cj#753> Revolutionary Leadership Conference?


Richard Moore

Dear cj,

To those of you who've sent in comments, please be patient -- threads
disappear and re-emerge depending on urgency of topics that come up.  The
following exchange came out of the "Who is the enemy?" thread, as published
in Truth in Media, but leads to the launch of a new thread (see Subject).

Narrative continued below...

Date: Sun, 04 Jan 1998
From: Philip L Borkholder <•••@••.•••>
To: •••@••.•••
Subject: Excellent Editorial/Article...

Dear Richard,
I recently read your editorial in the MI Militia posting, (I am not a
member of the militia, just receive their postings via email...


        WEXFORD, Ireland, Nov. 14 - From reading Truth In Media,..."

Great writing Richard! From my experience of 5 yrs working in El
Salvador in the war-torn zones w/ the exploited poor and comparing it to
the future and present of the U.S., you are right on! A revolution is
needed... not a revolution utilizing violent means (we've all seen how
that method ends up being manipulated by the TNC's themselves and how a
new "Oligarchy" is formed via the Armed Revolution...) a Non-violent,
creative, in-your (TNC)-face revolution is needed using the creativity
of numbers of people and unifying acts that will bring the TNC's to
their knees.

To: •••@••.••• (Philip Borkholder)
From: •••@••.••• (Richard K. Moore)
Subject: Re: Excellent Article; conference?

Perhaps it would be a good idea to hold a conference on "Globalization: The
Democratic Response", and invite leaders from all sorts of organizations:
people who could contribute vision to the conference, and people who could
benefit from that vision.  The idea would be to begin to forge a consensus
perspective, and to begin to develop a leadership community for a
coalition-building effort.

What do you think?

From: Philip L Borkholder <•••@••.•••>
To: "Richard K. Moore" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re: Excellent Article; conference?

I think it's a great idea! People could come from workers affected in the
States & other countries: ie: El Salvador peasant unions; Christian Based
Communities; etc. etc.


rkm narrative, continued:

So, cj, what do you think of the following proposal: to organize a global
face-face conference calling together leadership elements from various
organizations and communities (geographic and otherwise) who might form the
core leadership of a revolutionary movement, as a democratic response to

Off the cuff, I'd recommend the following conference agenda:
        - understanding globalization, it's objectives and direction
        - understanding the political strategies being used to advance
          globalism, and the roles of various  elite echelons
        - understanding, historically, the fates of various approaches
          to reforms, movements, third-parties, and revolutions
        - assessment of opportunties for political organizing and
          coalition building
        - discussion of organization strategies and follow-up work

It might surprise you that platforms and political agendas don't show up in
the above discussion agenda.  This is for several reasons:  platform
discussions take time, and are ongoing -- better to launch such discussions
as a "task track" of the movement; the platform needs to be democratic,
which means it must evolve as constituencies are recruited; initial focus
on platform would be divisive and unproductive.

I'd welcome ideas and suggestions from cj readers.  Is it a useful idea?
Who should be invited?  Which speakers?  Which potential leaders?  Which
organizations and communities? How to publicise and fund?


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