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Evolution of Message premise

Activist: a person who works to change the nature of society through exposing hypocrisies and inconsistencies in its parts and drawing public attention to them in an effort to correct them in solidarity with those whom they disadvantage.

Presentist: a person who shows up as an activist but who has no deep devotion to the cause, i.e. who isn’t there for the cause, who is there just to be present.

Possible Ethic: Presentists must be allowed into the movement, but not directly acknowledged. They must turn into activists through listening and by their own decision to stop “being for being’s sake” and start “being for becoming”.

Revisionist: an presentist who seeks to customize the message of the movement to the status quo and in doing so obtain acceptance by society. It is a sublimation of a deep desire to be accepted. It can be done passively, by seeking compromise (revision) of the movement’s values, or assertively, by founding a breakaway group.

Possible ethic: Revisionists must be warned that catering to the adversary (dialectical decay) is not an option, that altering the message and that continually trying to do so will result in ostracism. Since revisionists tend to require acceptance, this should seldom be necessary.

Reactionary: a presentist who demonstrates an inability to act according to the tenets of the movement; who relies on internal (emotional) obligations rather than external obligations.

possible ethic: Reactionaries rule by impulse. Someone hits them, they fire back. Therefore they are dangerous to any peaceful movement that seeks legitimate progress.

Counterrevolutionary: a presentist who demonstrates revisionist and reactionary qualities but who also seeks to undermine the legitimacy of the movement in two ways: 1) to the society that it means to change, and 2) to itself by violating laws of transparency and inciting conspiracy. The purpose of these acts is to actually damage and fracture the movement while serving the purpose of enriching the counterrevolutionary himself, whether with money, power, or fame.

Militant resistance arises when police and governmental repression will it to arise. The illegitimacy of the state becomes apparent commensurate to the heightening of the police state. As it becomes unfeasibly widespread, prevalent, and destructive to the people, the spirit of the people’s struggle rises unto the hearts of the general populace. Thus, assaults to the protestors are equivalent to assaults on the people at large. When the incumbent administrations fail to address these assaults and thusly become complicit in them, militant resistance becomes inevitable and advisable, being the only manner of defending the people against the perpetual insult of an obviously evil, corrupt, and useless government. These conditions are not assumed by the people, but proven by the government and its police forces themselves. In this way, the government-perpetrated violence creates the violence with which it is met when it has proven its own oppressive illegitimacy.

The people will not be crushed, they will not be silenced, they will not be frightened indefinitely. Once you prove yourself an enemy of the people, the first of the people to fight you will inspire ten more who will each inspire ten more. The outcome will be your ultimate destruction that you have created and the rise of the People.