Adbusters

Battle for the Soul of Occupy

Round #5 - Will MoveOn knock us out?

sinkers.org

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!

Adbusters 111 Cover

On Newsstands December 3

At last we’re in Winter. It’s the year 2047. A worn scrapbook from the future arrives in your lap. It offers a stunning global vision, a warning to the next generations, a repository of practical wisdom, and an invaluable roadmap which you need to navigate the dark times, and the opportunities, which lie ahead.

Subscribe to Adbusters Magazine

142 comments on the article “Battle for the Soul of Occupy”

Displaying 61 - 70 of 142

Page 7 of 15

Anonymous

Totally agree that Move-On & company have proven their ineffectiveness more times than I care to relive. But pinning the tail solely on Move-on ignores the fecklessness closer to the point of production, where all that precious wealth is actually created. The taming of once militant, once horizontal, unions like the UAW into company union pets of Democratic Party jackasses is arguably a more concerning betrayal than whatever Move-On thinks it does for people's lives. Like it or not, jobs, goods and services – what workers care about and have a proven ability to control – are a more vital fulcrum to fight for than some stamp-licking get-out-the-vote squad for duplicitous Dems. Keep our eye on the prize. ALL power to the people! ( More on connecting occupy's potential with labor's aqui: http://www.nycga.net/groups/occupy-your-workplace/docs/occupy-your-workplaces-by-gregg-shotwell )

Anonymous

Yes , I agree. the elections are a lost cause at this point. They are completely co opted and vote counting is going exclusively to a Goldman Sachs owned outfit.

Did you people know that Iceland has declared all Mortgages null and void as they remove themselves from the false paradigms of the elite control. Check it out. Total news blackout here .
http://www.dailypaul.com/226520/brilliant-iceland-forgives-mortgage-debt-of-its-population

MARK.CREEKWATER

DEAR FRIENDS: WARM GREETINGS !!
BELOW IS A FLYER FOR FOLKS WHO PLAN TO GO TO CHICAGO THIS YEAR, AND ALSO FOR THOSE WHO WILL BE THERE "IN SPIRIT" ONLY PLEASE FEEL FREE TO COPY + DISTRIBUTE !!
#####################################################################
I'V BEEN A PEACE-ACTIVIST SINCE THE LEGENDARY 1960s: THE OCCUPY-MOVEMENT IS THE STRONG-EST MOVEMENT WHICH I'V SEEN IN THE USA SINCE THAT TIME: WE HAVE THE POTENTIAL TO QUICK-LY BUILD A PEACE-FULL + JUST SOCIETY, BUT ONLY IF WE'R SMART !!
AND WE ALSO NEED TO BE BRAVE ...
IF U GO TO CHICAGO, BE SMART: DON'T GIVE THE POLICE ANY EXCUSE TO ATTACK U !!
BECAUSE THAT IS JUST WHAT THE 1% WANT U TO DO: THEY WANT YOU TO DO SOME-TING STUPID, TO GIVE THE POLICE AN EXCUSE TO ATTACK, BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT ***ANY*** VIOLENCE MAKEs US LOOK BAD !!
WHAT-EVER HAPPENs, DO NOT BREAK ANY WINDOWS + DO NOT GRAFFITI ANY BUILDINGS:
HANG-ING A BANNER IS KOOOL, BUT NOT SPRAY-PAINT'N GRAFFITI ... PLUS: BE AWARE THAT THERE MIGHT BE POLICE-PROVOCATEURS IN THE CROWD: IF U SEE ANY-BODY BREAK A WINDOW, THEN GET RIGHT UP IN THEIR FACE,
AND MAKE THEM PROVE THAT THEY'R NOT A COP !!
################################################
IT'S WELL-KNOWN THAT THE POLICE HAVE ALREADY
INFILTRATED OCCUPY-ACTIONS: A STANDARD
CROWD-CONTROL TACTIC WHICH POLICE USE TO DIS-
CREDIT US BY ACTUAL-LY START-ING, {IE, "PROVOKE-ING"} VIOLENCE !!
###############################################################
BE SMART: THE FIRST GUY OR GAL TO BREAK A WINDOW JUST MIGHT BE A COP !!
WE HAVE BIG LOTS OF ACTUAL + POTENTIAL SUPPORT, BUT WE LOSE IT IF OUR ACTIONS IN CHICAGO DE-GENERATE TO SENSE-LESS, NEED-LESS VIOLENCE ...
DO NOT ATTACK THE POLICE: BE SMART: IF POLICE ATTACK YOU, DO NOT ATTACK BACK: THIS IS HOW WE WIN SUPPORT: THE 1% ARE FEAR-FULL + PARANOID, BECAUSE THEY KNOW THAT WE ARE STRONG AND
THAT WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN !!
BE SMART: DO NOT RESPOND TO POLICE-VIOLENCE, OR TO POLICE PROVOCATION ...
NON-VIOLENCE IS WAY-MORE EFFECTIVE + POWER-FULL, BECAUSE WE WIN WAY-MORE SUPPORT WHEN WE'R NON-VIOLENT, *** WHAT-EVER ELSE HAPPENS !! ***
########################################
BE SMART: DO NOT PROVOKE VIOLENCE !!
SINCERE-LY, [email protected],

