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Why Occupy Should Be the Left's Tea Party


US Politics & Gov't  (tags: Occupy Wall Street Movement, OWS, media, economies, politics, world, 'CIVILLIBERTIES!', freedoms, news, candidates, elections )

Cal
- 716 days ago - motherjones.com
May Day was a success, but Occupy needs to rethink itself if it wants to change America.



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Susanne R. (248)
Wednesday May 2, 2012, 9:06 pm
I agree with the author regarding what Occupy should focus on next: "Occupy has drawn attention to the rigging of the political system by boycotting it. Now it can campaign against that political system—against Washington—by working to elect people who will unrig it."

Never underestimate the importance of your vote!

Interesting article. Thanks for posting it, Cal!
 

Nicole W. (619)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 8:35 am
thank you Cal, noted
 

BMutiny TCorporationsEvil (465)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 10:26 am
As people know by now, May Day was the EXCUSE for a lot of Black Bloc violence, breaking windows and trashing property; designed to DISCREDIT the Occupy Movement and prevent it from becoming the Mass Movement for Change that it potentially is

.I posted this on the Occupy Seattle Non-Violence {NV} Group Facebook page:

"Those who promote violence are the DUPES of the Corporations"
I avoided the morning march that turned violent {and yes, destroying windows and automobiles IS DEFINITELY violent, and is perceived that way by the Public, ALWAYS perceived that way by the Public, no matter what anybody SAYS in "justification"}.

In the afternoon, I joined the march to Seattle Center, non-violent as far as I could see. I WAS CARRYING THE FOLLOWING SIGN. I got LOTS and LOTS of favorable comments on it from passers-by! And my sign's picture taken a LOT. So many people told me AT LENGTH why they approved of my sign!
"Those who promote violence are the DUPES of the Corporations"

Chris Hedges is indeed correct: "The Black Bloc is the CANCER of the Occupy Movement".
I believe, that the BEST WAY TO FIGHT THE BLACK BLOCK, WHICH IS DESTROYING ALL WE STAND FOR -- is with RIDICULE and INTENSE, CONCENTRATED SOCIAL DIS-APPROVAL.
Words like DUPES, IDIOTS, COWARDS, IMMATURE, IRRESPONSIBLE, ADOLESCENT -- take away from that "cool, macho" image they THINK they are projecting.
To take them on their OWN terms, as "big and bad and tough", is NOT the way to move them.
Tell them that BREAKING WINDOWS IS A SEXUAL RELEASE FOR THEM {which it most certainly IS!}.
Tell them {and the rest of us!} that they are EITHER SLAVES TO THE CORPORATIONS {if they are paid agents provocateurs}, or DUPES IF THEY FOLLOW THE LEAD OF THE SLAVES -- AGENTS PROVOCATEURS.
After all, an agent provocateur NEVER NEVER YET has advocated PEACEFUL protest! That tells you something! Those who advocate for violent methods, are NO DIFFERENT from the police agents -- ONLY their MOTIVES are different; their ACTIONS are EXACTLY THE SAME; and that is what the Public perceives, ONLY THE ACTIONS.
EITHER SLAVES OR DUPES. Those who advocate violence, NECESSARILY fall into ONE OF THOSE TWO CAMPS. There is no other way for them.
This should become a MEME of the Occupy Movement. How we FRAME things is important.
RIDICULE, LAUGHTER, DIS-RESPECT -- and NOT "fear" of their violence, that just FEEDS their inflated childish egos!
ARE YOU WITH ME ON THIS???????????? Seattle non-violent group?

"Those who promote violence are the DUPES of the Corporations"
==================================================

Fortunately, the Occupy Movement is OVERWHELMINGLY Non-violent; even if the few violent COWARDS get more-than-their-share of Media attention. The violent Black Bloc types will be just a blip, a footnote, in history, once the wishes of the Vast Majority prevail. In the meantime, tho, if they infest your city, you know how to handle them best -- with DERISION, RIDICULE and SCORN.

 

Veronique L. (213)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 11:24 am
Thank you for the article
 

Rosie Lopez (73)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:09 pm
thanks cal!
 

Robert O. (12)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:19 pm
Makes sense to me. The occupy movement barely has any elements of violence and when it does it's just a few bad apples or the result of law enforcement playing the part of power hungry instigators. The occupy movement is focused on real issues whereas the tea-party is just a bunch of loudmouth, (mostly) blue collar, conservatives with nationalist, racist, sexist beliefs who are angry for no good reason. Maybe their angry that they're not able to keep up financially with their suit and tie waering conservative cousins. Who knows? Either way they're making fools of themselves.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 12:38 pm
You can't stop Occupy now! :) Nearly half the world is jobless in worsening conditions and we know exactly who it is and their puppets.

Vote them out. 100% turn out!!!
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 2:54 pm
thanks for article
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 7:25 pm
Our votes go uncounted.
Hacking Democracy - Full Length
The Democratic Party also represents the corporate Fascists.
Vote a blank ballot.
None of the Above!
Let them know you came but reject them all!
 

Billie C. (2)
Thursday May 3, 2012, 8:25 pm
at least the tea party doesn't go around breaking windows, ruining public parks. they can hardly be compared. ows only shows how to ruin things and cost tax payers money.
 

ellen m. (233)
Friday May 4, 2012, 4:57 pm
The "Blac Bloc" is but a blip on the screen and hardly Occupy's main problem, even the radio, tv, police and city offices acknowledge that fact to all that will listen.

Getting their act together here is. And Hedges made that pretty clear...thanks Cal
 
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