This Movement of Movements

Rebooting the capitalist imagination.

The problem with Turkey's protests” written by Austin G Mackell:

Watching the Twitter feeds light up as the #OccupyGezi protests metastasized from a local protest against the destruction of a historic park into something much grander and more ambitious, it was hard not to get excited.

A part of me could not help but envy Lisa Morrow's vantage point. There's nothing like seeing ordinary people joining together and rising up against a nasty government.

In Cairo, when attacked by the army and police they tore up the very streets, and turned them into weapons. It was a powerful demonstration of the truth recognized by all great political thinkers, from Hobbes, through Hume to Chomsky, that power lies at the end of the day not in the hands of the rulers, but of the ruled. The police don't give us permission to take to the streets, we give it to them.

Following quickly on the heels of this euphoria, however, was a nagging sense of doubt. I'd seen this movie before. In Iran in 2009, and again in Egypt – not during the 2011 protests against first Mubarak and then the US funded Military – but in 2012, when Cairo, Alexandria, Suez and other secular strongholds rose up against the Muslim Brotherhood.

In both those cases, as in Turkey now, a cosmopolitan 'secular' minority with a historically enlarged role rose up in what looked like a revolutionary outpouring. But their targets were not dictators, they were democratically elected leaders. The same thing is happening now with Istanbul's "white Turks".

Reporting from Tehran in 2009, I am very embarrassed to say, I was taken in. Younger and dumber even than I am now, I went along with the press pack that surrounded me, who in turn relied on local sources who were far from a representative sample of the Iranian population. I am still not 100 per cent certain about the election of 2009, but have been forced to concede over the years that serious evidence of result-altering-scale fraud has just not been produced.

It was a situation where a sizable minority were richer than their opponents not only in material but in cultural wealth – their bookshelves often overflowing with tomes in many languages. Thus plugged in to global culture and communications technologies, as well as being concentrated in the big cities where all the press and government buildings are, they were able to amplify their voice on the global stage. More power to them. A specialty of the Iranian regime thugs was sending in packs of men on high-powered dirt-bikes, two to a bike one driving and one wielding a kind of modern adaptation of the medieval mace. A stick with a chain on the end of it, which in turn had a Taser on the end of it. It was very ugly.

Similarly ugly was the repression against anti-Brotherhood protests in Cairo. However, the protesters' side had some pretty ugly elements too, which often went under-reported in the Western media, both left and right alike.

The deaths that occurred were widely circulated, with numbers being tweeted and broadcast as they came in over a horrible violent weekend settling at a total of just over a dozen. When the dust settled it was clear that most of the dead were from the Brotherhood side, with their political offices being stormed and set ablaze. The inter-webs were strangely quiet.

Once the revolutionary (non-Brotherhood, non-old regime) candidates in Egypt managed to cancel each other out in a textbook example of vote splitting, it was Ahmed Shafik, a former air force man like Mubarak and Sadat before him who ran against Morsi in the final vote. He only lost by a few percentage points, as many more globalized Egyptians, including my wife, found themselves unable to vote for either candidate. Thankfully many non-Brotherhood voters made a different call, held their noses, went to the polls, and voted against Shafik.

Since then the much anticipated third force in Egyptian politics has failed to materialize and by now major secular opposition papers are running headlines calling for a military coups.

These three countries Iran, Egypt, Turkey are to the Middle East something like what France, Germany and England are to Europe – only more so as their geographical spread and strategic positioning gives each a greater sphere of independent influence. All are now controlled by Islamist regimes that, according to the polling and the election results, have the backing of the majority of the population. All these regimes have inherited an authoritarian apparatus build by secular western backed predecessors. In none of these cases is it clear that this authoritarian core would be weakened should the Islamists lose power – especially not if that would mean handing the reigns back to the current secular leadership.

The problem of the Turkish protesters then becomes the problem of progressive forces globally: What is your alternative? It is a question that is starting to get serious. As the echoes of the Arab spring, Occupy and Indignados movements refuse to fade, the hope lingers that out of these spontaneous explosive uprisings and the new culture of courageous political participation can be ignited amongst what WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange calls the "internet educated" generation, a new political force could be emerging.

If this is to happen however, we need to offer these component movements more than just cheer-leading and loudly ringing moral support. One thing that can be offered by Western progressives, who have the time to spare from more pressing issues (like not getting shot for protesting), is the development of new models of organization, which can allow this "movement of movements", to borrow a term from the 90's "globalization" struggles, to mature into an enduring force and formulate a collective vision, without reverting to the same top down models used by the institutions and forces we seek to transform and defeat.

This however seems a long way off, and a more likely outcome seems a "Wave Speech"-like cresting of this movement within months or perhaps years – unless it transforms, and it isn't at all clear it will to transform the way we would like it to. As for the Turkish protesters, photos of whom I too have been gleefully sharing on Facebook, well guys, it's a nice high for now, enough to outweigh all the teargas and blood, but the comedown is already on the horizon.

Austin G Mackell is an Australian freelance journalist with a special interest in the Middle East and a progressive outlook. He tweets on @austingmackell and blogs on The Moon Under Water.

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THE NEW ALTERNATIVE: The SOCIETY Of The THIRD MILLENNIUM (S3K) as the cohesive vision that can unite "This Movement of Movements. And THE GRAND IMPERATIVE: "Abolish Empire & Establish Earth Community!" is the one global demand that can mend the fragmentation of progressive forces everywhere! The following is a vision summary of what that sustainable society would look like....

