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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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dravazed

It's a pity there's so much importance attached to being cool, which usually seems to be expressed by a sneer. Maybe it's a lifetime of being dissed, shuttled around, and pissed on by the 1%--people tend to take on the attitudes & values of their oppressors. I don't know. In any case, a lot of the despair that sometimes seeps out here is masked by hip dismissal and random trashing. Sort of like real life, a bit.

Gut check. I'm happy to say that outside this hipster arena, it seems pretty upbeat right now. We have our usual allotment of fools who equate broken windows with smashing the State, but apart from them and the cops, the mood is good. People I encounter are really jazzed about May Day and looking forward to further, future actions.

Anonymous

Nothing good domestically or globally can be permanently done until the fascist forces of the U.S.Military are defeated, its personell and associates put behind bars, their property and assets confiscated, and their ability to breed curtailed.

Who's in?

Dr Strangelove

Defeating the biggest and best military force in the world is a bit of a challenge.

Heck, for spouting your idea, they probably already know who you are and where you live and are watching and listening to you at this very moment. Sucks to be you. Oh well....

So what's your plan, Stan?

Anonymous

Today my plan is to keep reading and responding to the shit Military jerk-offs post anonymously on the web. Now go blow your co.

Dr Strangelove

The time you spend responding is detracting from you defeating the US military. Time's a-wasting, bud.

But it doesn't matter any longer, bud. We now know who you are and where you live.

Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha! Mwa-ha-ha-ha-ha!

Anonymous

Your co wants you to blow him again. Damn, I'll bet that's a part of Military 'honor' your military fuck uncle daddy never told you about. Am I right?

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