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Masterclass for Activists

Nov 25, 2020

Mindful Militants with Lisa Fitzpatrick, Doug Cameron and Tom McDonald discusses the role of militant tactics in pioneering social change.

Throughout history militant peoples’ action has been pivotal to creating a fairer society. But militancy that is not underpinned by principles and grounded in smart strategy is doomed to lead the workers to defeat.

Our panel unpacks militancy, the difference between good and bad tactics, and the role that values-driven leadership and culture plays in successful action. We explore what different forms of militant action has achieved for nurses and midwives and building and manufacturing workers.

All three speakers conclude that militancy must be shaped by principles and values, be used for a just cause, and be smart and strategic as well as tough.

This episode also stars Chloe and Jason Roweth performing Norman Brown (words by Dorothy Hewitt set to traditional music). Find out more about the Roweths’ music here.

This podcast series has been produced by Deliberately Engaging in support of the UN Sustainable Development Goals to build the capabilities of civil society and give people a greater voice. Discover our podcasts here.

This podcast has been made possible by the support of the Committee to Defend Trade Unions Rights, Tony and Nina Bleasdale, our discussants and musicians, and the ACTU.