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A shift in revolutionary tactics.
#OCCUPYWALLSTREET

#OCCUPYWALLSTREET

Alright you 90,000 redeemers, rebels and radicals out there,

A worldwide shift in revolutionary tactics is underway right now that bodes well for the future. The spirit of this fresh tactic, a fusion of Tahrir with the acampadas of Spain, is captured in this quote:

"The antiglobalization movement was the first step on the road. Back then our model was to attack the system like a pack of wolves. There was an alpha male, a wolf who led the pack, and those who followed behind. Now the model has evolved. Today we are one big swarm of people."

— Raimundo Viejo, Pompeu Fabra University
Barcelona, Spain

The beauty of this new formula, and what makes this novel tactic exciting, is its pragmatic simplicity: we talk to each other in various physical gatherings and virtual people's assemblies … we zero in on what our one demand will be, a demand that awakens the imagination and, if achieved, would propel us toward the radical democracy of the future … and then we go out and seize a square of singular symbolic significance and put our asses on the line to make it happen.

The time has come to deploy this emerging stratagem against the greatest corrupter of our democracy: Wall Street, the financial Gomorrah of America.

On September 17, we want to see 20,000 people flood into lower Manhattan, set up tents, kitchens, peaceful barricades and occupy Wall Street for a few months. Once there, we shall incessantly repeat one simple demand in a plurality of voices.

Tahrir succeeded in large part because the people of Egypt made a straightforward ultimatum – that Mubarak must go – over and over again until they won. Following this model, what is our equally uncomplicated demand?

The most exciting candidate that we've heard so far is one that gets at the core of why the American political establishment is currently unworthy of being called a democracy: we demand that Barack Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington. It's time for DEMOCRACY NOT CORPORATOCRACY, we're doomed without it.

This demand seems to capture the current national mood because cleaning up corruption in Washington is something all Americans, right and left, yearn for and can stand behind. If we hang in there, 20,000-strong, week after week against every police and National Guard effort to expel us from Wall Street, it would be impossible for Obama to ignore us. Our government would be forced to choose publicly between the will of the people and the lucre of the corporations.

This could be the beginning of a whole new social dynamic in America, a step beyond the Tea Party movement, where, instead of being caught helpless by the current power structure, we the people start getting what we want whether it be the dismantling of half the 1,000 military bases America has around the world to the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act or a three strikes and you're out law for corporate criminals. Beginning from one simple demand – a presidential commission to separate money from politics – we start setting the agenda for a new America.

Post a comment and help each other zero in on what our one demand will be. And then let's screw up our courage, pack our tents and head to Wall Street with a vengeance September 17.

for the wild,
Culture Jammers HQ


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Anonymous

Daring question- my first response- how can the will of all people be whittled down, considering the mass and complexity of oppressions? In my opinion, although the Barcelona protests (Spanish Revolution) was noble, and provocative, and beautiful (knowing that the world DOES want to change)- I wonder if it's just another stab at an ideal vision that draws people in due to emotional appear, but has little impact on consequence. Not to criticize that beautiful movement. In MY opinion, I think women's rights need to be front and central. I think, if the world developed a more feminist agenda, we would get to the root of a lot of problems. It's the subordination of women, more than anyone, at every class level, that permits, and still permits, albeit more invisibly- this system to continue. For a radical shift, let's look to a radical solution.

Anonymous

Daring question- my first response- how can the will of all people be whittled down, considering the mass and complexity of oppressions? In my opinion, although the Barcelona protests (Spanish Revolution) was noble, and provocative, and beautiful (knowing that the world DOES want to change)- I wonder if it's just another stab at an ideal vision that draws people in due to emotional appear, but has little impact on consequence. Not to criticize that beautiful movement. In MY opinion, I think women's rights need to be front and central. I think, if the world developed a more feminist agenda, we would get to the root of a lot of problems. It's the subordination of women, more than anyone, at every class level, that permits, and still permits, albeit more invisibly- this system to continue. For a radical shift, let's look to a radical solution.

Anonymous

Everyone is oppressed. Choose an arbitrary group: they are being oppressed.

By corporate manipulation.

Anonymous

Everyone is oppressed. Choose an arbitrary group: they are being oppressed.

By corporate manipulation.

davezak

the power of ONE demand is crucial. If all the signs say the same thing, that message will be the only thing the media can see.

following a thought:

the demand should be absurd.
to make people notice that they are human.

the first demand that comes to mind is:

"wallstreet: put your pants on"
(emperor has no clothes reference)

or:

'money is fake: lets talk'

or:

'share a garden with your neighbor'

davezak

the power of ONE demand is crucial. If all the signs say the same thing, that message will be the only thing the media can see.

following a thought:

the demand should be absurd.
to make people notice that they are human.

the first demand that comes to mind is:

"wallstreet: put your pants on"
(emperor has no clothes reference)

or:

'money is fake: lets talk'

or:

'share a garden with your neighbor'

Anonymous

It should ideally be a three-beats and a rest slogan we can shout over and over again. for example:

Audit the Fed!
End the Fed!
Money is Fake!
Where's our Gold?
Mad as Hell!
Cough It Up!

etc.

Anonymous

It should ideally be a three-beats and a rest slogan we can shout over and over again. for example:

Audit the Fed!
End the Fed!
Money is Fake!
Where's our Gold?
Mad as Hell!
Cough It Up!

etc.

Anonymous

I think most people involved in this don't really care to be part of the Ron Paul faux "revolution".

Anonymous

I think most people involved in this don't really care to be part of the Ron Paul faux "revolution".

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