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The Occupy Movement and the Politics of Educated Hope


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Kit
- 2340 days ago - truth-out.org
"To be truly radical is to make hope possible rather than despair inevitable." -Raymond Williams-- American society has lost its claim on democracy.



   

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Kit B (276)
Tuesday May 22, 2012, 6:24 pm

American society has lost its claim on democracy. One indication of such a loss is that the crises produced on a daily basis by crony capitalism operate within a discourse of denial. Rather than address the ever proliferating crises produced by market fundamentalism as an opportunity to understand how the United States has arrived at such a point in order to change direction, the dominating classes now use such crises as an excuse for normalizing a growing punishing and warfare state, while consolidating the power of finance capital and the mega-rich. Uncritically situated in an appeal to common sense, the merging of corporate and political power is now constructed on a discourse of refusal - a denial of historical conditions, existing inequalities and massive human suffering - used to bury alive the conditions of its own making. The notion that neoliberal capitalism has less interest in free markets than an enormous stake in the dominance of public life by corporations no longer warrants recognition and debate in mainstream apparatuses of power. Hence, the issue of what happens to democracy and politics when corporations dominate almost all aspects of American society is no longer viewed as a central question to be addressed in public life.
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By Henry A. Giroux, Truthout | Op-Ed

To fully understand this article, it must be read in its' entirety.
 

Rose Becke (141)
Tuesday May 22, 2012, 6:27 pm
BRILLIANT KIT
 

pam w (139)
Tuesday May 22, 2012, 9:42 pm
"In such a society, cynicism becomes the ideology of choice as public life collapses into the ever-encroaching domain of the private, and social ills and human suffering become more difficult to identify, understand and engage with critically."

++++++++++++++++ The author could have mentioned the disturbing decline in civility, not to mention the understanding and acceptance of those who disagree with religious tenets!
 

Past Member (0)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 11:14 am
The U.S go vermin t has no integrity.
They just pass and enforce laws willy-nilly.
Whatever is easier, more convenient and more profitable.

 

Michael T (82)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 11:14 am
I hold it that a little rebellion now and then is a good thing, and as necessary in the political world as storms in the physical. Thomas Jefferson

He is absolutely right. And the government seems to smell one coming. Millions are being spent by cities like Chicago to upgrade their police departments into military forces. They know its coming, because they know they have created the conditions that will cause it. (point taken Pam, grin)
 

(0)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 11:15 am
Manipulation has always been the means to an end for endless corporate greed. Sad to say, it seems like they found a way to milk the system "through the use of spin," while destroying America at the same time!
 

Caitlin M (104)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 11:17 am
Understanding the importance of the Occupy/99% movement is one of the most vital needs in our society today, I believe. Giving up the myth of the democracy we've been primed to think we have is quite a difficult task for most of us. Our government is a cabal of patsies for the huge capitalists in this country. The Occupy/99%-ers (that's US, folks) is the only viable alternative. Electing people into the same old bought-and-sold system won't do it. We'd like to think it makes a difference, but it doesn't really. I identify mostly with "Democratic" values. But how many of those values have really been acted upon in our society? If we look closely, not many. FDR, LBJ, and Carter tried the most, but that's all being pulled down now. The stronger the capitalist capos have put the strong-arm holds on our citizens' supposed representatives, the more freedoms are lost and real values have vanished. Pam W. mentions the decline in civility and the rise of support for "religious" tenets recently. It's all a part of the grand scheme of the few to get a hold on the few. Keeping us barefoot, pregnant, and ignorant is high on the list of tactics. We must not poop out on support of the Occupy/99% movement. It is vital to our survival as a prosperous, intelligent, loving human family. Now who do we hear talking about those values these days, huh? Sound pretty silly, don't they? WWJD? WWBuddhaDo? WWyouDo? Thanks for keeping this important issue up front, Kit.
 

Kit B (276)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 11:34 am

I'm sorry I can not send out more Green Stars. So many here do understand that this highly partisan decision by the corrupt Supreme Five is tearing this country apart. I am not usually open to the idea of constitutional amendments, it can be used to sneak in all sorts of counter measures, but in this case it seems our last resort.
 

Angela N (0)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 12:38 pm
thank you :)
 

Nancy M (168)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 12:54 pm
Great article Kit. Thanks for posting.
 

Phil R (29)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 3:28 pm
I realize, as anyone must, that changes have to be made in American politics. But the call for revolution or bringing down the established economy of the country is just patent nonsense. No matter how pissed you are at big business, you have to realize that our economy is essential to the well being of the country and everyone living here.
What we need to do is divorce big money and religion from politics and ensure that the advances made during the financial recovery get passed on to the worker. These are things that are do-able through legislation.

However....if a large portion of the country supports obstruction of these goals they will, indeed, prove unattainable. And there's the rub. If radical conservatives, TPs, and religious fanatics are allowed to stonewall efforts for reform, we will be on the slippery slope to feudalism and dark ages.

It's not the 1% i fear. It's the mindless millions that support them.
 

