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TACTICAL BRIEFING #18

Occupy the High Ground!

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Hey you creatives, artists, environmentalists, workers, moms, dads, students, malcontents, do-gooders and aspiring martyrs in the snow:

The last four months have been hard fought, inspiring and delightfully revolutionary. We brought tents, hunkered down, held our assemblies, and lobbed a meme-bomb that continues to explode the world's imagination. Many of us have never felt so alive. We have fertilized the future with our revolutionary spirit … and a thousand flowers will surely bloom in the coming Spring.

But as winter approaches an ominous mood could set in … hope thwarted is in danger of turning sour, patience exhausted becoming anger, militant nonviolence losing its allure. It isn't just the mainstream media that says things could get ugly. What shall we do to keep the magic alive?

Here are a couple of emerging ideas:

STRATEGY #1: We summon our strength, grit our teeth and hang in there through winter … heroically we sleep in the snow … we impress the world with our determination and guts … and when the cops come, we put our bodies on the line and resist them nonviolently with everything we've got.

STRATEGY #2: We declare "victory" and throw a party … a festival … a potlatch … a jubilee … a grand gesture to celebrate, commemorate, rejoice in how far we've come, the comrades we've made, the glorious days ahead. Imagine, on a Saturday yet to be announced, perhaps our movement's three month anniversary on December 17, in every #OCCUPY in the world, we reclaim the streets for a weekend of triumphant hilarity and joyous revelry.

We dance like we've never danced before and invite the world to join us.

Then we clean up, scale back and most of us go indoors while the die-hards hold the camps. We use the winter to brainstorm, network, build momentum so that we may emerge rejuvenated with fresh tactics, philosophies, and a myriad projects ready to rumble next Spring.

Whatever we do, let's keep our revolutionary spirit alive … let's never stop living without dead time.

for the wild,
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boydcster

The best tactic is always the least expected one and the one that keeps the occupiers in control of the situation. If we declare victory now we stop at a point of our own choosing, rather than waiting for nature or dirty tactics to make the decision for us. Quit while the movement is strong, rejuvenate throughout the winter and emerge twice as strong in the spring, filled with new strategies and deeper insight into the system that must be subverted. The downside is that it let's the enemy regroup. This time we caught them off guard - next time they'll be waiting. But actually this is all the more reason to follow strategy #2. They are already on guard against Occupy movements, so the advantage of surprise is lost in any case. Why not render all the elaborate defenses they are now no doubt building against us a useless waste of money? Use the strength of the enemy against himself.

But another strategy leaps to mind - in Oakland they tried to occupy an empty building expropriated by the banksters. What better symbol of our oppression by the 1% could there be? Imagine what would happen if those without jobs, homes, or prospects other than endless debt slavery were to take over these patently useless edifices kept empty of life by the very forces that have emptied the 99% of hope? What solidarity might rise up across the foreclosed nation when they see police battering and evicting those without homes into the snow from places that were built to serve flourishing human life, not deadening profit? What forces might be unleashed by resourceful homemakers with furniture bought cheaply and in large amounts? Who knows - even electricity might be negotiable.

By evicting the evictors, we would be humanizing what lies dead in the hands of the living dead, the zombies of Wall Street. We would be re-purposing what we workers have built and they have barred from meeting human need. And we'd warm our hopes in the community we would grow in the howling wasteland of corporate profit.

boydcster

The best tactic is always the least expected one and the one that keeps the occupiers in control of the situation. If we declare victory now we stop at a point of our own choosing, rather than waiting for nature or dirty tactics to make the decision for us. Quit while the movement is strong, rejuvenate throughout the winter and emerge twice as strong in the spring, filled with new strategies and deeper insight into the system that must be subverted. The downside is that it let's the enemy regroup. This time we caught them off guard - next time they'll be waiting. But actually this is all the more reason to follow strategy #2. They are already on guard against Occupy movements, so the advantage of surprise is lost in any case. Why not render all the elaborate defenses they are now no doubt building against us a useless waste of money? Use the strength of the enemy against himself.

But another strategy leaps to mind - in Oakland they tried to occupy an empty building expropriated by the banksters. What better symbol of our oppression by the 1% could there be? Imagine what would happen if those without jobs, homes, or prospects other than endless debt slavery were to take over these patently useless edifices kept empty of life by the very forces that have emptied the 99% of hope? What solidarity might rise up across the foreclosed nation when they see police battering and evicting those without homes into the snow from places that were built to serve flourishing human life, not deadening profit? What forces might be unleashed by resourceful homemakers with furniture bought cheaply and in large amounts? Who knows - even electricity might be negotiable.

By evicting the evictors, we would be humanizing what lies dead in the hands of the living dead, the zombies of Wall Street. We would be re-purposing what we workers have built and they have barred from meeting human need. And we'd warm our hopes in the community we would grow in the howling wasteland of corporate profit.

Anonymous

They tried to keep Occupy Orlando out of the vacant land across from the occupied Chamber of Commerce. After some research it was discovered that it was owned by a now defunct company from India. Now we are cultivating it.

Anonymous

They tried to keep Occupy Orlando out of the vacant land across from the occupied Chamber of Commerce. After some research it was discovered that it was owned by a now defunct company from India. Now we are cultivating it.

Niks von Steuben

Strategy #3: Occupy Strategic Climates. Throw an extended party at every #OCCUPY across the world, while occupiers in snowy climes pack their camps up, leave their occupation sites cleaner than they found them, and pile into buses, vans, and passenger cars to bolster the occupations taking place in the Gulf Coast, the American Southwest, and southern Europe.

Niks von Steuben

Strategy #3: Occupy Strategic Climates. Throw an extended party at every #OCCUPY across the world, while occupiers in snowy climes pack their camps up, leave their occupation sites cleaner than they found them, and pile into buses, vans, and passenger cars to bolster the occupations taking place in the Gulf Coast, the American Southwest, and southern Europe.

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