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October 13 2011

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While FOX, CNN etc. were still scratching their heads seemingly trying to figure out what it's all about, seven year old Celia Cooley visits McPherson Square in Washington DC to see for herself... and in the process, discovers why the revolution will never be televised.
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October 04 2011

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DG: It is organically happening but there are definite problems that occur. We found this back in the days of the globalization movement. Unions were very supportive and provided resources but they’re very different organizations. The real difficulty is how to work with people who are top-down and have a funding base, as it means there are things they can say in public and things they can’t, and groups where people can say whatever they want and the whole idea is to be decentralized. One problem I’ve already heard of is that people are coming in and changing the tenor of the general assemblies to speeches, and that’s not really what it’s supposed to be about. So you have to balance the aspect where you’re trying to show what direct democracy could be like and the effort to link up with groups that have a form of organization we’ve rejected.

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oAnth:

this entry is part of the OccupyWallStreet compilation 2011-09/10, here.

‘You’re creating a vision of the sort of society you want to have in miniature.’ | David Graeber - The Washington Post 2011-10-03

October 03 2011

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The Shock of Victory by David Graeber | theanarchistlibrary.org 2007


The biggest problem facing direct action movements is that we don’t know how to handle victory.

This might seem an odd thing to say because of a lot of us haven’t been feeling particularly victorious of late. Most anarchists today feel the global justice movement was kind of a blip: inspiring, certainly, while it lasted, but not a movement that succeeded either in putting down lasting organizational roots or transforming the contours of power in the world. The anti-war movement was even more frustrating, since anarchists and anarchist tactics were largely marginalized. The war will end, of course, but that’s just because wars always do. No one is feeling they contributed much to it.

I want to suggest an alternative interpretation. Let me lay out three initial propositions here:

  1. Odd though it may seem, the ruling classes live in fear of us. They appear to still be haunted by the possibility that, if average Americans really get wind of what they’re up to, they might all end up hanging from trees. It know it seems implausible but it’s hard to come up with any other explanation for the way they go into panic mode the moment there is any sign of mass mobilization, and especially mass direct action, and usually try to distract attention by starting some kind of war.

  2. In a way this panic is justified. Mass direct action — especially when organized on democratic lines — is incredibly effective. Over the last thirty years in America, there have been only two instances of mass action of this sort: the anti-nuclear movement in the late ‘70s, and the so called “anti-globalization” movement from roughly 1999-2001. In each case, the movement’s main political goals were reached far more quickly than almost anyone involved imagined possible.

  3. The real problem such movements face is that they always get taken by surprise by the speed of their initial success. We are never prepared for victory. It throws us into confusion. We start fighting each other. The ratcheting of repression and appeals to nationalism that inevitably accompanies some new round of war mobilization then plays into the hands of authoritarians on every side of the political spectrum. As a result, by the time the full impact of our initial victory becomes clear, we’re usually too busy feeling like failures to even notice it.

Let me take the two most prominent examples case by case:

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oAnth:

this entry is part of the OccupyWallStreet compilation 2011-09/10, here.

USA: Occupy Together

The website Occupy Together offers a wealth of information on the social movements catalyzing in many cities in the United States and in other countries around the world against corporate greed and corruption.

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oAnth:

this entry is part of the OccupyWallStreet compilation 2011-09/10, here.
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Piratenpartei: Hoffnungen der Wiedervereinigung wurden enttäuscht | Golem.de 2011-10-03

   

// Der Chef der Piratenpartei, Sebastian Nerz, hat zum heutigen Tag der Deutschen Einheit eine Bilanz gezogen: Die Hoffnungen der Menschen durch die Wiedervereinigung seien enttäuscht worden, sagte er. Überwachungsgierige Politiker hätten alle Lehren aus der Volksbewegung der DDR vergessen.

Die Menschen wollten bei der deutschen Wiedervereinigung eine "demokratischere, freiere und gerechtere Welt" schaffen. "Diese Hoffnungen wurden bislang enttäuscht", erklärte Sebastian Nerz, Chef der Piratenpartei, in einem Gastkommentar für die Nachrichtenagentur dpa zum Tag der Deutschen Einheit. Mit dem Ende der DDR wurde demnach ein System überwunden, das für "ständige Überwachung der Bürger, Zensur und die Mauertoten" stand.

