Resistance Protocols

Accumulationism vs Classical Activism

Accumulationism, like classical activism, is a set of actions intended to improve society. Classical activism is spontaneous, and does more to satisfy the psychological needs of activists than to actually change society. Classical activism generally includes shouting, holding signs, signing petitions, and weird behaviors whose only purpose is to attract the attention of cameras. Accumulationism is planned, organized, and rational. The purpose of accumulationism is not to make accumulationists feel better about themselves, but to actually result in changes in the way society does things. Classical activism can be short-sighted, focused on symptoms rather than on removing the underlying cause of the problem. Accumulationism is always thorough, and well thought through. Accumulationism includes reading about how society works, reading about what can and what can’t be changed, reading about what methods work and what methods don’t work, etc. Classical activism is easy and exciting. Among others, it also appeals to those who are stupid, those who lack self-control, those who are mentally disorganized, and those who are incompetent. So activist organizations often struggle with trying to keep the wrong kind of people out. Accumulationism requires commitment, consistent effort, and willpower. It requires observing reality for what it is without breaking down, without becoming depressed or discouraged. Accumulationist organizations don’t have to struggle with keeping the wrong kind of people out. They quickly get bored and leave on their own. Classical activism is premised on the assumption that politicians will resolve a large-scale problem if a sufficient number of voters expresses interest in it. Accumulationism is premised on the assumption that politicians, as response to an expression of interest for some problem by a disorganized mass of voters do not resolve problems; But instead, deliver empty rhetoric, superficial treatment of problem's symptoms, or some easily reversible short-term fix. “Rome wasn’t built in a day” – Ancient proverb Do not expect any quick results with accumulationism. Meaningfully changing society requires years of diligent preparations. Perhaps even decades, depending on how big your goal is. Activists often campaign for solving a variety of unrelated problems. Accumulationists believe that a significant amount of resources should not be spent on achieving small victories that do not bring them closer to the fulfillment of their primary goal. Activists typically see themselves as part of the majority, as “we the people”. Accumulationists typically see themselves as a minority and like being in communities culturally separate from the mainstream. How to start with accumulationism? You can start by talking to other people about what they want to change in society and why. Then think about which problems are more important and urgent, and which problems can wait for better times to be addressed. After you decided on which problem in society you want to solve, look for a realistic plan/manifesto that specifies how to solve it. If you can’t find one, write it. Changing society requires coordinated action by thousands of people. No matter how good a plan you have in your head is, it’s useless if it’s inaccessible to other people. What do I do after I have written the plan for solving a particular problem with society? Then you share it with other accumulationists, ask them to read it and tell you their opinion. After you collect some feedback, think about how you can improve your plan to be more realistic and better explained.
written by: useR Askenyan