Political Purpose

To orient your entire strategy, identify the political purpose of your defense or liberation struggle.

The political purpose of your strategy is a clear and simple statement of ‘what you want’.

This political purpose ‘anchors’ your strategy: it tells people what you are concerned about so that you can clearly identify allies, opponents and third parties. Your political purpose is a statement of what you will have achieved when you have successfully completed your strategy.

Here are six examples of a political purpose:

1. To defeat the attempt by the Global Elite to gain total political, economic, social, physical and spiritual control of the human population and all of Earth’s natural resources through implementation of ‘The Great Reset’ and the transhumanist agenda.
2. To defend [name of the country] against the political/military coup by [identity of coup perpetrators].
3. To defend [name of the country] against the foreign military invasion by [name of invading country].
4. To defend the [name of targeted group] against the genocidal assault by the [identity of genocidal entity].
5. To establish the independent entity/state of [name of proposed entity/state] by removing the foreign occupying state of [name of occupying state].
6. To establish a democratic state in [name of country] by removing the dictatorship.

Once you have clearly decided the political purpose of your strategy, which might usefully reflect a local wording and/or flavour that gives it real meaning for the defending population, write this political purpose – ‘what you want’ – into your ‘defense/liberation strategy document’ which can be downloaded from the Strategic Aims page.

In practice, your political purpose may be publicized in the form of a political program or as a list of demands.

The specific political demands are vitally important and should be compiled with five criteria in mind:

(i) the demands must be concrete, easily understood and ‘within the power of the opponent to yield’;
(ii) they should accurately reflect the needs of the people engaged in the campaign in order to mobilize widespread support for the struggle;
(iii) they should include an explicit commitment to the needs of the opponent;
(iv) they should expose moral weak points in the position of the opponent; and
(v) they should nominate specific positive changes (giving substance to the political purpose), not just token changes.

For a full explanation of any of the above, see The Strategy of Nonviolent Defense: A Gandhian Approach.

Once you have defined your political purpose, I suggest that you go to the ‘Assessment’ link in the sidebar and then progressively work your way down the list until your strategy is fully developed.

Source of this document: https://nonviolentliberationstrategy.wordpress.com/strategywheel/political-purpose/