A version of this post was Published at Huffington Post
For hundreds of years, poorly armed insurgents have used armed propaganda to compensate for the overwhelming strength of the adversary. Eventually, decisive battles and a traditional army determine victory. In Trump’s case, voters mobilized, votes counted, and a winner elected.
Armed propaganda was used by the Tupamaro in Venezuela, Ho Chi Minh in Vietnam after World War II, and, domestically, by U.S. anti-Vietnam war activists to radicalize the non-violent Peace Movement. Americans used the tactic in the early days of the American Revolution.
In each case, the objective was clear. Expose the opposition’s vulnerabilities and brutality, and in the process, raise consciousness. And the operating principle: All conflicts are media conflicts. Win the media war and you win the people’s hearts and minds.
Donald Trump understands non-lethal armed propaganda. He has used it to push his major initiatives. His main adversary is not his Democrat opponent. It is the media itself.