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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

Hey

It was also good strategy from the Generals' viewpoint to have Military-Americans gain control of both parties.
Hell the big moves to the Democrats at different stages could have been pushed from above for that matter. -just

Anonymous

"He's five foot two and he's six feet four, he fights with missiles and with spears. He's all of thirty-one and he's only seventeen, He's been a soldier through a thousand years.

He's a Catholic, a Hindu, an atheist, a Jain, a Buddhist, a Baptist and a Jew. And he knows he shouldn't kill
and he knows he always will kill you for me my friend and me for you.

And he's fighting for Canada, he's fighting for France, he's fighting for the USA. And he's fighting for the Russains and he's fighting for Japan, and he thinks we'll put an end to war this way.

And he's fighting for democracy, he's fighting for the Reds, he says it's for the peace of all. He's the one who must decide, who's to live and who's to die, and he never sees the writing on the wall.

But without him, how would Hitler have condemned him at Dachau, without him Caesar would have stood alone. He's the one who gives his body as a weapon of the war, and without him all this killing can't go on.

He's the universal soldier, and he really is to blame, his orders come from far away, no more. They come from here and there and you and me and brothers can't you see, this is not the way we put the end to war."

Anonymous

You make the troops sound like real sweethearts

I don't know whether to kick your ass or kiss your ass. Ima redneck so i depends on whether i'm drunk or not.

Anonymous

I bet military people sleep well and dream of the nonconsensual acts they've committed or will commit the next day.

Anonymous

That's cuz they're all hypnotized.

They're all zombie killing machines - look at their man, they aren't human!

Anonymous

Kids in armed forces these days sound so sick. I can help them if they disarm, detox and be
strapped to dolly and wheeled around in Hannibal Lector style restraints including facemask.
Must have facemask or no help. solly!

Anonymous

Your point of view is disturbing. These soldiers are wounded beings forced by a perverse society to do what they are taught is bad their entire lives. Society must heal itself and get rid of those running the show that are using this country and our children for ruthless power and consolidation of the world's resources.

Don't turn on these kids. That is destructive to the cause. They must know that Americans want them healed and whole and that we are willing to put things in place to see that this happens. Then things will change. Guaranteed.

Anonymous

Average age of U.S. combat troop, 28.

The why aspect of the Military's use of these devils has been answered.

The how does the military indoctrinate so many "kids" into acts of homicidal perversion question, however
isn't even the question we should be asking ourselves since it's the wrong question. Because that's not
what the Military is doing. The Military instead relies on its representatives in DC - that would be the whole of Congress, whoever is the sitting symbol of "Presidential" power in the WH, and the Supreme Court - to introduce, pass and approve laws that seem to have the exclusive aim of attracting homicidal people into its domestic and global law enforcement systems. Of course the primary aim of these Military backed laws is the quick or prolonged disposal of resistance to the Military's acts of taking. Our current laws reflect these goals effectively and programs to recruit enthusiastic enforcers aren't needed. That is because our seasoned dictatorship knows it simply needs to build a fascist playground and murderous perverts will show up to play in it.

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