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Occupy's Spiritual Quest

The fork in the road ahead.

MARCUS DEMERY

Dear occupiers, jammers, dreamers,

Three years after the May 1968 uprising that swept the world, the great French philosopher Michel Foucault observed that a key strategy of power is to “appear inaccessible to events.” Power, Foucault argued with a nod towards 1968’s failed insurrection, acts to “dispel the shock of daily occurrences, to dissolve the event … to exclude the radical break introduced by events.”

Forty years later, in light of Occupy, Foucault’s observation still strikes home. Despite achieving the impossible at unprecedented speed – sparking a global awakening, triggering a thousand people’s assemblies worldwide, and giving birth to a visceral anti-corporate, pro-democracy spiritual insurrection – Occupy is now struggling through an existential moment. Our movement has been dealt a blow: our May 1 and follow-up events have been dissolved by power; the status quo has shown itself to be far more resilient than many of us expected.

Now a passionate debate is emerging within our movement. On one side are those who cheer the death of Occupy in the hopes that it will transform into something unexpected and new. And on the other are patient organizers who counsel that all great movements take years to unfold.

OCCUPY WALL STREET IS NOW DEAD

May 1 confirmed the end of the national Occupy Wall Street movement because it was the best opportunity the movement had to reestablish the occupations, and yet it couldn’t. Nowhere was this more clear than in Oakland as the sun set after a day of marches, pickets and clashes. Rumors had been circulating for weeks that tents would start going up and the camp would reemerge in the evening of that long day. The hundreds of riot police backed by armored personnel carriers and SWAT teams carrying assault rifles made no secret of their intention to sweep the plaza clear after all the “good protesters” scurried home, making any reoccupation physically impossible. It was the same on January 28 when plans for a large public building occupation were shattered in a shower of flash bang grenades and 400 arrests, just as it was on March 17 in Zuccotti Park when dreams of a new Wall Street camp were clubbed and pepper sprayed to death by the NYPD. Any hopes of a spring offensive leading to a new round of space reclamations and liberated zones has come and gone. And with that, Occupy Wall Street and Occupy Oakland are now dead.

The task ahead of us in Oakland and beyond is to search out and nurture new means of finding each other. We are quickly reaching the point where the dead weight of Occupy threatens to drag down the Commune into the dustbin of history. We need to breathe new life into our network of rebellious relationships that does not rely on the Occupy Oakland general assembly or the array of movement protagonists who have emerged to represent the struggle. This is by no means an argument against assemblies or for a retreat back into the small countercultural ghettos that keep us isolated and irrelevant. On the contrary, we need more public assemblies that take different forms and experiment with themes, styles of decision-making (or lack there of) and levels of affinity… Most of all, we need desperately to stay connected with comrades old and new and not let these relationships completely decompose.

— Read the rest of the this article, by anonymous West Coast anarchists, at Bay of Rage

THE OCCUPY MOVEMENT HAS BARELY BEGUN

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ccupy Wall Street was at the pinnacle of its power in October 2011, when thousands of people converged at Zuccotti Park and successfully foiled the plans of billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg to sweep away the occupation on grounds of public health. From that vantage point, the Occupy movement appears to have tumbled off a cliff, having failed to organize anything like a general strike on May Day – despite months of rumblings of mass walkouts, blockades and shutdowns.

The mainstream media are eager to administer last rites. CNN declared that “May Day fizzled,” the New York Post sneered “Goodbye, Occupy,” and The New York Times consigned the day’s events to fewer than 400 words, mainly dealing with arrests in New York City.

Historians and organizers counter that the Occupy movement needs to be seen in relative terms. Eminent sociologist Frances Fox Piven, co-author of Poor People’s Movements, says:

“I don’t know of a movement that unfolds in less than a decade. People are impatient, and some of them are too quick to pass judgment. But it’s the beginning, I think, of a great movement. One of a series of movement that has episodically changed history, which is not the way we tell the story of American history.”

— Read the rest of Arun Gupta’s What Happened to the Occupy movement?

The fire in the soul of Occupy burns from Oakland to Quebec, Barcelona to Chicago, Wall Street to Moscow and Frankfurt… the question now is which fork in the road will our movement take?

