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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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Anonymous

Para-Military Style Police Detain And Search Individuals From Occupy Miami 
http://freedividual.com/2012/03/13/para-military-style-police-detain-and-search-individuals-from-occupy-miami/

Anonymous

I'm sorry, but this is a ridiculous idea. Occupy's main challenge at this point is convincing people that:

1. There is *something* that it actually stands for
2. That it isn't comprised of professional activists
3. That it isn't comprised of nutjobs
4. That it actually represents ordinary working people - the 99%

I can just see CNN having a field day covering shabbily dressed people camped out by a government compound giving forced, awkward, and somewhat maniacal laughter on cue for the cameras. You won't convince people you represent them and their interests. You'll convince people you're a bunch of whackjobs. And maybe you think that's cool, or funny, or desirable, but this moment is too important to waste with self-indulgent bullshit.

Anonymous

Gotta agree also. To actually make a change you'll need the masses to empathize and relate. Not think you're cray.

Anonymous

The problem is, no one of these 4 things are true. Occupy's problems is not one of tactics or communication, but of essence and content. It is what it is, but the activists have its moment at the center of the spectacle precisely because enough people, projecting its own wishes, had come to believe that Occupy was something that it is not. Now, the process ahead will be a slowly fading repetition of the same empty folklore that activists have elevated into a symbol for radical politics, albeit a false symbol.

Anonymous

gotta get a team of think-thank-prepared activists to pretty much harass mainstream media at any event, so that reporters don't get to pick and choose among the less eloquent, most shabbbily dressed people.

Anonymous

adbusters is getting lost here?... will you laugh when they "put a cap in your head"... when keeping the same criminal financial politics?

capitalism can only be fought with capitalism... a corporation can only be fought by other corporation...

like Max Keiser well said... you don't go to a gun fight with a knife!

And this takes me to another question. OWS donations!
OWS... take all donations, from anyone... the main question is not taking the money. It shouldn´t be. The may question should be what you do with the money, and what level of transparency are you willing to embrace.

Anonymous

just another thing on money... for all of you who think that if money was gone things would be a lot better... just remember that direct trading is still a monetized system! When you say a horse is worth 40 chickens... your monetizing the trade. Only when people are willing to give, not trade... you will be able to build a money free world!

Anonymous

Here is a way to stop the mining of privacy and attention and end the money for the sponsorship platform that makes lobbying possible and has erroded our laws and representation.

At some point Google will realize it's a broker that matches buyers to sellers. At that point it will cease to snoop and will ask its buyers questions like a normal broker. It will ask its sellers/suppliers questions like a normal broker. As a result the entire virtual world will become paid for, unlocked and uncluttered and people will have a shopping experience for tangible items of a previously unthinkable kind. A broker in a way is a kind of firewall and in a way that is what Google is now but it will become much more of a firewall as it becomes more like a traditional broker.

The shopping experience may be so good that some simply send a monthly payment to Google to spend on what it knows they want and what they never knew they wanted. No more problems with ads and privacy and much less in the way of problems with sponsorship and propaganda. Also, there is potential for less in the way of problems with political representation.

We used to have the milk man delivering bottles of milk to the door step. Now it will be packages from Amazon or Google that we didn't even have to order. Don't want it, simply flip the sticker and it goes back.

Ghost of Adbust...

End The Fed. Vote Ron Paul and then we can ALL take it from there. But we have to End the Fed. Even if you don't like Ron Paul, VOTE for someone that will End The Fed and Challenge the Banks grip on the system.

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