The Preservation of Power
You don’t have to join a rebel movement in order to play an effective role in supporting it. Shelter can be provided, misinformation for the opposing troops, food, disguises, safe passage, etc, all can be provided by civilians. If the movement is popular enough, it will be impossible to get rid of it with this kind of support. Force will only alienate the opposing army from the public, making their situation all the more untenable. People see through deception in time, and there will be no end of random volunteers and loosely organized forces to stand against what can be technically more advanced and numerous troops. Never underestimate the power of narrative, being reasoned and reasonable in your positioning and dialogue, followed up by genuine action with sincere desire to do what’s right by everybody, sometimes, at your own absolute expense.
It’s called maintaining a good relationship with people. I think it’s the only effective way to maintain power, consequence, position, and authority in any given human society. It involves listening, caring, and sometimes putting the needs and desires of others above your own immediate or short term wants and hopes. That is, from my experience and observations of the past, the best way for power to preserve and earn itself.
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