New Era Leaders and Cadre
Catholic historian and author, Fr. Malachi Martin, offers interesting observations concerning the nature of political movements and leaders. In his book, The Jesuits – The Society of Jesus and the Betrayal of the Roman Catholic Church, Fr. Martin compares and defines two well-known historical figures.
“[They shared] a clear perception of the only means by which history can be deliberately made, and human destinies can be materially altered. Gold or pleasure won’t do the trick; not for long, at any rate.., it is not blind economic forces or weight of numbers or even access to power that enables men to make history. Only an ideal does that. An ideal by which the wills of individuals can be won. An ideal for which people are convinced it is worth fighting and sacrificing everything – even life itself. It is men under the complete control and all-abiding influence of such an ideal accepted without reserve. Men, in other words, whose ordinary self-interest is transformed by an ideology into an all-absorbing devotion shot through with a high romanticism.“
The two individuals refered to above are V. I. Lenin and Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Jesuits.
Regardless of how we feel about their respective accomplishments, Fr. Martin gives us an important insight. Diametrically opposed in goals, both men, nevertheless, keenly understood human motivation and how to exploit it. Whether motivated by secular humanism or ‘other-worldy’ idealism, the mechanics of political agitation and organization remained the same. Both employed similar techniques to create and command large numbers of dedicated cadre.
Although separated by approximately 350 years, both Lenin and Loyola understood that it was an organization with military style discipline, supported and guided by a unifying ideology, that would prove succesful in effecting sociopolitical change.
As we move forward in our struggle for freedom, however, the organizational challenge to bring down tyranny will be different. An acknowledgement of past organizing strategies, balanced with thinking embracing a new paradigm of freedom will be called for. It will call for creativity and originality. Indeed, the voyage into the new era will be into uncharted waters. Unity, singleness of purpose, and maintaining an integral ideology, must be reviewed and reinterpreted within a context that excludes group mind-control methods of past political leaders and movements. Less hype, idealism, and romanticism, and more independent analytical thinking will be the key.
The strategy of a leaderless resistance will be become more practical and effective. The advanced communications ability of this era will favor independent and spontaneous action. Regimented orchestration from a central leadership will become less necessary. The Internet has provided a means for open discussion and non-local coordination of activity. A unifying ideology will still be available, but with the enhancement of more democratic input with less time to ossify – the gap between theory and practice can lessen with virtual realtime empirical testing. The roles of leader and cadre can become more fluid to meet the challenge of the multi-tentacled and multidimensional New World Order.