Sabotage is a fascinating subject. Anybody can be a saboteur. It’s hard to tell if stupidity is actually calculated malice because it’s hard to tell what’s going on inside somebody’s mind. And yet the stupid worker & the saboteur both resemble each other in measurable outcomes. This is why sabotage is a timeless tactic.
So long as there’s been human civilization, there’s been attempts to sabotage it.
Naturally, we’re a self-sabotaging creature. Like the joke goes, —
god: i have made Mankind
angels: you fucked up a perfectly good monkey is what you did. look at it. it’s got anxiety
This self-sabotaging tendency of humans also gets expressed in society as sabotage. If we’re all one, to sabotage “the other side” is really just to sabotage ourselves. But anyway, that’s for the philosophers.
There are times in the short term where sabotage is a necessary strategy for political or military advancement. You cut the communications of the other side, you disrupt the flow of your enemy’s resources, you shut down their power plants.
Sabotage is the classical weapon of the exploited. They are the ones who are inside the bowels of the machine of the oppressor forces. They are the ones who know where the soft spots are. A saboteur doesn’t need to be organized by a formal movement. They simply need to be properly motivated, usually angry, & act.
Anybody can be a saboteur. You can become a saboteur right now, if you really wanted. All you’d have to do is … slow down :) Or goof something ;)