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The Globalization Of Laughter

Tactical briefing #33.

Hey all you believers in a new world out there,

May Day wasn’t so great was it… the numbers were low, the maxims weren’t sublime, the excitement didn’t catch on. May 12 was hefty in Europe, reigniting the snuffed Indignados, but the energy did not seem to flow over to here.

Now we’re looking at May 18 ~ 21 when protesters, possibly in Arab Spring numbers, swarm Chicago… Security experts say it will be a challenge the likes of which no American city has had to face – a leaderless, all-consuming non-violent swarm. If we can pull it off in the fierce tradition of Gandhi and MLK, the next few days could become the spark, the eruption, the new spiritual home of our Spring offensive.

On a softer, more aesthetic note, the likelihood of a global #LAUGHRIOT starting May 18 feels especially fresh and new … imagine … the globalization of laughter … millions of people around the world decide to take a few minutes off from their usual routines, get together with friends and pull off a global cascade of riotously laughing flash mobs, transforming the flow of power from the heads of the elite to the bellies of the people.

At a time when our human experiment is buckling under austerity, financial madness and eco-angst, there is something so ludicrous, bizarre, even insane about the eight most powerful people in the world trying to conduct the people’s business – to set things right – from behind closed doors and razor wire fences.

A global #LAUGHRIOT could break through the G8’s veneer of legitimacy and expose the Camp David Summit and our current capitalist model for the farce that it really is.

A global laugh-in could be the relief we’ve all been waiting for: the moment when — in a communal burst of laughter — we the people suddenly wake up to the fact that the only power our leaders have is the power we give them.

Here goes … let’s laugh like we’ve never laughed before,

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ

OccupyWallStreet.org / Tactical Briefing #30, #31 and #32 / Be present on May 18. Spark the #LAUGHRIOT then swarm Chicago.

Watch live streaming video from occupy_wall_street at livestream.com

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Anonymous

“To be human is necessarily to be a vulnerable risk-taker; to be a courageous human is to be good at it.” -Jonathan Lear

When we count coup on inertia, narcissism, and extremism, we do it so that vitality, courageous action, and diversity can shine through; so that we can, like Thoreau said, “live deliberately.” Counting coup is our method, our metaphor, for recovering the way of our instinctive psychic nature. Symbolically, our coup-stick represents ruthless positive action (The O.W.S Movement) over empty negative inertia (the plutocratic regime).

The coup-stick is symbolic for heroism, despite, and even in spite of, the powers-that-be. Hopefully with its power we can find the courage to bare our teeth and growl (or, in this case laugh) at the slothful, coercive, and self-destructive nature of the plutocratic donor party currently in session.

http://letter-z.hubpages.com/hub/How-to-Count-Coup-Like-a-Genius

http://www.wakingtimes.com/2012/04/09/how-to-have-power-over-power-part-iii-the-psychology-of-homeostasis-and-occupying-2/

SpainTBAnon

Thank you Adbusters for existing!

We 'll be translating this text really soon into Spanish and promote it within the indignados, we've kinda exhausted from these days of action but still we're hectic with new actons and boiling with new proposals

I have reflected very much of what, if anything, can be learnt by OWS from the Indignados experience these days. In spite of our differences, many of our challenges, weakness and strong points, and methodologies, are exactly the same. So here are our last tactical breakthroughs:

- We don't camp anymore. No more occupations. They don't work. They take enormous amounts of energy. The clashes with the police and the legal actions taken against protesters make out of the occupation a goal in itself, instead of a place of liberty where we can work and imagine the new worlds. We've made this time a 3-day long "permanent assembly". Authorities could not evict us - we were just assemblying. We had a "kictchen comission", meditation corner, there were beautiful spaces in Plaça Catalunya in Barcelona, and also, finally, after months of discussions, 5 spaces to discuss some pressing issues which need an urgent response in Spain. The five main axes of work were: 1) Public and quality education and health care 2) Universal Basic Income 3) No more money for bailing out banks - Audict of the debt 4) No to precaritzaion of work and unemployment - decent jobs for all 5) Decent housing conditions for all.

