Direct Action

12.09.2006 |

Direct Action - Synopsis


Direct action is a method of stopping objectionable practices using immediately available means. It is the act of establishing desired conditions using various means, techniques, methodologies, procedures, policies, or processes. It includes activities as strikes, boycotts, workplace occupations, sit-ins, revolutionary/guerrilla warfare, or sabotage.


Direct actions are a form of civil disobedience, and may be illegal.


Those employing direct action aim to either obstruct another agent or organization from performing some practice to which they object, or act with whatever resources and methods are within their power.


Direct action method seeks immediate remedy for perceived ills, as opposed to indirect tactics such as electing representatives who promise to provide remedy at some later date.


Reformist politics (or indirect tactics) are generally acceptable to the institutions who they are directed against, because they generally change nothing. By actually rendering the institution incapable of operating, direct action is the only thing that the offending institution will actually respond to, as it poses a real threat to its existence.


Emma Goldman: "If voting changed anything, they'd make it illegal."


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