Four years ago, I introduced the concept of the “ten core demographics,” that is, ten very general sets of population groups, the majority of each we would have to win over to our camp if pan-anarchism, anarcho-pluralism, alternative-anarchism, anarchism without adjectives, national-anarchism, tribal -anarchism, synthesist anarchism, whatever we are is to be successful.
Then as now, I generally regard these ten demographics, and the many sub-demographics within each, as constituting the basis of the alliances and constituents we should seek to be cultivating for practical purposes. Now that my book, Attack the System, is finally published, I believe I have been successful in doing what I originally set out to do years ago: Establish a comprehensive theoretical paradigm and strategic model for a 21st century anarchist movement that draws on the legacy of the movements that have gone before, but advance the theoretical foundations of anarchism to a level that is appropriate for a 21st century society.
It would seem that at this point, it is appropriate to establish a particular set primary objectives for the 21st century anarchist movement. So in that spirit, I offer these “Ten Core Strategic Objectives”:
1) The establishment of a Pan-Anarchist Federation representing the entire spectrum of anarchist, anti-statist. libertarian, decentralist, and anti-authoritarian movements in North America, and to work for the formation of similar federations in other nations as well.
2) The creation in the United States of an Alliance of Third Parties towards the common purpose of opening the U.S. political system to greater competition. This alliance should be inclusive of the minor parties of the left, right, center, libertarians, socialists, nationalists, religious, ethno-identitarian, and various ideological outliers.
3) The creation of a People’s Economic Front for the purpose of stripping away forms of state intervention into the economy that have the effect of centralizing control over wealth and resources and imposing systems of artificial economic privilege.
4) The cultivation of a vast array of single issue activist and political pressure groups with an anti-state or decentralist orientation as our constituent base and network of alliances.
5) The creation of legal defense organizations for the sake of taking action on behalf of all those who come under attack by the system, and working with organizations of this kind that are already in existence.
6) The creation of alternative infrastructure for the purpose of providing for those social services and public goods now provided by the state or state-capitalist corporations, i.e. “building the new society within the shell of the old” as the Wobblies used to say.
7) The establishment and support of local, regional, cultural, religious, and ethnic civic organizations for the purpose of developing both regional and local secessionists movements, and the formulation of a cultural foundation for alternative infrastructure.
8) The eventual establishment of a Free Nations Coalition of independence and sovereignty movements around the world, and the eventual bringing to public attention of a Free Nations Day to be held every October 24 as an alternative to United Nations Day. This should be to the movement that we aim to build what May Day was to the classical workers movement.
9) The development of the initial stages of establishing a civilian militia and defense organization or federation, and the creation of various kinds of support organizations for this purpose.
10) The cultivation of international allies and supporters, from countries to transnational organizations to religious movements to guerrilla armies.
Of course, all of this represents a very long term plan and set of objectives, to be achieved over the course of the next half century. But it would seem that the time to begin planting the seeds is now.