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#OCCUPYWALLSTREET

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,
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Anonymous

A group of people have also purchased some domains and will be setting up an intensive web base, including regional satellite websites. More to come at OccupyWallStreet.com. Also, someone has purchased the domain name occupywallstreet.org.
This could be a turning point in world history if YOU all get to work.
Cheers, and solidarity.

Anonymous

A group of people have also purchased some domains and will be setting up an intensive web base, including regional satellite websites. More to come at OccupyWallStreet.com. Also, someone has purchased the domain name occupywallstreet.org.
This could be a turning point in world history if YOU all get to work.
Cheers, and solidarity.

Anonymous

To be effective, the demand should be:

1. Something that the president can enact by decree without Congress.
2. Something concrete and specific, not "form a committee."

I don't know how effective this whole thing is going to be. Who are we pressuring? A congressman in California doesn't care if Wall Street is occupied, and most of the big changes we need to make must be made by that congressmen and his colleagues. But at least we're resisting. If we get what we decide we want, this will be a great flexing of our muscles. I'm in.

Anonymous

To be effective, the demand should be:

1. Something that the president can enact by decree without Congress.
2. Something concrete and specific, not "form a committee."

I don't know how effective this whole thing is going to be. Who are we pressuring? A congressman in California doesn't care if Wall Street is occupied, and most of the big changes we need to make must be made by that congressmen and his colleagues. But at least we're resisting. If we get what we decide we want, this will be a great flexing of our muscles. I'm in.

Anonymous

Very well said!
And I wish that this movement will eventually turn into a new political party that will run on a simple premise: public funding of elections.

Anonymous

Very well said!
And I wish that this movement will eventually turn into a new political party that will run on a simple premise: public funding of elections.

Juan

That depends on you. Some spanish parties tried to buy the movement, but they couldn't. It's a plain movement. We are not a party. We are the people. The gobernment doesn't represent the citizens... They don't take decisions thinking what's good for us! The don't want to satisfy us at all!
The politicians have forgotten that there are there because of us, but we are going to remind them all this things... Slowly.

Juan

That depends on you. Some spanish parties tried to buy the movement, but they couldn't. It's a plain movement. We are not a party. We are the people. The gobernment doesn't represent the citizens... They don't take decisions thinking what's good for us! The don't want to satisfy us at all!
The politicians have forgotten that there are there because of us, but we are going to remind them all this things... Slowly.

Anonymous

Way to go US. Remember, peaceful resistance, free thinking and ideas to bring back the power to the people. Maybe a plan towards direct democracy.

All my support.

Anonymous

Way to go US. Remember, peaceful resistance, free thinking and ideas to bring back the power to the people. Maybe a plan towards direct democracy.

All my support.

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