Battle for the Soul of Occupy

Round #5 - Will MoveOn knock us out?

As we prepare for the May uprising, two power centers of our movement have announced plans for a spectacular bi-coastal May 1st bridge blockade. On the West Coast, Occupy Oakland and Occupy San Francisco are planning rush hour disruptions on the Golden Gate Bridge while in New York City, occupiers say they will block one or more Manhattan-bound bridges. These acts of nonviolent direct action will set the tactical tone for the next phase of Occupy: they signal the turn towards Strike actions aimed at disrupting the flow of money. And, on a deeper level, these blockades come at a pivotal moment for Occupy as the movement grapples with a battle for its soul.

The question many occupiers are debating is whether the spirit and voice of Occupy will stay with the new left horizontals who launched the uprising or whether it will move towards MoveOn’s 99% Spring, and their old left buddies at The Nation magazine, Ben & Jerry’s, et al.

For the first most spectacular days of Occupy – such as on September 24 when eighty Zuccottis were arrested and shocking footage of women getting maced was replayed on national television – MoveOn ignored our movement. They decided to jump on board much later when 700 nonviolent occupiers were arrested on the Brooklyn Bridge. They saw this mass arrest as an opportunity to fold Occupy into their electoral Rebuild the Dream campaign to bolster Obama. At a time when Occupy was inspiring hundreds of thousands of people across the nation to take the squares, set up leaderless encampments and reinvent democracy in people’s assemblies, MoveOn held an October 5 online “Virtual March on Wall Street” with their friends at Rebuild the Dream.

At the peak of Occupy, when the people’s movement had catalyzed a global day of action on October 15 that saw millions of us in 82 countries rally in financial districts and capital cities for real democracy, MoveOn tried to cash in on Occupy’s momentum with a donation pitch. “We have to capitalize on this momentum now,” wrote MoveOn in an email to its members. “Can you chip in $5?”

And now, MoveOn wants to hijack our movement with their 99% Spring.

MoveOn is an existential threat to our movement because they don’t have a revolutionary bone in their body … if we give these clicktivists any more room then they will pull off a managed cooling of our revolutionary fervor … they will neuter the kind of bold, militant nonviolent direct actions that are the key to the next phase of our movement. Don’t let them do it!

Jump, jump, jump over the dead body of the old left!

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mil·i·tant adjective
1. vigorously active and aggressive, especially in support of a cause: militant reformers.
2. engaged in warfare; fighting.

In this case, we're referring to the first definition. Militant nonviolence is disciplined, active, and yes, aggressive. Agressiveness does not mean violent, it just means it might be in-your-face, taking a stand, speaking out, etc.


If Obama continues the failed war on drugs, which is a large part of the security apparatus then his vote will be cut by Ron Paul, and Romney will win the white house.


The Drug war should be the number one pressing issue. No one can vote with their feet. A passport is the only way an individual can pursue freedom of choice and a personal awakening to what it means to be a law-abiding human.


The truth that the US government could have ended "War on Drugs" years ago. Yet it is such a useful tool-of- control that there is no reason to win it.


Adbusters, you continue with your articles regarding the "soul of occupy". Who does the soul of occupy belong too? I think it belongs to the 99%. I think they have a right to do as they wish.

If the 99% are to actually change the world for the better, for all, it will need to be just that, the 99%. It will need to include all those who wish to be a part of the change, and it will need to include all the issues that effect the 99%.

Adbusters you helped to give birth to OWS and the idea of the 99%, but now that the idea is alive and well, you might need to step out of the way, at times, and let the 99% chart their own course for the future. It's like giving birth to a child, eventually they need to go out into the world on their own and create a life for themselves.

I think we need to look at the big picture here, do we want the world to change to be a better place for all? Or do we want to change the world yet keep a hold on that change and try to control it to suit just some of the peoples needs or wants or visions? The outcome is the goal, the change is the goal, how we arrive there is not as important, what's important is to succeed in the changes.

We can join together, the 99%, all of us, and create a better world, or we can criticize each other and fight amongst ourselves, and try to control and manipulate the process and the outcome.

When history looks back at this idea and movement, is it important that history "sees" Adbusters, or any one individual or group, who worked for the change? No, I think the success will be if we can change the world for the better, for all, and hopefully that change is so complete that people don't even worry about who helped and who didn't, and who did more and who did less, or which organizations were involved.

