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OWS GUT CHECK

Three challenges Occupy must overcome.

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Hey you nimble dreamers, believers and jammer tacticians out there,

Our movement has reemerged from winter hibernation to find that this spring we are different but so too is the political and tactical situation. Occupy now faces a series of existential challenges that will define the month of May and set the tone for our long-term future.

#1 challenge: Jump over the corporate media

It took the New York Times two weeks last year to wake up to the insurrection percolating in their own backyard. This May Day, we saw an insidious attempt to ignore and discredit us right across the mainstream media. Time to jam the corpo-commercial lie machine and shift the way information flows and meaning is produced. Here is occupier Charles Young’s take on the blackout:

“I know. It’s just a coincidence. Or conspiracy theory. The .01% who rule the United States would never stoop to such stunts to knock Occupy Wall Street off the front page and surround it with mentions of terrorism… But Occupy wasn’t on the Times’ front page, online or in print, either.”

Read more at Counterpunch.

#2 challenge: Block the co-optation of our movement

Last September, the old left didn’t want to touch us. Then Occupy captured the world’s imagination and now they are jumping in to channel our energy into electoral politics and symbolic actions. Founding Zuccotti Marisa Holmes warns that the co-opters are a deep threat to our movement:

“This is an election year. Everything is at stake. There will be many more attempts like The 99% Spring to come. The 1% have no intention of funding a movement that actually poses a threat to their power. They seek to manage social movements via foundations thru resource allocation, top-down structures, and co-opting language. In the past this strategy has proven effective at dividing, conquering, and integrating movements into respectable forms of activism, and it’s starting to take hold… We have realized our collective power, and we must not be pacified!”

Read more in the Occupy! Gazette #4.

#3 challenge: Occupy the future

Our most difficult task of all is to describe, build and sustain the post-capitalist future we want to live in. Here is Slavoj Žižek’s stab to get your juices flowing:

“It is not enough to reject the depoliticized expert rule as the most ruthless form of ideology; one should also begin to think seriously about what to propose instead of the predominant economic organization, to imagine and experiment with alternate forms of organization, to search for the germs of the New. Communism is not just or predominantly the carnival of the mass protest when the system is brought to a halt; Communism is also, above all, a new form of organization, discipline, hard work.”

Read more at the Guardian.

Hey occupiers: the old world has no future; their leaders have no solutions. Now everything from how we live to how we love and how the world is governed is up for grabs. Can we rise to the challenge? Let the tactical brainstorm begin.

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OccupyWallStreet.org / Tactical Briefing #29 and #30 / On May 12, retake the squares and on May 18, spark the #LAUGHRIOT then join the movement in Chicago

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Anonymous

Americans. You gotta love 'em

Their troops and drones are killing Afhani children by the dozens every day and yet they think their
gay rights, women's issues, single-father issues, bad elites, unfair banks, gun rights, right to smoke m,
heartbreak of psorriosis, their freedom, their right to march for this or that or the other liberal or illiberal cause is of paramount importance to anyone but themselves. Hope their Military finally imprisons the lot
of 'em.

Anonymous

OWS is against the wars. Most Americans are. We are not a democracy here any more. We can't stop anything until the people get control of this country again and that's what this is all about.

Killing people is uncalled for and a crime against humanity. We want this stopped. We want the war industry dismantled, we want new technologies because oil is a curse.

Anonymous

Occupy's number one priority should be stopping aggressively bred needle-juiced military-Americans from
murdering any more of the planet's children. I will allow that they should also figure out a way of keeping the same animals from inflicting head injuries on Occupy. Then they can turn their sights on less important
matters. I mean who actually in the world outside gives a fuck what happens to the most murderous nation
in history if the good people there still grant safe harbor to animals who'll go half the world over to kill children.

There's battles to be fought but those should be waged against our infanticical murderers in uniforms not flim flam bankers and poli-hucksters in D.C.

Anonymous

The flim flam bankers and poli-hucksters are military enablers and backers. They all work together along with the defense industry, the oil industry, security apparatus and various industry sectors to achieve foreign policy objectives and geopolitical strategies. They're intertwined.

Anonymous

Bankers and politicians are bitches and hos of the Generals. They're under operational authority of the junta.

You need to fix your organizational chart. Or wait until you make grade 7. Understand there's better scripts
and more advanced training at that stage of a recruit's career.

On a side note the military doesn't care too much about strategy or coordinating with factors outside their
immediate area of interest. If they want something they take it. If they want somebody dead they kill him. If
they want Occupy to concentrate resources on a diversion they stage it and use internet disinformationalists
to help achieve the outcome they want.

Now toddle off.

Anonymous

The bailouts from the Fed to domestic and international banks totaled more than 16 trillion, within a 2.5 year period. That dwarfs MIC revenue.

Whoever controls the money flow rules the world. The US dollar is the world reserve currency. If the military was pulling the strings of the politicians (including the president) and bankers, then Clinton, Carter, Reagan, and GHW Bush, would have been embroiled in major wars, which they were not.

Bombs and oil prop up the dollar, not the other way around.

If as you claim, a military junta were running the country, (and indeed the world) there would be no way for anyone to topple it, bother it, or stop it. Therefore, Occupy is irrelevant to the "junta". They already have the media on side and the biennial distraction of electoral Kabuki.

Anyone claiming that Occupy is an unwitting tool of any person or organization, is a lying sack of shit.

Anonymous

Now why on earth would the U.S. Military be impossible to defeat? And why would you be spreading that lie of all lies? Job security? I can think of at least a half dozen vulnerabilities within that organization off the top of my head.

Some real shit in your post. Occupy is not irrelevant to the Military. Only a dumbass would miss the Military
presence at Occupy. And only a dumbass would be acting like they love Occupy while misleading about the
Military and its proveable place at the top of the chain.

Kalle's Krap

"I can think of at least a half dozen vulnerabilities within that organization off the top of my head."

Well then, if you're a patriot, better let them know, because maybe they won the Cold War by fluke?

Or if you're more inclined to bring them down, maybe take a hike to your local Chinese Embassy and spill the beans, because I bet they'd make you a rich man.

That is, unless you are completely full of it...

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