Strategy implies autonomy within a given field of operations. As such, the strategic perspective tends structurally to be unavailable to subordinated agents. To them, the contingencies of fragmentary and often self-defeating tactics are the most that can be summoned. But such action contributes to the general, ultimately ungovernable chaos of the field, and thus may ultimately thwart the standpoint of strategy. In such moments of opening, a potential autonomy begins to emerge, and with it the possibility of counter-strategy. Until such moments, calls for a strategy of the subordinate slide necessarily into impotent abstractions. Impotent, though not necessarily pointless: with due self-consciousness, the concepts formed in a state of strategic paralysis can bring clarification.