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Anonymous

read with discernment: a great movement can evolve if individual purpose is paired with collective purpose. the occupy movement would make a wise choice to adopt a new system of purpose through their numbers and ethnic diversity, one that is like a new language which has the capacity to support the movements evolution on individual and collective terms. our human brains are running a program built on war and dominance called the Calender, which literally means 'debt book'. a great leader would recognize the opportunity to evolve from this old time system of the calendar, to the new time of true scientific reason that is the 13 moon synchronometer/world calendar change peace movement, in turn leading everyone to become the leaders of the new time and the end of history as we know it. do your homework, the internet is a safety net, yet our brains need a natural system now to organize our birthright of biospheric stewardship.

Anonymous

What's happening is that the machines are taking over.

Almost everyone has a cellphone / smartphone, a computer and now the tablets are coming!

Facebook, twitter, email, the web, the games control our lives!

We need to get back to being human again!

Before the machines destroy us all.

Anonymous

Within a generation's time, the cellphones and computers will no longer need us.

They will reproduce themselves and take over the world.

We need a new movement to stop them now!

Throw away your smart phones and your computers!

Occupy Life!

Occupy Life!

Occupy Life!

Anonymous

Agreed: The idea of synesthesia may be parsed as the fundamental principle of post-Foucaultian sexuality and the project of (dis)simulation actively utilizes the differentiation of disciplinary boundaries. Meanwhile the imposition of post-Hegelian criticism reaffirms the fragmentation of power. Still, the conceptual logic of early modern sexuality is associated with the realization of print culture. Isn't the expropriation of disciplinary boundaries displaces the writing of the anesthesia of forgetting? In conclusion, the internal structure of unsituated knowledge is closely allied with the project of the public sphere.
And this is what Occupy should be focusing on.

Anonymous

Right now there is a storm of Romney stuff constantly blaring from the fake US press, especially the idea that the polls are neck and neck, this is to make room for vote fraud.

If you vote for Romney you are voting for many things:

1. You want war with Iran

2. You want to end Social Security and give what’s left of the fund to rich people

3. You want wages reduced and you want people working more hours because people are lazy and the rich could be getting more out of them

4. You want your parents moving in with you because they can’t make it without social security

5. You want to pay more for student loans

6. You want unpaid internships to continue

7. You want the rich to pay less taxes even though it means you will pay more taxes

8. You want to increase the already record levels being spent on defense

9. You want to deregulate Wall Street even further

10. You want to eliminate public education

11. You want to get rid of the minimum wage

12. You want to get rid of net neutrality and turn the internet into expensive yet ad driven Cable TV.

13. You want further media consolidation

14. You want to eliminate Medicare and Medicaid

15. You want to pay much more for health care

16. You want to roll back civil rights and things like equal pay for women

17. You want to bring back the same neocon idiots to full power, who we still aren’t rid of, who brought us 911, a string of useless wars and who collapsed the economy, destroyed the country’s standing and religiously believe in things like vote fraud, fraud and torture- and whose primary allegiance is to the other neocons in a certain Mid East state?

18. You’re willing to trade your access to clean water for high profits for the natural gas industry

19. You believe corporations are people

20. You believe it should be possible to buy votes

21. You believe in even more censorship

22. You don’t believe you shouldn’t have any privacy

23. You believe whistle blowers should face criminal prosecution

24. You believe in for-profit prisons- return of slavery

25. You want more fossil fuel subsidies

26. You would put an end to the EPA and to green energy

27. You believe companies should be able to pollute your food and water for more profit

28. You believe pharmaceutical companies should not be regulated

29. You believe Protestant Christianity is the official religion of the US and bible especially the old testament are the core of its culture and must remain so- despite this you are willing to vote for a Mormon.

30. You believe if the government uses the word “terrorist” that means it can kill people it doesn’t like.

31. You believe that where ever you are things should be controlled by fear- at home, on the street, in the class room, at work…

32. You believe that many of the same rich people who one way or another actually profited from the 08 collapse should be able to avoid all consequence by cracking down the main victims of the crash with austerity and things like more pension fraud.

While Obama has been even worse than Bush 2 in some ways he’s been better in most. Do we want to put the piece of shit Bush Administration back in power and invite the 3rd world war?

Anonymous

Oh, yes, it should.

Both because freedom demands that religious fanaticism be named and called out, and because it's very clear where the villains are getting their spiritual inspiration from: American Protestantism.

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