…revolutions are not won by enlisting the masses. Revolution is a science only a few are competent to practice. It depends on correct organization and, above all, on communications. Then, at the proper moment in history, they strike. Correctly organized and properly timed it is a bloodless coupe. Done clumsily or prematurely and the result is a civil war, more violence, purges, terror. I hope you will forgive me if I say that, up to now, it has been done clumsily. Organization must be no larger than necessary

…revolutions are not won by enlisting the masses. Revolution is a science only a few are competent to practice. It depends on correct organization and, above all, on communications. Then, at the proper moment in history, they strike. Correctly organized and properly timed it is a bloodless coupe. Done clumsily or prematurely and the result is a civil war, more violence, purges, terror. I hope you will forgive me if I say that, up to now, it has been done clumsily. Organization must be no larger than necessary — never recruit anyone merely because he wants to join. Nor seek to persuade for the pleasure of having another share your views. He’ll share them when the time comes . . . or you’ve misjudged the moment in history. Oh, there will be an educational organization but it must be separate; agitprop is no part of basic structure.As to basic structure, a revolution starts as a conspiracy; therefore structure is small, secret, and organized as to minimize damage by betrayal — since there always are betrayals. One solution is the cell system and so far nothing better has been invented. Much theory has gone into optimizing cell size. I think that history shows that a cell of three is best — more than three can’t agree on when to have to have dinner, much less when to strike. – Bernardo de la Paz

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