The Mechanics of Positive Action Campaigns

Why Oppress & Exploit

 Profit or Privilege

The REWARDS for maintaining injustice

are greater than

the REWARDS for ending injustice;

​- Those with power or privilege benefit from injustice;

 

- No financial (or other) rewards for ending injustice;

 

- Financial rewards for the rich;

 

- Psychological and other rewards for the privileged

          (whites; men; higher social classes);

How to End Injustice

MUST COST MORE TO

MAINTAIN INJUSTICE

THAN TO END IT

Civil Disobedience and Positive Action
campaigns

make us unmanageable

 

thereby increasing the cost of

maintaining the system of injustice.

How to End Injustice

Campaign

Mobilizing or Organizing to win

objectives or demands

DECISION DILEMMA

Being forced to choose between 2 or more bad options

Direct Action Campaign

A campaign that heightens the

Decision Dilemma

in order to win objectives or demands

Discrimination in Public

R E W A R D S

Reduce spending on Blacks

Increase spending on Whites

White race privilege & pride

Discrimination in Private

R E W A R D S

More profits via reduced costs
White race privilege & pride
   - Less business competition
   - More jobs for whites

Mission: Decision Dilemma

DILEMMA

End segregation
- OR -
Go out of business

Clearcutting

REWARDS

$$$ Money

Profit

Mission: Decision Dilemma

DILEMMA

Paycheck - OR - Murder Charges

Ending Injustice

Rewards of Injustice

(profit and/or privilege)

-

Costs of Injustice

(oppression and quelling rebellion)

____________________________

Time

=

Outcome

[ if REWARDS > COST --> Maintain Injustice ]

[ If COSTS > REWARDS --> End Injustice ]

Mechanics of Positive Action

By Positive Action Center

Mechanics of Positive Action

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