I don't want any one or any organization to "co-opt" OWS, but I do want to see the 99% succeed. I want to see the new world for all, worldwide. If that takes the young republicans, and move-on, and the democrats, and the anarchists, and the wealthy, to all work at the issues that affect them, in their own way, then let them join in and lets get to work. We have a lot of work to do!


Protest should be made illegal, and people who espouse protesting should be imprisoned or at least under constant surveillance. It is imperative that those who seek to question authority and power be subjected to wiretapping, hacking, and information retrieval. Fear should be instilled in the would be protester to dissuade any sense of democratic liberties. We live in times of terrorist threats, and it is a danger to criticize the Obama administration. Protesters should be shot like at Kent State in the 60's. It makes sense to imprison, torture, and murder people who would think about peaceful actions of dissent. That is the only way to keep the structure of power in place. Otherwise there would chaos with freedom instead of chaos with restraint.

We must never forget that the terrorists are everywhere, they want to take our freedom to be silent away from us, they want to take our freedoms away and replace them with terror. We must stand firm against the terrorist/protesters, because one day they will put flowers in rifles, and we will have to kill them. That is what we must do to protect freedom and democracy. We must spy on our friends and neighbours, we must only speak as though rights to speech and information are conditional and bound by laws governing those things. If you say you disagree with government policies and actions, this is choosing to side with the terrorists. Then you should be defamed, silenced, and threatened. Because to speak against the political/corporate establishment is to choose terrorism.

To protest is the same as hijacking planes and murdering thousands of people. There is no line that separates those 2 things, they are the exact same. We know this because we accept that the threat is constant and everywhere, we can only be kept in check with fear and denial. Protesting, writing, speaking, and sharing information about alternative ideas is the same as constructing bombs and keeping an arsenal of weapons, there is absolutely no difference.

We must keep the corporate machine lubricated with the blood of our children, so that as cancer rates and birth defects rise from the accumulation of toxins, we will be able to completely deny those effects, and have laws in place to arrest and jail protesters who would terrorize us with their false rhetoric about industrial pollution- which has been around since the beginning of time.

It is illegal to inform people of the chemicals used in fracking for natural gas, because then they will know what is making them sick and would have legal power to sue the corporations responsible. Instead these people should be harassed by shadowing mercenaries that are outsourced and paid by government contract to keep people in check.

China is the ideal model of the Obama administration. We must do as they do to prosper and poison our populace and butcher the earth for gain and profit by few. This is democracy and capitalism in action, it is the great sacrifice that the lower classes must make for their great gods. Only our corporate overlords really understand what is good for us; which is cancer and birth defects, forced slavery for plastic crap, consumer mind set manufactured desires that will never be filled with shit-laced steroidal GMO cow burgers.

The terrorists will stop at nothing to tell the truth to people. This is the primacy of their threat. It is important that we have false flag operations and plant bombs and guns on protesters to ensure that they can be washed in the media as a threatening danger to our established order of things. Which is freedom and prosperity for all who succumb to the force of our pressure.

Government cannot be held accountable to its terrorist citizens. Potential terrorists and thought criminals are everywhere, they are making demands. We must think about covert ways to kill and silence them and make it look like they were druggies who overdosed. That is how we can win the war on terror, and the war on drugs, and the war on the earth, and the war on humanity, and the war on life, and the war on truth.

We must not allow the terrorists to suggest notions that will disarm our fear state. The governments main job is to ensure the prosperity of corporate rule, and to detain and murder terrorists as they appear. Terrorists are classified as the following: citizens of the world

These are all potential suspects who can be subjected to lawless imprisonment, torture, and murder. This is important because laws are no longer applicable to us. Only the terrorists who are everyone must adhere to law. Government can become further a shadow entity while the terrorists must be revealed through profiles which will soon be codified into laws from birth, in order to maintain control over the potential terrorists.

Terrorists will demand things like clean air, clean water, non-toxic living conditions, and a standard of humanity for governments and corporations to adhere to. We must kill them before they grow and become a threat to us. The terrorists will stop at nothing to tell the truth.

We fear the terrorists.


A Department of Homeland Security intelligence report on "American Values: The #1 Threat to Corporate Profits"?


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