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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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Vermonter

"When the Levee Breaks..."

This movement is about building alternate parallel structures to serve citizens (both bold and timid) as the current structures, seem to serve corporate interests. These structures are built by self-education, self-organization, and self-promotion through acts of non-violent non-cooperation. New structures will evolve and the old ones will whither and die away, as ultimately the power to govern comes from the consent of the governed. As Gandhi said, 100,000 British could not govern 100,000,000 Indians without their consent. Imagine a day or prayer and fasting for the United States, a-la 1919 Rowlatt Act satyagraha depicted in the movie Gandhi. IF we truly are following Gandhi's non-violent principles, why do we care about a meeting at camp David?

"Go to Chicago",

educate ourselves, when we have educated enough US citizens,

"the Levee WILL Break",

citizens will use the power they have always had to change their government.

"Crime won't help you, crime won't do you no good."

Politicians will have to learn and adapt, secrets, use of force, crime, can not keep educated citizens of from taking their governments back. "A well-instructed people alone can be permanently a free people." - Jame Madison, father of the Constitution

NOW, if only we could think of a theme song? Hmmm.... I'm partial to the Led Zeppelin version, ;-)

"Go to Chicago!"

Anonymous

George Clooney ARRESTED! - Civil Disobediamce
http://freedividual.com/2012/03/16/george-clooney-arrested/

karophi

I find it amusing that these people consider themselves 99 percent. Don't speak for me. I don't share your views. You are the minority... you are even less than 1 percent.
http://n69t.com
Also your statistic makes no sense because it is completely backwards. 1 percent of the country (the 3 million government employees) are the ones who make this country run. The remaining 99 percent, plus the 1 percent are the ones who run the country.

Ignoramous

It is the "1%" who run the country and the majority's ignorance that makes it run - or let them run it. The "1%" know the truth and exploit it henceforth. The majority - the 90% - who on various scale do not understand how much they are being fucked in the ass by the upper 1%. Actually you can go on YouTube and hear George Carlin ~ The American Dream, where you can get exactly 3 minutes and 15 seconds of lesson on how USA actually, and the world practically, is run. There is another minority who dares to peak beind the propaganda, the media and the loads of lies we are being fed. They call them radicals. But we say we are the 99% because we arguably talk the majority's case more than the upper 1% - and so would you be, when/if you realise why you should join us. Either way there will be no human species if we do not get the current kind of economy off the scene. It was a very poor performance of something they call economics, even though this word by logic and by sense is the very same thing as ecology. The society, just like the human body and all other organisms - and the nature all together - seem to obey the only logical basis for economics/ecology, namely what in physics are called thermodynamics.

Anonymous

Call for simultaneous occupations. Set up camp in Chicago, and bus folks from there to Maryland if they want to go. Solidarity marches in Chicago if not. Camp David will make headlines and everyone who gets mad will have a chance to come to NATO to make their dissent heard, and meet our fearless leaders as they arrive!

Anonymous

"Alright you wild cats, nimble dreamers and jammer tacticians"

I don't trust you. You sound older than 30.

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