Der 3. Oktober sei auch ein "Sinnbild für die Überwindung des stetigen und immerwährenden Abbaus von Bürgerrechten", ein Prozess, der in den letzten Jahren auch in "demokratischen Staaten" wieder zunehme. Ein Teil der ehemaligen DDR-Bürgerrechtler sei darum auch heute noch aktiv. Denn: "Den Zielen eines Bürgerrechtlers wird auch das vereinte Deutschland nicht gerecht."

Bereits in den 70er Jahren habe in Westdeutschland ein kontinuierlicher Abbau von demokratischen Rechten begonnen, was sich nach der Wiedervereinigung noch beschleunigt habe. Nerz nannte hier die akustische und optische Überwachung durch den Großen Lauschangriff ab 1998, die Überwachung privater Kommunikation durch die Vorratsdatenspeicherung bis März 2010, die Aufzeichnung der Bewegungsmuster der Menschen durch das Flugdatenabkommen und ihrer Bezahlvorgänge durch das Swift-Abkommen.

"Die Überwachungsgier mancher Politiker kennt keine Grenzen", erklärte Nerz. Es scheine fast, als wären alle Lehren aus der Wiedervereinigung vergessen. Es brächte keinen Gewinn an Sicherheit, wenn jeder Schritt unbescholtener und unschuldiger Bürger beobachtet, klassifiziert und archiviert würde und ihr Verhalten, über das EU-Projekt Indect, auf Auffälligkeiten überprüft würde, so der Piratenchef. Die überwachungsgier mancher Politiker kenne keine Grenzen. //

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Dr. Cornel West at the Occupy Wall Street protest Tuesday evening. [Photo: @linktothepast86]

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oAnth:

this entry is part of the OccupyWallStreet compilation 2011-09/10, here.


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via Huxley Vs. Orwell: Infinite Distraction Or Government Oppression? | Prose Before Hos 2011-08-24


// Originally from Recombinant Records: Amusing Ourselves to Death, adapted from Amusing Ourselves to Death: Public Discourse in the Age of Show Business by Neil Postman.

When I read this comic, I am reminded of one of my favorite quotes from Brave New World:

“It’s curious,” he went on after a little pause, “to read what people in the time of Our Ford used to write about scientific progress. They seemed to have imagined that it could be allowed to go on indefinitely, regardless of everything else. Knowledge was the highest good, truth the supreme value; all the rest was secondary and subordinate. True, ideas were beginning to change even then. Our Ford himself did a great deal to shift the emphasis from truth and beauty to comfort and happiness. Mass production demanded the shift. Universal happiness keeps the wheels steadily turning; truth and beauty can’t. And, of course, whenever the masses seized political power, then it was happiness rather than truth and beauty that mattered. Still, in spite of everything, unrestricted scientific research was still permitted. People still went on talking about truth and beauty as though they were the sovereign goods. Right up to the time of the Nine Years’ War. That made them change their tune all right. What’s the point of truth or beauty or knowledge when the anthrax bombs are popping all around you? That was when science first began to be controlled–after the Nine Years’ War. People were ready to have even their appetites controlled then. Anything for a quiet life. We’ve gone on controlling ever since. It hasn’t been very good for truth, of course. But it’s been very good for happiness. One can’t have something for nothing. Happiness has got to be paid for. You’re paying for it, Mr. Watson–paying because you happen to be too much interested in beauty. I was too much interested in truth; I paid too.”

And:

There was something called liberalism. Parliament, if you know what that was, passed a law against it. The records survive. Speeches about liberty of the subject. Liberty to be inefficient and miserable. Freedom to be a round peg in a square hole. //


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oAnth:

this entry is part of the OccupyWallStreet compilation 2011-09/10, here.

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via oAnth (reposted) at Diaspora*

for those who are looking for a decentralized social network platform which in my opinion has realistic potentials in the coming years to develop as a central base for the international protest movement


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oAnth:

this entry is part of the OccupyWallStreet compilation 2011-09/10, here.
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via a repost by oAnth - Diaspora*

The girl is 13 years old - according to the reports during the arrests on Brooklyn Bridge from 2011-10-02.

  • The scene, when the young lady was arrested (probably 13, if the rumours are reliable) is kept on video, here. 

  • The photograph has qualities to become a brand for #occupyWallStreet - there is already a first example for its viral use.

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oAnth:

this entry is part of the OccupyWallStreet compilation 2011-09/10, here.  
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October 02 2011

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