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MAY 18 GLOBAL #LAUGHRIOT

Tactical Briefing #27.

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Alright you wild cats, nimble dreamers and jammer tacticians,

In a sudden about-face, the United States has conceded a victory to Occupy and moved May’s G8 summit to Camp David, an impenetrable military base in rural Maryland. Wow! Looks like the specter of 50,000 occupiers ready to swarm with a list of demands has turned the climactic Showdown in Chicago into a humiliating G8 Backdown. Bravo! Splitting the G8 and NATO summits was a deft move… but now we’ve got a major tactical rethink on our hands.

The big question is do we follow Mao’s advice (“when the enemy retreats, we pursue”) or Sun Tzu’s (“Do not pursue an enemy who simulates flight”)? We’ve heard persuasive arguments on all sides. Some occupiers say the movement should lay chase and go for #OCCUPYCAMPDAVID against all odds … a month of tree-sits, lockdowns and nomadic encampments in the woods and nearby Thurmont. Others believe it’s best to up the ante with #OCCUPYCHICAGO: an even bigger mobilization beginning with the May Day General Strike. Still others advocate an unpredictable everywhere-at-once global insurgency of anarchic swarms throughout the month of May.

When Ben Ali first attacked then tried to hide from his people, he was toppled. When Mubarak refused to negotiate and tried to beat his people back into line, he was deposed. Now the White House and the G8 are repeating the mistakes of last year’s autocrats … first they try to scare us with tough talk of repressive anti-Occupy ordinances, crowd suppression technologies and paramilitary policing, then they make a hasty retreat to the safety of Camp David.

The world’s leaders flee from us … so what do we do? Maybe we just laugh at them?

On May 18, the day the G8 leaders meet in Camp David, why don’t we, the people of the world have a #LAUGHRIOT. Let roars of laughter rise up from towns and cities everywhere at the spectacle of the world’s leaders trying to crisis manage the economy from behind closed doors and razor wire fences.

Laughter is one of the most powerful tactical weapons of memewar … it signals supremacy and loss of fear. So let’s pull off the greatest comedy of howling flash mobs, riotous street parties and hysterical pranks the world has ever seen. May 18 could be a monumental tipping point… an ahahaha! moment when the people of the world have a collective epiphany, and from that point on start thinking differently about how the world should be governed.

Jammers, whatever we do this Spring, let’s float like butterflies and sting like bees! Let’s bend the G8 and NATO to our will with shock tactics and audacious culture jams that capture the imagination of the world. We may be far closer to a Global Spring than any of us has so far dared to imagine …

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

OccupyWallStreet.org / Tactical Briefing #25 and #26 / OccupyWallst.org / G8Protest.org / OccupyChi.org / CANG8.org / Takethesquare.net / OccupyMay1st.org / MayDayNYC.org / Facebook / Twitter / Reddit

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lee mulcahy

this is brilliant. #chicago in may. #occupy the fed in april or june. this will bring in the energy from the libertarians and the right---we must bring the anger of the right and the left together by dropping our differences to bring about community [the 99%]. #occupy aspen when the elites arrive for the aspen ideas festival. the weather is perfect 4 camping. and all of the occupations will bring attention to the oligarchial rule of the elites. fyi---occupy aspen is nearly 1/2 tea partyers. not the racist kind--the more liberty kind.

Anonymous

The Tea Partiers are part of the 99% too, though many have been mislead as to who the true cause of their problems are. The source of their anger is the same as that of the ordinary working people who took part in Occupy early on. The tragedy of Occupy is that it was taken over by the far lefties and anarchists who hoped this was the revolution they'd long dreamed of. It isn't. Most ordinary folks aren't looking for a complete reworking of the social order, they just don't like being stuck with the bills that the elites rack up.

A turn toward socialism? Maybe, if you can pitch it to people right. A complete change of the social order to... something? Probably not. You'd be hard pressed to find two Occupiers who can even agree with what they'd like the world to look like if they could snap their fingers and make it so.

This IS the great lefty moment. This IS the moment when capitalism has fallen on its ass and everyone knows it. It would be a shame if it were squandered by the same people who have failed to do a goddamn thing for the past hundred years except hand Russia over to the Bolsheviks and Spain over to the Fascists. We need a socialism we can sell to the people, and the "raised fist" - which is the symbol many Occupy literature seems fond of - is the wrong symbol. We need to give people something to fight *for*, rather than just saying "hey, we're pissed off too."

Anonymous

Follow one of Kennedy's final efforts and have the Treasury Dept. issue currency instead of a private baking cartel. Cut them out completely.

Anonymous

Looks Like Nazi Amerikkka Is Here Folks! - http://freedividual.com/2012/03/13/guess-where-this-is-2/

Anonymous

Humor is a fantastic way to connect with others!
I feel this is a case in which we must be very careful that our humor does not alienate others, but draws them in. There should be careful planning involved, so the event is seen as a jubilant and friendly festival, and not like a frat party, which is how I fear MSM will attempt to spin the event.
Music, music, music. Be sure to get people dancing.

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