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What's the Better Strategy, Activism or Advocacy?

What's the Better Strategy, Activism or Advocacy?

By Wednesday, 22 January 2020 01:01 PM Current | Bio | Archive

How many times have we heard someone championing their activism, as if they were the newly minted recipients of the Nobel Prize?

Moreover, nothing could be a stronger indictment of immaturity or ignorance, as most activists believe that their activism is far more superior than being a mere advocate.

Little do they know that advocates are activists who finally got a clue and grew up.

Somehow, whether by accident or mission, they finally realized that activism is never about their claims and, therefore, will never achieve anything as socioeconomically meaningful as they claim.

From your neighborhood torchbearer’s war against downtown City Hall to such national figures as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) and her “Squad,” activists are motivated by ideologies, versus the change they hawk. In fact, if they achieve change, it cannot be mere change, alone; but that change must occur with a significant number of daggers in the eyes of The Resistants.

Activists like nothing more than to disrupt current reality, with extreme prejudice, knowing that their efforts have made and leave a mark, preferably one that is the shape of their foot squarely planted between somebody’s glutes and countless lips puckered against their own rears.

On the other hand, advocates are much more strategic, seeking alignment with mutually interested alliances, all parties understanding and appreciating the greater good to be achieved by their efforts, even if the result excludes them.

For advocates, ideological motivations give way to intelligent statesmanship. Wisely, they steer clear of activists, most having been there, themselves, before finally having a come to Jesus Meeting on just how reality has always been programmed to work and programmed by those much wiser than those who end up identifying as activists.

So, what is the most telling of activist traits? How can they be spotted long before they can amass the crowd that is so desperately needed by their movement? Simple.

Listen to the volume — loudness — of their message. You quickly will discover the correlation between the volume of their voice and the degree to which they are wrong, and activists, more often than not, are just flat out wrong about everything fleeing from their lips. The louder they grieve, the farther they are from being truthful, thus, being either intentionally or unwittingly wrong.

This is why my dad would always reiterate to us, when we were kids, “Wherever you find a crowd, go the other way, because nine times out of ten, they are wrong.” And he would go on to say, “When people are wrong, they need a crowd to overwhelm others. That is the only way they get what they want.”

Not only is AOC loud, but she is also near being ubiquitous across social media. What does that tell you?

Milt Thomas grew up on a South-Georgia farm, graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism, and received his MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. After a career as an executive with Cox Broadcasting, WSB-TV, Home Depot, and The Coca Cola Company, he is working to launch a new tech startup to rival social media and elevate the internet’s entire quality experience. He has written and self-published his first book, "Black, Dumb and Barefoot...And Knocked Up By the Democrats." Milt makes his home in the Atlanta Metro. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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