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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

I haven't been as in to a lot of the "tactical briefings" coming out from Adbusters about Occupy, but this one is actually pretty good.

I'm really glad to see that y'all have been hitting back against the co-optation by the "old left."

However, I wish you would broaden your critique to reject the entirety of "the left." We should realize that "the left" as it were is dead and the sooner that we forget its outdated and morbid forms of organization, the better.

Here's an article that comes out of Grand Rapids and their Occupy about the limits of leftist politics:

http://sproutac.org/2012/05/01/the-99-spring-and-occupy/

It might be worth checking out.

Justin T

What dya mean by "old left"?

If you mean like Joe Biden and Bob Rae, I agree. Who needs em.

Anonymous

No, they shouldn't when the Old Left is about enacting the bullshit scam that they are working for the people when it is obvious that both parties work for the 1%. The Old Left is equally guilty of allowing all this war and all this theft by the international financial elite. The old left and the GOP are one happily married couple both working for Goldman Sachs and having little love spats that translate to nothing but the illusion of Democracy.

Anonymous

If we are talking about the fake left - that are helping to support the 1% - then totally agree. But what about the grass-roots left-wing, with ideas in common with the Occupy movement? Does not THIS left have something in common?

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