10 Rules for Liberty Guerrillas

There’s an excellent list up here regarding some basic operating rules for liberty guerrillas. If you haven’t seen it, we highly suggest you take a look. Read, learn, and live. Via WRSA:

1. It is important to maintain a belief in final victory. Morale is everything.

2. Large numbers of [counter propaganda] appearing day after day, night after night, everywhere, will make the Regime nervous and raise the self-confidence of the population since such activities demonstrate the inefficiency of the existing Regime and the power and strength of the resistance movement.

3. Whenever practical, successful guerrilla forces use non-electronic means to communicate.

4. It is a principle of political science that it is easier to persuade people to vote against something or someone than to persuade them to vote in favor of something.

5. Liberty guerrillas form centers of resistance EVERYWHERE and they are always in action. Thus, when the Regime attempts to confront/solve one “media” crisis of anti-Regime opinion, another flares up. This serves to also drain the Regime’s manpower and resources.

6. Always, always, ALWAYS be on the offensive.

7. Short, snappy slogans spread the message. Advertising/marketing gurus know that to gain traction, a slogan must be 7 words or less.

“BE ALL THAT YOU CAN BE”.

Turn the tables on the opposition: Palin’s “Obama: WTF indeed” is classic.

8. Mix it up. Never be predictable. But always be lawful.

9. Undermine the Regime’s morale and their propaganda by exposing their methods and by constant emphasis on the unjustness of their cause and effects on the population.
(Higher prices? Thanks, Obama).

10. Exploit the alternative media to communicate the ideas of the Liberty movement and resistance to the Regime. Be everywhere; be informed; make it known you are aware of the lies disseminated by the Regime and aren’t falling for them.

We need to stop posting memes and talking about action, and start using the tools available to us (social media, computers in general, tradecraft, peaceful civil disobedience, etc.) to change the game.

Community Defense & the Elements of Soft Power

In case you haven’t already read it, there’s an excellent article up at Guerrillamerica regarding how to leverage something called soft power through influence and persuasion.

For individuals and communities preparing for a future that incorporates violence and morally ambiguous situations, to omit developing soft power is an unwise move. We can imagine lots of realistic scenarios in which soft power will enable us to achieve or maintain security: gaining the trust of community members to contribute to the security effort, working with local authorities to fight known threats, sharing information with neighboring communities and security groups, and persuading at-risk segments of a community to not support threat elements.

How can we develop soft power as a part of community defense? First, focus on your reputation. There are militias, security teams and prepper groups that have poor reputations, stemming from poor leadership, unrealistic, unethical or immoral goals, past indiscretions, and incompetence. When cooperation is a necessity for community defense, these groups are going to have a much more difficult time finding partners to push in the same direction. You don’t want to be a security partner of last resort with a team reluctant to work with you.

Read the whole thing.

Make Them Listen: A How-To Guide for Engaging Lawmakers

Guest post by Robert Arco, of The Common Truth.

One of the favorite “excuses” we hear from patriots and activists for inaction is the preconception that their elected officials don’t listen to them. In many ways, this axiom has been proven to be true as we have all had experience with the “deaf” elected who seem to decide for us. Part of the issue, however, is not the inability to listen but how the feedback is presented. If you go to a politician’s canned website and fill out a contact form, chances are pretty high that you are just noise, and the response will often be a form letter often directly opposite of what you stated.

There are better ways to deal with politicians but first you must understand your place in the grand scheme of constituency. These people receive hundreds, if not thousands of contacts each day depending on the level of office they hold. Using simple email is ineffective as they have staff who scans and replies on their behalf based on their already predetermined position. You are a lone voice in a sea of voices using a fairly ineffective medium of contact. It is similar to applying for a job at Boeing or Microsoft. They receive thousands of resumes every day and use screening software to weed through the volume. Less than 1% are even read by a human being and a smaller number acted on. The key is how to maximize contact and be noticed.

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Rapport and Influence Part 2: RASCLS

Last week in Part 1 we talked about the need for rapport, and how crucial it is to foster it and use it to create influence networks that we can leverage to get things done, collect intelligence, or simply to have people available who can help you when you need it..  The next logical question is “How, exactly, do I influence others?” That’s what we’ll be talking about today.  There are six tools—weapons of influence, as they’re known—that you can use to build influence in your relationships with other patriots, in your groups, and even with sources and assets.

Many of you may be familiar with Dr. Robert Cialdini and his principles of influence. If you are, then this will be a great refresher tailored to the individual patriot. If you’ve never heard of any of this, that’s even better–we’ll give you a fantastic overview. The CIA calls it RASCLS, and that’s the context we’ll be studying it in. Keep in mind that this is literally just an overview.  We’ll get into each of the skills individually and how you can use them in later parts of this series.

(Note: I’ll use the word “target” in this article, but it’s not a negative connotation. In tis context, it’s simply meant to denote whoever you’re using it on.)

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Rapport and Influence Part 1: Why Do We Need It?

In an ongoing movement that has resistance and non-compliance as two of its most basic facets, often the skill of rapport-building falls by the wayside. Far too many see rapport-building as “sucking up” or “compromising,” when in reality it’s an incredibly necessary skill for the overall mission—both long-term for the greater cause and short-term for whatever situation you’re currently in or working on. Rapport is a necessary social currency. Those who choose not to carry it or earn it end up finding out that they are dead broke in other areas—like information, supplies, or even trustworthy personnel—when it matters most.

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