funding the revolution in ways other than crime

Submitted by mockingjanthony in organize

co-operative enterprise pretty much any service you can offer, work with like minded folks to make or provide something, and write into the bylaws that so much of profits go to radical programs, and forming(or taking over) non profits with paid positions making sure radicals mantain a majority on the board to keep radicals in paid positions.

i ran a print shop and zine distro for a while, making funds to keep it going by offering pay what you can printing services to other activist groups. i didn't manage funds well enough, and offered too much free printing, didn't outreach enough to people and groups that could pay for printing. in hind sight i should have had flat fees for non-anarchist non-working class organizations, and only offered free printing to comrades and poor peoples.

it lasted for a few years though and provided a lot of free printing and zines in maine. also forming specific solidarity networks around particular issues you like to focus on, and having an anual donation drive, to pool resources. this is good for mutual aid type efforts, disaster relief, homeless solidarity, refugee solidarity, food not bombs, etc. these are just some ideas.

historically membership based organizations would collect dues, but membership based organizations have fallen the past century and this trend isn't turning around it seems. crowdfunding like patreon is a good example of alternative ways to have a more voluntary membership based dues-like system. although of course radicals should develop our own such platforms, instead of making capitalists wealthy off our movement efforts.

what are some other ways to fund the revolution? how can we manage funds locally or regionally to help sustain local/regional movement action, as a movement, in strategic, coordinated, and accountable ways? federations, credit unions, foundations?


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Defasher wrote

A monthly radical magazine that's sold by subscription and delivered as either a computer file or print internationally?


lookin4 wrote

Basically a great idea, but -at least in my area- there are many radical, independent newspapers, blogs, magazines, radios etc. out there. But only a handful reach the mainstream.

Some of them are offered to nearly or exactly the same prize as the major, mainstream media. Or they're gratis, pay-as-you-want. Some of them are in a niche, which is not strictly bad, but I think most of them are produced, published/sold on a rather high standard of content, requiring to have certain scene-knowledge or to visit info shops respectively scene locations which may be inconvenient for some people.

It's a balancing act, if you want to spread the word, be part of the counter-public and do not want to preach before the "converted" plus wanting money from them.


lookin4 wrote

Apply for a project/promotion fund from the state or corporations for a very generic issue and use the publicitiy, the money itself and everything that comes with it to promote alternative, radical ideas.

Maybe an registered alibi-association needs to be established first (or will be helpful for reputation) probably that needs to be done again and again after you may have been disqualified to apply for future funds. note that this can not be done entirely anonymously (afaik)

But here come some advantages

  • it seems very unlikely for me that this will be generally illegalized - at least in western "democracies".
  • it is also provoking the investor, because it could seem that your words and actions are endorsed by them.
  • it can cause trouble not just in their leadership, but in their public relations department.
  • whether they deny, ignore or support it, it can be good for your cause.
  • it redistributes wealth instead of depending on affiliation-fees like many NGO (which may have good-minded but only a handful of rich members. if any)

Sure this requires courage, good knowledge about work with the media, agitating skills and probably a good lawyer or immunity because the laws are clear, court decisions and possible consequences are predictable.