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Battle for the Soul of Occupy

Jump, jump, jump over the dead body of the old left!

Alright you jammers, occupiers and Springtime dreamers,

First they silenced our uprising with a media blackout… then they smashed our encampments with midnight paramilitary raids… and now they’re threatening to neutralize our insurgency with an insidious campaign of donor money and co-optation. This counter-strategy worked to kill off the Tea Party’s outrage and turn it into a puppet of the Republican Party. Will the same happen with Occupy Wall Street? Will our insurgency turn into the Democrats’ Tea Party pet?

It’s up to you to decide if our movement goes the way of Paris ’68, the dust bin of could-have-been-insurrections, or something more daring, more inspiring, something not yet dreamed.

Will you allow Occupy to become a project of the old left, the same cabal of old world thinkers who have blunted the possibility of revolution for decades? Will you allow MoveOn, The Nation and Ben & Jerry to put the brakes on our Spring Offensive and turn our struggle into a “99% Spring” reelection campaign for President Obama?

We are now in a battle for the soul of Occupy… a fight to the finish between the impotent old left and the new vibrant, horizontal left who launched Occupy Wall Street from the bottom-up and who dreams of real democracy and another world.

Whatever you do, don’t allow our revolutionary struggle to fizzle out into another lefty whine and clicktivist campaign like has happened so many times in the past. Let’s Occupy the clicktivists and crash the MoveOn party. Let’s #DEFENDOCCUPY and stop the derailment of our movement that looms ahead.

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OccupyWallStreet.org / Tactical Briefing #25, #26, #27 and #28 / Check out Oakland occupier Mike King’s take on MoveOn’s 99% Spring

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Anonymous

I absolutely agree! We need peace and agreement to succeed not inserrection and anarchy. We need to fix what we are doing and how things are run, not completely destroy our country by rejecting everything that we already have. We have to work with what we have and transform it into a new world order. Inserrection equals destruction and that will take many, many more years to rebuild if it's even possible, than if we slowly change things by spreading awareness.

glenfraser

Soul, Soul of Occupy, what soul? How can you have soul if you have no direction? From the inception this Occupy movement has declared no soul.. Or, or won’t tell anyone.. We have no leaders, no common complaint, just a raging band of people bitching at the govt. Well Occupy, don’t you think it’s time to get one.. A Soul. How in the hell are we going to change this insidious corruption and greed that has permeated throughout our elected officials. We started Occupy, and I put forth my efforts to bring us all together to defeat the evil that has engulfed us. You in Occupy still haven’t done anything to advance our cause, but complain. The co-op that you speak of, who, I bet only a few of them are doing us harm, but they are everywhere just like everywhere else in life. Don’t you think that they are there, most of them, doing us a good service, we need all of them under Occupy’s banner.. We need time to fix the corruption and greed; you think you can do that by destroying our Govt. Government is “We the People”. Why do you forget it? Is it due to the toys in your hands that allow you instant gratification? Read, educate, and do something productive to help fix it, that’s called voting.. And if anyone reading this thinks that any one of the republicans are here to help, you are a sad individual, Obama is not our savior, but a whole lot better, if you don’t see that, I feel bad for you. We can vote this away from our govt, but are choosing to riot, well, we are to take to the streets as foot soldiers to bring attention to our anger, Is Occupy about ending corruption and bringing back fairness or isn’t it? We must be able to spot our fellow anons; we may be surprised at what we see. Don’t you see what is happening in the US, and Canada? I know this is global and I endorse this concept. But, here, it is going to be a Civil War and Revolution if we don’t co-op with all like minded individuals groups to defeat this onslaught by the republican machine. Half of the country won’t vote for Obama, just because of his race.. You say Global Revolution; here in the country I love, it will be a CIVILUTION.. and it isn’t going to be pretty. May whoever you pray to, Help Us..
Battling for the Soul of Occupy.. Give me a break..,

Anonymous

We've been fighting this fight in LA since Day 1. The Old Left will be radicalized, or else.

http://ola-asm.tumblr.com/

Anonymous

3Ola-asm, you may feel radical, but you're not. You are as radical as a pimp or a pusher. Sure you are in conflict with the system, big deal. Real radicals are ORGANIZING to OVERTHROW the system, not be pests. We want to win, you want to make waves.

genuiNEWitty

Replace the word 'Democrats' with 'NDP' and this article perfectly explains the situation at Canadian occupations!

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