As a concept, strategy has an exalted lineage, starting from Sun Tzu, through Machiavell to Clausewitz, to name the three most-widely recognized names. While those writers offered some useful insights, I start my exploration here with Gene Sharp, a contemporary theorist and practitioner, who thought very systematically about strategy and tactics in non-violent movements. I’ll be talking a lot about Sharp on this blog, as has written extensively on these topics, but for now, I want to sketch out some broad definitions that will inform a lot of what is to come.
This blog is an extended contemplation on progressive strategy and movement building. How can we progressives defend against the Trump administration and the reactionaries in Congress? How can we push a more humane and effective alternative? How do we use the immense energy that has been generated in just the first weeks of the Trump administration? I hope you’ll explore these topics with me as we work to build a society and economy that work for the 99 percent. Continue reading About this site