Interview With Elijah Hartman

 

Here is a Bio Written by Elijah:

I was born in Murfreesboro, TN I have an older gang member brother, and a mentally disabled sister.I grew up in an abusive home when i was 5 my Mom finally had enough abuse and left my dad. You could say living with my dad was my first taste of the other side of power and oppression not many people I grew up around knew. I lived with my Mom jumping from place to place till i was 13 and she failed a drug test child services took me away and i starting living in the suburbs of Murfreesboro with my grandparents. I was like a fish out of water by this time i was already a devoted anarchist and inspired by groups like the Makhnovist army and the CNT i formed an anarchist militia, the Black Flag Nation. It was small starting out just me and a few friends. But over the years we slowly and steadily grew expanding our reach internationally and forming alliances with several similar groups. In an attempt to advance the conditions for revolution and maximizing our effectiveness i designed a new revolutionary theory I call focalized people’s warfare, based on the small unit tactical emphasis of focoism pioneered by Che and combining it with the Maoist strategy of people’s warfare. With this principles in action we can effective form a solid fighting force and push for popular revolution with a faction of the time, supplies, and manpower that would otherwise be needed.

1. How did you get involved in activism?

1. Ever since a young age growing up in abusive and oppressive environments i saw power as a problem. After a few years of searching i found that anarchism is the only ideology which confronts all instances of oppression not just the ones which don’t benefit them. As I got to my preteen years i became a pretty staunch anarchist.
2. What is your definition of anarchism?
2. To define anarchism simply i would say the absolute freedom of the individual.
13411748_1067205763352231_677199237137983371_o3.  How do we build solidarity?
3. I think the simplest way to build solidarity is laid out in my new revolutionary theory, Focalized People’s Warfare. For those within the activist circle, unity of purpose, there are dozens of affinity groups, hacktivist groups, ect. that at their base hold anarchist principles by looking at these groups as part of the same struggle we can create a united front for the creation of a revolutionary environment. For those outside the realm of revolutionary politics, which are believe are truly the key to our success, localized direct action, across the US and much of the world there exist a substantial exploited and oppressed class. With the rise of the BLM movement we see the potential of urban Black and Latino communities. We need to work directly with these communities work out peace between rival gangs which cause so much friction and unnecessary bloodshed. Some of the biggest gangs in the US were established with one goal, the protection of a people who the police were unwilling to protect. We need emphasise these roots and share with them the strategies and tactics of guerilla warfare and work towards the defense and self sufficiency of these communities.
4. What is some of your favorite radical art?
4. My favorite form of radical art would have to be music and poetry a two minute song can resonate with people in a way that a thirty minute argument simply can’t.
5. How do you deal with burnout and grief that comes from exposing corruption both in ourselves and in the institutions we stand against?
5. Its certainly not an easy jobs its caused problems with all kinds of relationships I’ve had work, family, love interests. I think the key is a solid community of comrades be they online or in person. When fighting injustice it’s easy to feel alone especially in places without a big activist community. One thing that has always kept me going over the years has been a close knit group of comrades I care deeply for. Another important thing has been a deep connection to the history of the movement understanding the trials and tribulations our comrades of the past had to go through and knowing that the pain we may go through will lead to a better future.

6. What do you see as the process to prevent near term human extinction?

6. That’s a tough question it seems like we’re always facing unbelievable odds. I think the most important part is working together with our communities to promote self defense and end the violence that plagues countless cities across the world. I grew up around a lot of gangs and one thing that always kills me is to see so many youth throwing away their revolutionary potential by killing each other.

 

7. What do you think we will see at the DNC this year?

7. The DNC is always eventful we’re gonna see a ton of police that’s for sure if things go wrong a lot of comrades could get hurt I hope everyone there keeps that in mind and doesn’t take any needless risks.

8. What are your favorite radical outlets?

8. Some of my favorite outlets are stimulator on YouTube they do of great job of hitting on news stories you don’t see much in the mainstream media. Vice news always goes out of their way to provide high quality alternative reporting. I always keep an eye on BBC world news, Fox, and CNN It’s always important to know what your enemy is thinking. And of course the fifth column, one of the best  news outlets in the world.

9. Any organizations or projects you want to promote?

9. I wanna give a shout out to the rest of my brothers in the Black Flag Nation anyone interested in contacting us can reach us at bfnblackandred@gmail.com, we’ve been working lately with Balkan Revolutionary Front, I’ve developed a revolutionary theory called focalized people’s warfare as I’ve mentioned before it takes small unit vanguard emphasis of focoism and adapts it with an emphasis on localized direct action to help us fast track people’s warfare.

10. What are your thoughts on Dallas, and the multiple attacks following, is this the beginning of an insurrection?

I think considering it the beginning of an insurrection is jumping the gun a bit for an insurrection to be effective you have to have a well trained force as a whole a few lone gunmen isn’t going to cut it. I do think this is a step in the right direction though from now on every police officer will understand they aren’t invincible and they could pay the price for police brutality. It will however lead to short term and possibly long term increases in police aggression especially in the Dallas area. They’ve lost a battle now they have to project strength to the community to save face. The reaction to his show of force will determine whether this becomes an insurrection or not.

11. Any Final thoughts?

11. I just want to say its been a pleasure and I look forward to working with you guys more. Love and solidarity

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