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America's Authoritarian Turn

Speaking truth to power becomes a crime.

JOHN MINCHILLO

Ever since the rise of Occupy, corporatist authorities have been trying to figure how to squash our emerging social movement. First they tried a media blackout, but when over 700 nonviolent meme warriors were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge our Gandhian ferocity catalyzed a thousand encampments and the 1% could ignore us no more. Next elites tried the Bloomberg model of midnight paramilitary raids backed up by excessive force and sometimes-lethal munitions. That worked well to evict encampments in New York City, Oakland and nationwide … but it backfired when occupiers became diffuse, appearing at scripted events and interrupting the spectacle of corporate-funded politics with mic checks of truth. Now they are trying the new tactic of “lawfare” – using draconian laws to squash free speech in a last ditch effort to put an end to people power.

A week before the G8 Backdown, the US House of Representatives voted in near unanimous consensus in favor of an authoritarian law, H.R. 347, that makes it a federal crime to disrupt “Government business or official functions” or to enter any building where a “person protected by the Secret Service is or will be temporarily visiting.” In other words, to mic check Obama is now a federal crime punishable by a year in prison. And so too is the banner drop if it takes place in any building that a “protected” person might be visiting in the future, even if jammers don’t know it. And so is the anti-globalization tactic of blocking road access to a meeting of world elites, there is a special clause about that too. Obama signed the bill into law on March 9.

History shows that using authoritarian laws to silence the authentic, legitimate concerns of the people always boomerangs into a fatal loss of legitimacy. Governments derive their authority and right to exist from the people and when the people are ignored and beaten back regimes fall.

Read more about H.R. 347 at the dailyagenda.org and the lawfareblog.com and then brainstorm below on how Occupy can outmaneuver this new tactic of repression.

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Anonymous

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http://www.reddit.com/r/occupywallstreet/comments/q5dj5/let_your_life_be_a_friction_to_stop_the_machine/

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Anonymous

Attack the Riot Police with Home-Made-Paint-Filled water balloons containing every color launched from sling shots!

You cant wear a visor if it's been painted!

Instead of a black block, we'll have a rainbow block and wear rainbow colours in a food fight with the Fuzz!

Anonymous

I love that idea. Will you marry me? :)

We can hold the wedding at a protest and have the wedding party wear gas masks...

davidrdurham

EVERYONE should go to The White House on Facebook and post your comments against this NAZI-esque law!! Mr Obama has been running around the country preaching about his support of peaceful decent and of the peaceful nature of The Occupy movement. Now this???? True colors of all these people that created and enacted this law are now exposed!!! What does it mean?? They may not admit it, but, hey...the Movement has gotten to close for their comfort!!! It's time to SQUASH IT!!

WHEN DO THE TANKS ROLE IN??? Looks like the Administration is taking some ideas being used by the Assad regime in Syria....CRUSH THE DESCENT!!!

WELCOME TO THE MATRIX!!!!!

Bjornoccucopia

"Mr Obama has been running around the country preaching about his support of peaceful decent [sic] and of the peaceful nature of The Occupy movement."

When and where was this?

Anonymous

Remember "rock the vote"? it was designed to get young people out to vote, and it worked wonders for Obama. We need to start a movement called "boycott the vote." this is where all the people who helped Obama win the first elections simply refuse to vote. We let the White House know that we are all pissed, and that we are not going to make the effort to support someone who does not support us. Obama needs us more than we need him in this next election. If he wants to get another 4 years, then he needs to know that our apathy to drive 4 blocks to the local polling station is strong, very strong. long live political apathy. seriously, we need to start a movement to not vote.

Anonymous

Better to start a movement to "boycott the Democratic/Republican Party."
Not voicing your opinion (by voting for what you believe in) is stupid when you have that option.

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