Phil R (29)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 3:34 pm
I realize, as anyone must, that changes have to be made in American politics. But the call for revolution or bringing down the established economy of the country is just patent nonsense. No matter how pissed you are at big business, you have to realize that our economy is essential to the well being of the country and everyone living here.
What we need to do is divorce big money and religion from politics and ensure that the advances made during the financial recovery get passed on to the worker. These are things that are do-able through legislation.

However....if a large portion of the country supports obstruction of these goals they will, indeed, prove unattainable. And there's the rub. If radical conservatives, TPs, and religious fanatics are allowed to stonewall efforts for reform, we will be on the slippery slope to feudalism and dark ages.

It's not the 1% i fear. It's the mindless millions that support them.
 

Phil R (29)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 3:36 pm
sorry..only meant to post that once.
 

Michael T (82)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 3:55 pm
Phil I don't disagree. I am not calling for real open rebellion/revolution per se, unless and until it becomes necessary, and it may become necessary.

Things are going to have to change and the resistance of the powers that be aren't making concessions. That economy is going to go into the shi**er even if revolt doesn't happen.
 

Kit B (276)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 4:02 pm

The first revolution is that of the thinking process. We must use logic and observation along with open conversations to discern exactly where the problems lie. Then people need to come to a consensus of ways to address those problems that will be most beneficial to the people. Business and corporate policies under the Citizens United does not benefit the citizens.
 

Michael T (82)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 4:02 pm
You can also have revolt and rebellion in a number of ways. In effect we actually have an aspect of it as we speak. Occupy is that on a level. The kind I am talking about is peaceful, but resolute.

The government has already shown signs they are anticipating it. The radical concervatives, TP,s and relgious fanatic groups have not let up on there interference.
 

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 4:21 pm
Must see, police dog bites an officer who just hit a peaceful protester
https://indianinthemachine.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/k9-unit-bites-an-officer-who-hit-a-peaceful-protestor-even-dogs-know-fascism-when-they-see-it/
 

Terrie W (798)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 4:38 pm
Love it, Kathy! Thanks for the day's chuckle out of me. Not an easy thing to do these days.

How we likin' our Fascism so far? I know I am not.

We have one last peaceful option that the Baggers/Fascists/Fundies hope we do not actually understand we have the power to dso. That one last option is to invoke Article V of the Constitution. After that.....we have no other peaceful option.
 

Kit B (276)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 4:41 pm

How to Call a Convention

Article V of the Constitution gives the states the power to call for a Constitutional Convention. To do so, two-thirds of the states—34 out of 50 state legislatures—must pass an application calling for a Convention. If enough states pass this simple resolution, then Congress must call a Convention so that states can propose amendments to the Constitution.

The application states must pass does not need to provide a reason for the Convention—states can call a Convention for any reason. However, there is no guarantee the Convention will address the complaints of the states, as delegates at the Convention may introduece and pass whatever Amendments they see fit. (States may try to remedy this by electing their delegates to the Convention.)

Any amendments that come out of the convention have to be ratified by the legislatures of, or by conventions in, at least three-quarters of the states to become part of the Constitution of the United States.

http://callaconvention.org/resolution.php
 

JL A (281)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 7:31 pm
The politics of fear and misdirected attention can become fearful, indeed, of educated hope that shines the lights on what was willfully hidden before.
 

Lois Jordan (63)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 9:08 pm
Very thorough article---thanks, Kit. Much of this is addressed by Naomi Klein in Shock Doctrine--also made into a documentary film. After reading your comment regarding Article V, I now understand another reason why Republicans have worked so hard to be the majority in state legislatures. My own state (AZ) is blood red and just oozes craziness. Yes! We must absolutely continue to support the Occupations.
I've gained even more insight recently by watching The Assange Interviews on RT.com. Has given me quite a perspective on world issues....many things I didn't realize before.
 

David C (108)
Wednesday May 23, 2012, 10:23 pm
thanks.
 

Terrie W (798)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 7:47 am
To clarify my comment, (thanks Kit), as to what Article V can be used for.....

--That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.--- Thomas Jefferson, Declaration of Independence

He also goes on to write, ---Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.---

The people have the right to call for a Constitutional Convention wherein they can pick delegates and amend the Constitution. It can also suspend the sitting Congress while this is going on.
 

Terrie W (798)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 7:48 am
Ooops,,,,better put my refernce link on here huh....

http://www.archives.gov/exhibits/charters/declaration_transcript.html
 

M B (62)
Thursday May 24, 2012, 2:15 pm
Did anyone read Barbara's post about what the German police did ? They took off their helmets and supported the Occupy protests against capitalism. I very much hope that this happens in the US, too.
O yes the government hides behind "democracy", but in fact this isn't a democracy - it's about the overmighty 1% they keep protecting, the corporate greedy capitalism. Go Occupy before it's too late ! BE the change !!
Unless there's a better alternative one should vote Obama / Biden. The Rep's guarantee NO healthcare, but WAR. Remember that when you cast your vote.
And stay PEACEFUL, otherwise you gain nothing. (I like the idea of a Constitutional Convention, as Terrie Williams explained).
 
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