I participated in a round table discussion at Attack the System on gangs. I view them as proto-tribes; decentralized networks of autonomous clicks and sets that share a common culture and history within a wider gang “nation” such as the Bloods, Crips, Surenos, Nortenos, Folk Nation, People Nation, etc. Native Tribes are likewise decentralized networks of autonomous bands, clans and villages that share a common culture and history within a wider tribal nation such as the Tlingit, Salish, Sioux, etc.
When speaking of the revolutionary potential of such organizations we have to realize that any talk of tribal sovereignty is empty unless it recognizes that autonomy has almost always existed in tribes at the clan, village and band level.
July 14, 2013
ATS senior editors Miles Joyner, Vince Rinehart, and Keith Preston discuss the political potential of organized outlaws.
- The misperception of gangs as a distinctively lower class social phenomenon.
- The enormous size of the gang population in the United States.
- Gangs as a form of stateless tribal networks and models of fourth generation warfare organizations.
- Past efforts at the political organization of gangs.
- The role of gangs in past rebellions such as the 1992 West Coast uprisings.
- Why the lumpenproletariat has surpassed the traditional proletariat as the basis of class struggle.
- The relationship between gangs and ethno-identitarian movements.
- Gangs as source of streetfighters during revolutionary struggle.
- The criteria needed for effective protest movements.
- How a militant minority of passionate opinion-holders can affect society way beyond their numbers.
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