This is nothing more than an assertion of the Declaration of fundamental Human Rights of 1948, in a little bit more modern terms. The main concept we use is "Citizen bailout" as opposed to "Bank bailouts". It is time to assert human dignity over the demands and logic of capital and the markets. It is time to agree on the floor below which we shall never allow a fellow citizen to fall below

Secondly, we're getting back to the faculties, where the actions are inmensly empowered. It is a silent work in every faculty, it is a discrete yet enromously powerful one, where students can be empowered and carry on spectacular actions, student strikes, cooperate with worker general strike, and so on.

Third, the worst of losing the "acampadas" or ocupations is that we lose space for talking and debating. The space for dialogue is the water we swim in, the air we breath, without it, we're gone. We mvoed into the quartiers. There are not just one main acampada in Madrid or Barcelona but around 50 assemblies gathering in every quartier. This allows people to stay in contact closely with the problems of their quartiers, to know their neighbourghs. The Indignados is not only dying slowly, it is indeed growing ever stronger far from the attention of the media, and we have to thank that to the strategical success of the quartier assemblies

Forth, We meet every certain time, bi-weekly or monthly in the original place of the Acampada/Occupation so the information and dialogue between all "asambleas de barrios" (quartier assemblies) flow. We do it in an Open Space Technology format, as opposed to the old General Assembly format, which is long and produce low results. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Open-space_technology

Fith, we use and abuse Mumble, a voice chat conference program which allow us to coordinate ourselves in an international level. We will be doing a GlobalMay evaluation meeting on May 26th most probably, I'll pass the information over here so we can gather from both sides of the Atlantic, and reflect on our next steps together. Now, 15th October 2012 will be the definitive, irreversible turning point in our global revolution together

Finally, there is also there is literally an explosion of mutual help and self-organization here in Spain: banks of time, networks of mutual care and support, there is a 500.000 popular legislative iniciative to outlaw the foreclosure of homes and instead use the more than 2million empty homes owned by the same banks the State is bailing out, to offer them in social renting, or directly given to the people who have no resources to pay for them, there are anti-bank campaings for the 28.000 elderlies whose savings have been stolen by banks, well, this is a constant laboratory of freedom where we imagine and invent together the world we want to live in.

We're facing many challenges over here, any feedback is welcome, we need to share the knowledge! Also I 'd like to have more spaces where Occupiers and Indignados can meet and work together, share info and stand in solidarity, where might that be? Many of us strongly feel we need more space for joint dialogue

Thank you for reading and for your attention. All the best, in solidarity, y hasta la victoria, siempre!

Anonymous

NOT ONE OF ADBUSTER'S BETTER IDEARS

Can understand having a LAUGH, and I can see why people RIOT, but I just don't get "LAUGHRIOT". New ideas and tactics are needed all the time - but this makes no-sense. Did someone have a laugh or a riot of a time thinking this up?

Anonymous

Please Note: My above comment was not about having a go at Adbusters, it was that I do not understand what "LAUGHRIOT" is all about. How many brain-boxes out there understand, and are able to clearly explain, just what the term means?

zhouxifeng

Spiritual Insurrection Manifesto

People of the world, let us unite and strive for the realization of the communist ideal!

