Spectrum of Allies
How it Works
In every social movement there is a struggle between those who are fighting for change and the status quo power-holders and their supporters. On one side, there are the activists who are pushing for change and on the other side there are those who are active opposers, people who actively take actions to prevent the change and maintain the status quo.
In this current struggle for freedom, we are usually focussed on those two groups but the truth is that most people are somewhere in-between. Society includes groups that are placed on a spectrum from closest to the point of view of your group, to farthest away. The spectrum of allies diagram illustrates this point. The goal of the spectrum of allies is to identify different people – or specific groups of people – in each category, then design actions and tactics to move them one wedge to the left.
The Benefits of This Tool
It is not necessary to win over the opponent to your point of view; it is only necessary to move the central pie wedges one step in our direction. If we shift each wedge one step, we are likely to win, even if the government, media and medical officials on the other side never move. That means our goal is not to convince the New World Order to end itself. Instead, the goal is to move the rest of the society to shut them down; a much easier, more doable proposition.
Many in our Freedom Movement have the mistaken idea that we need to win everyone to our side (which invites despair), or that we need to change the NWO or other people actively fighting against our campaign (again inviting despair). When organizers bring an optimistic attitude, instead of one of despair, it is much easier to get people to join our movement.
Different actions will appeal to people at different places in the spectrum; there are many ways to support a campaign, from lobbying politicians to marching in the streets. The Spectrum of Allies shows us that different roles are needed. The previous chapter on the four different roles in social movements works in conjunction with the Spectrum of Allies.
This tool also can reveal whether our strategies are effective or not. If we are winning allies over to our side, then we are doing some things right.
Do It With Your Group
This tool is good for small groups. Take some time to fill out the chart with your circle. “The public,” for example, is far too broad to reach, and your strategy will suffer as a result. You need to be specific to make this tool work. Identify specific groups – groups that have a phone number, or an address – a group with which you could attend a meeting, or meet with a leader. Think of specific individuals, both politically and socially influential, like elders and community leaders.
• It is a victory if we can get a group that was slightly hostile to move into neutrality.
• It is a victory if you can get the group/wedge next to our end of the spectrum to move into activism.
• It is usually not necessary to move the opponents a step toward you in order to win, although it can make the win happen faster.
• This tool can identify areas where we are not effective