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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

This article got me to thinking about the absolute perversity of the U.S. Military and how they are all pretty much exhibitionist murderers. Is that a new classification of group psychosis? Zounds!

Anonymous

So I go to this revival meeting to see the preacher about my hearing.
And I get up on stage and the good preacher sticks his mic right up there in my face and asks me what the lord
could help me with today. So I said I needed help with my hearing. Well then right then and there he called
up the devil hisself from the pits of hell and God almighty down from his throne from the kingdom of heaven and right there on that stage the preacher had them rolling around in my heart wrestling for my very soul. And then it stopped just like that well by that point I didn't know what had just gone on and then all of a sudden the preached slapped my forehead and I went reeling back falling into the arms of what looked like two federalBI agents on steroids. Well they got me to my feet and reeled me around to face out toward the congregation of
poor and somewhat dislocated looking children of hebron or what ever they was and up went the preachers
mic in my face again. Preacher looked at me and then out at the folks in the audience who looked up at both of us in a mixture of fear hope and trembling awe and asked me no demanded me to tell everyone including Jesus hisself who could have been that fella in the folding chair near the rear tent flap how my hearing was NOW!

I said I don't know it ain't til Tuesday.

MaggieMay

As the movement scales up it will need more organization and a governance model beyond Consensus.
Consensus is a decision making tool but not a full governance model. There is an emerging movement using a model called "Dynamic Governance" in the USA that is based on Sociocracy. It is fairly flat as far as hierarchy and uses Consent to make decisions and a circle organizational structure. It guarantees equivalence and ensures that no policy decision affecting circles can be made if one person has a paramount objection. It provides both principals and practices. Google Sociocracy and research it. When I first learned of Sociocracy (in 2002)much of the material was in Dutch or translated to English by Dutch speaking folks and seemed a bit stilted. We created a website with the basics at www.sociocracyinaction.ca

Anonymous

The Military maintains Wall St to commodify and market its stolen acquisitions. So who works for whom? Do public murderers (Military) with an institutional history of over 250 years and loyalty to principles dating to cave dwelling days actually do the bidding of hedgefund managers and brokerage firm CEOs? Or coddled bankers? Or maybe silly fuckhead presidents can order them around?

No. The Military has monopolized the means and tools for over-whelming merciless violence and isn't hesitant to deploy them against any challenges or bids to its command and control of the political, financial and societal terrain.

Anonymous

"It is better to be violent, if there is violence in our hearts, than to put on the cloak of nonviolence to cover impotence." Gandhi

You tell 'em, Gandhi. Hell yeah!. - st.just

Anonymous

Starting to look like the rich are going to have to pay their tax bill and not be able to pass it off onto others. Sarkozy down and the Greek austerity government down! New French leader anounces austerity is not the way.

75% of profit in the US during the last 10 years came from wage reductions. 2.3 trillion dollars or 30% of global profit comes from not calculating in externality costs. Under these conditions the rich wanted pass along the costs of their rent seeking gambling habit to people who were already vitimized by it. The rich are facing having to eat their own cakes, that's called justice, the tide is turning.

Anonymous

Its coming out that countries with higher Gini coefficients basically suck and have compromised future prospects because of it. Even policy makers are starting to take notice. How do we get the US Gini coefficient into the sub .20 range?

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