4 Feb

Cross posted from Deep Green Resistance News Service

By Alex Budd / Deep Green Resistance Cascadia

As civilization pushes the planet towards complete biotic collapse—speeding at the murderous pace of two hundred species a day—resistance becomes a mandate. Having seen the depressing failImage by George Osodi / APure of traditional & legal courses of action at slowing, never mind stopping, this death march, we are left with militant underground resistance as our only real hope for success.

By disrupting these systems, that machine of industrial civilization can be brought to a screeching (and with preservation, irreversible) halt. By striking at critical nodes within the systems that sustain and enable industrial civilization, a serious militant resistance movement could seriously disrupt these systems. With some coordination, it could collapse them entirely, leveling the foundation of the oppressive & murderous social structure itself.

This process of strategically selecting and attacking targets and coordinating strikes to sabotage entire global systems is known as ‘systems disruption’. The idea is to leverage the structure and dynamics of the system against itself; identifying and attacking structural weak points, nodes that are critical to functionality, specific bottlenecks in the industrial process without which the larger system cannot function. Striking at these points yields the maximum impact of any attack on a system, and by coordinating attacks to strike at multiple, interconnected and interdependent nodes, a small force can disrupt or disable entire industrial superstructures, such as a national electric grid or international oil extraction/transportation/refining/distribution system.

Done correctly, this process is similar to that of explosive demolition, wherein massive, multi-story buildings are brought tumbling down in several seconds by carefully placed explosives. The idea is not to blow the building to dust, which would not only require countless explosives, but would also endanger everything around it. Instead, by analyzing the construction and structure of the building, workers identify specific locations at which to place explosives, and carefully time the blasts to collapse the structure in on itself.

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3 Responses to “Time is Short: Systems Disruption and Strategic Militancy”

  1. rommel February 5, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    March 1, 2, 3, 4 keep your rhythms inline as you follow Generals Lierre Keith, Derrick Jensen, and the rest of the DGR army, er, cult, into battle!

    Do not question the leaders, do not question the strategy — accept no criticism, everyone else is wrong, DGR is right, always. Always!

    • shimm February 5, 2013 at 12:17 pm #

      It would be incredibly refreshing to see critiques that are focused on the content of these articles rather than the character of dgr as an organization or the individuals whose work contributed to it. Really, if you don’t like dgr then simply don’t join, but if you actually care about stopping the destruction, then offer up a helpful critique and maybe some alternatives.

  2. bus stop February 6, 2013 at 8:36 am #

    I think this article is indicative of one of the major problems with Deep Green Resistance (along with its organizational structure, hostility to criticism, and Lierre Keith’s transphobia). They seem to love to give directions and advice (maybe that’s why they fetish military structures so much), but have nothing to really back it up. This whole articulation of strategy is pretty blah and obvious — of course industrial infrastructure is weak, but it’s hard to take it seriously. DGR has nothing in the realm of action to offer and while they might call for an “underground” it doesn’t seem as though that call has been responded to given the lack of actions they approve of and lack of actions claimed by some sort of DGR underground. They seem to be quite comfortable issuing forcefully worded denunciations and strategic advice, but they ultimately have nothing other than words.

    In the book Deep Green Resistance and this piece, DGR is dismissive of other efforts such as the Earth Liberation Front (ELF) which while they didn’t attack industrial infrastructure, showed a level of seriousness that DGR could only dream of. Similarly, while also flawed, newer groups like Individualists Tending Towards the Wild in Mexico and the Informal Anarchist Network have been going out there and actually doing attacks. While DGR would likely be hostile to both groups (for one, they are anarchist, two the attacks probably wouldn’t be “strategic” enough for them), they have also been undertaking a discussion about tactics and strategy through communiques where if one group attacks, they might put out a statement claiming responsibility and then offering up advice learned in action or strategic consideration. It seems a lot more credible than words coming from armchair generals in a cult-like organization that actually tried to raise money by auctioning off a dinner with Derrick Jensen.

    Also, I don’t think people have to offer a critique of the substance of DGR as long as it remains what it is and is unwilling to deal with their leaders behavior. Moreover, I think that one alternative — while terribly imperfect — is Earth First! and the idea of decentralized, anti-authoritarian eco-action. EF! has done a lot over the years and is a good counter-argument to everything DGR is putting out strategy and structure wise.

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