Anonymous

Using social networking services means this was co-opted by day 1.

It's incredibly stupid to organize protests over Facebook, Twitter, and the like. That's all I have to say about that.

Anonymous

Facebook and twitter eat themselves by allowing OWS to use them. You understand? They can be reigned in using their own system against them.

Anonymous

Also, as well as this site, what about spreading the word on RT.com? Watch out for Max, watch out for the World Tomorrow!

Anonymous

It makes no sense for OWS to be co opted by the party of Wall street, the Dems. The main complaint of OWS is that the levers of government have been co-opted by two parties who basically work for one small fraction of people and they are handing them simply everything, including cart blanc use of the citizens for their enterprises and complete control by allowing monopolies on life sustain necessities.

As we talk, they are buying up or purposely fouling all the water on the planet. The kind of control this points to is chilling beyond measure and a world where the culture is totally acclimated and accepting of people dropping to their knees to the one percent for bjs or whatever is the obvious goal. Complete control of the water will give these people Marquis de Sade like power over the masses and obviously this is their goal. This is an extreme example but one that is clearly doable if things get any worse and the kind of implications that are had with Gitmo, torture, NDAA, and the constant surveillance of people that is more than crossing the line of Marquis de Sade like domination of people's every moment.

I think that Occupy needs to focus some serious energy on the presidential elections. This election is pretty much a lost cause, but we can talk about the fact that we are given only two candidates that belong to the One Percent and that this is no choice. We should be talking about that none stop. What happened to Ron Paul is seriously a concern. I was not a RP supporter because I think his views on single payer and health care are antiquated and bias towards people that grew up and lived Beaver Cleaver lives, but watching him being outted illegally by the control of the MSM and those controlling vote counting illustrated clearly WHY our candidates are always serving the thin slice called the one percent at our expense.

By continually and exclusively serving this thin slice, our Congressmen, senators, and SCOTUS have turned this country into a country of rule by royalty. I believe that while the one percent has been criminal, our leaders are the larger criminals as they have allowed it and sold out our great nation and the protections our families have died to preserve for generations. Criminals are a problem and always will be, but the problem we have is far beyond the problems of criminals, it is criminals in charge of an entire planet. This was done by buying our government with money they stole from us and acquired by false flag wars etc.

This was done one immoral cold blooded politician and judge at a time. With all "plants" basically controlling our government, we cease to have one, which is where we are now. What was once our government has been co opted by the elite. That's their MO and why they have come for OWS.

OWS can only merge with people that are trying to restore the government and its offices back to WE the People. The Dems are clearly not these people particularly in light of NDAA which is all on the Dems' tab. This is an unbelievable slap in the face of Obama constituents. Clearly he sees us as servants to the one percent as well, and the founding principles of this nation mean less than nothing to him. These are principles the rest of us have held dear as did our parents before us.

I am very afraid of the people that are running this country and are obviously happy to turn the US into a war colony for the worldwide control of the elites. We are in serious trouble and we are on the edge of no return. The elites are changing the world into a cruel and Star wars like cultural wasteland of warring serfs who will think nothing of killing over a scrap of food. Our kids will live horrible lives if we allow these people to continue. We are already seeing what these royals really think and want.

Pages

Add a new comment

Comments are closed.