Running strings is about how people cooperate with one another in a
secretive, illicit and defiant manner to perform operations against the
grain of the mainstream (legal) side of a country’s system. Closely
connected to the acts themselves are why they do it. It’s how they
move information, finances, and players in a coordinated manner for set
The concept is closely tied to ZOI, Zone of Influence, as well as to
Strands of Interronnection, both discussed elsewhere.
Running strings has a pulse to it and an identifiable set of
characteristics when a particular emotional basis is behind the defiance.
For example, if drug selling is tied to anti-American agendas, the pulse
can take on an old historic pattern among the Chicanos or blacks
involved. If running strings involves a male-first orientation, men could
be attacking and defying women as “a bunch of bitches” as part of their
In both cases and others, there might be habits of networked attacks
giving the strings identifiable characteristics. Part of it might be