It’s 2035, over three decades after “THE DECALOGUE,” was conceived in 2010 and a year later unfurled as the Guerrilla X Art of “The Monolithic Milestones Project” at the Georgia Guidestones that “broadcasted” the blueprint for our evolutionary transformation with the foresight of the forthcoming “apocalyptic” ailments that accelerated in 2013 when oil hit an all-time high due to the drastic decline of petroleum production, geo-political conflict in the Middle East and the catastrophic consequences of climate chaos, which exacerbated the economic tribulations of “The Greatest Depression.” In such a scenario emerged The Neo-Transcendentalists—the Guerrilla X Artivists—the vanguard among the 80 Million Cultural Creatives in the United States and 200 million worldwide. The Neo-Transcendentalists became the leaders of the Cultural Creatives and the New Progressives through their leap to “second tier consciousness” by becoming aware of the Integral Operating System (IOS) and adopting the Integral Life Practice (ILP) as pioneered by post-metaphysical philosopher Ken Wilber. It galvanized the multitudes to transform and transition from the converging crises of civilizational collapse of “The Great Unraveling” to “The Great Turning” of an integral worldview and culture, where all basic human needs are met like non-toxic water, nutritious food, adequate housing and social health of the community, abundance of technology and renewable energy, free access to goods, services and recreation without the external restrictions of ownership. Maximization of freedom and happiness would evolve by reclaiming our childlike curiosity and zeal for life in a post carbon society focused on relocalization, self-fulfillment, social awareness, art and creativity, new forms of intellectual exploration, optimization of production methods through the application of machine automation and computer technology in a “Cybernated Industrial System” with no use for money, credit, debt, barter, servitude of any kind. The abolishment of central banking, social stratification, labor for income, poverty, hunger, police, prisons, war, the military, politics, laws, advertisements, the mechanism of cyclical consumption ending the various aberrant behaviors like crime, violence and addictions, while achieving the radical reduction of waste and pollution. A new “Emancipation Proclamation” was executed that finally freed humanity from the repetitive, mundane and arbitrary occupational roles that kill the human spirit—all as a result of the “Community Resilience of Relocalization” that formed a new bottom-up foundation from the “Four Pillars of the Post Carbon Third Industrial Revolution” that ushered in the new ecologically sustainable “Era of the Empathetic Civilization” as a result of the construction of the “Hydrogen Energy Web (HEW)” leading to the eventual establishment of a “Resource-Based Economy.” Once again, it is a vision already in the making for over a decade by the Cultural Creatives in the social and consciousness movements like the fundamental social change strands like Evolutionary Enlightenment, Transition and Zeigeist.

The Purpose Of The Vision & The 30-Year Master Plan

The following scaffold vision is composed of past and present fragments from change agents like libertarians of We The People’s “Continental Congress 2009,” and progressives from “The Continental Congress 2.0” of the 99-Declaration Work Group inspired by OWS, and radicals from the “2012 Occupy National Gathering,” the relocalization efforts of the new greens from the Transition Network and Ron Paul Libertarians, while also incorporating other more coherent versions and synthesized through multiple mega-phases to be implemented in a “wartime mobilization” manner once it becomes publicly proclaimed in a national rallying call. S3K 1.0—The Transition Movement’s “Societal Resiliency through Community Relocalization” in ten years (2005 to 2015); S3K 2.0—“The Decentralization of Renewable Energy Production and Distribution through The Post-Carbon Third Industrial Revolution of the Hydrogen Economy” in 10 years (2015-2025); S3K 3.0—“The Resource-Based Economy” of The Venus Project as advocated by The Zeigeist Movement and envisioned by social engineer and structural architect Jacques Fresco to be completed in 10 years (2025-2035). Each transformative threshold is a vision from different activist groups, collectives, organizations, movements, philosophies and liberation theories from anarchism to libertarianism.

The S3K synthesis of these three transformative visions is made possible due to the similarity of alternative worldviews, values and cul-ture that advocates a different social, economic and political system as a result of the end of the fossil fuels era. There will be some overlap and even concurrent development for a few years before the next phase dominate the previous one through inclusion and transcendence, conti-nuity and transformation to create a truly integral culture. You will notice that within each of the three transformative thresholds of S3K there will be gaps or underdeveloped sectors that will get filled in by the other phases. For example, there isn’t much of a description in “Governance” within the S3K 1.0 version of The Transition Movement due to the need to cooperate with existing local governments to decentralize, whereas you will find a more radical notion of government that eliminates politics through cybernation in The Resource-Based Economy version of S3K 3.0. How much time we have before climate chaos catastrophically tips and the drastic decline of oil enters its terminal arc of decline leading to the probable extinction of humanity, no one knows, so the three thresholds serve as multiple mitigating levels of progression towards higher levels of holism, community, conservation, efficiency and ecological sustainability.

Finally, the ultimate end goal of all three transformative thresholds of the “S3K Synthesis Vision” is the “Emergence of Earth Community” and “The Eradication of Empire.” It integrates the best ideas available to us and ends the oppressive social control of the economic and power elites through debt enslavement by the monetary market systems of capitalism, socialism and communism. This “New Millennium Manifesto,” is the unifying theme we’ve been seeking for decades if not centuries. It is time to see the unimaginable and be awe-inspired with the passion to pursue the path co-created by those in the past and yet adaptable to new social innovations of the future, in order to avert the apocalyptic scenarios scientifically predicted or religiously prophesized by converting our Age of Anxiety into an Epic Era of Evolutionary Transformation, a process of evolution that has been in the making for millions of millenniums.


Les derniers petits copains que j’avais étaient tous très grands, j’aime beaucoup, surtout lorsqu’il s’agît de faire l’amour, cela donne beaucoup de possibilités pour des positions vraiment coquines, je pense que vous trouverez tout seul:-) Là, je suis seule depuis quelques semaines et même si je vis encore chez mes

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