Under the capitalistic political system, democracy, freedom, science and technology, consumption and globalization, which are beautiful things in human society, suddenly become great scourges and devour the environment ruthlessly. In 2010, Stephen Hawking, the renowned physicist, made shocking remarks saying that because the human genes carried the genetic codes of “selfishness” and “greed”, human beings would increase the plundering of the earth until resources are exhausted little by little and within 200 years the earth would be destroyed. Science, democracy and freedom, the concepts advocated by western society, while creating splendid civilization are leading human beings into a disaster.
In the past 200 years of vigorous international communist movement and 90 years of history of the Communist Party of China, millions of people have sacrificed their lives for the realization of a communist ideal, which has since composed magnificent chapters in the history of mankind. The international communist movement is not defeated by capitalism but defers to develop its own theory. Socialism with Chinese characteristics is still pressing ahead.
Communism demands that all extreme tendencies such as absolute freedom, absolute democracy, absolute fairness, GDP worship and rampant capital are resolutely corrected. Thus, to realize the communist ideal, an implementation scheme is suggested as follows:

Personal consumption will be restricted and prescribed according to the consumption limits which can be borne by the environment and other factors. To be fair, no matter how much wealth a person possesses, each person’s consumption is equal.
The size of personal residence will be restricted and prescribed according to the consumption limits which can be borne by environment and other factors. To be fair, no matter how much wealth a person possesses, the size of each person’s residence is equal.
Personal consumption of water, electricity and fuel will be restricted and prescribed according to the consumption limits which can be borne by environment and other factors. To be fair, no matter how much wealth a person possesses, each person’s consumption amount of water, electricity and fuel is equal.
Government finance will be made public. Officials’ properties, enterprises’ finance situation and personal properties will also be made public.
Investments made by individuals and enterprises will be encouraged while speculation will be restricted. Strict limits on advertising and promotional expense of enterprises will be imposed.

The scheme will train all social members to have lofty communist consciousness and morality. A person can possess wealth but cannot consume entirely and freely, hence, corruption will be meaningless. Personal wealth will be considered as the quantitative indicator of one’s contribution to the society. Wealth will give the person noble spiritual enjoyment through social respect but will not increase one’s consumption allowances. A Bill Gates or Steve Jobs can still soar and be heroes of civilization and celebrated by all, but they will live just like everyone else with a one-planet footprint. Thus we will guide and transform the whole society from a “selfish” society to a “selfless” society which is the communist ideal.
By using natural law to guide our practice, understanding and transforming nature from the perspective of nature, our civilization and the future of mankind will be like nature: eternal!

People of the world, let us unite and strive for the realization of the communist ideal!

Zhou Xifeng
Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China
[email protected]

Please read my paper at:
http://blog.sina.com.cn/s/blog_7c92b72201010sss.html

Anonymous

Hi. I was wondering, why does the mask have an X scratched on the left and right purple cheek? (you have to look very close, it's easier if you have an actual physical copy of the magazine). If you know anything about the Phoneticians their main symbol was the X, and they were famously known for the purple dye they created and sold up and down the Mediterranean. This Guy Fawkes mask is very similar to the pirate masks they wore which also had an X on it. Depending on what history book you trust they are both credited with inventing our alphabet (passing it on to the Venetians and Ionians), money, maritime admiralty sea law (which is the law that makes us commodities at birth), as well as being violent pirates and the ancestors of the Canaanites who were the Babylonians (whose King was Nimrod, the first world dictator, whose symbol was X, and is credited with originating Freemasonry) and were the descendants of Cain (the first murderer). Feel free to google search any what I listed above. I'm sure there isn't any deception behind any of this, it's probably just all coincidence. http://artsediments.blogspot.com/2010/10/masterpiece-of-day-0046.html

Anonymous

Occupy - when in issue/tactic acquisition mode - is often like a fool poking a stick at a paper moon in an artificial sky.

Occupy - when in confrontation mode (with the pigs/Military) - is on point and never more so. For then and only then do we engage the real enemy over THE principles of existence on 21st century earth.

Sorry to see that (the affluent within) Occupy has started looking for office space, shits, giggles and a way to avoid showdowns.

If the bankers let you punch yourselves out, go home and check your mental coordinates because your idea of a worthwhile battle isn't supported by history. If the cops let you punch yourselves out, then change tactics. Let this be a call to the rough and rowdy and to stay on point.

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