The central tenant of all this is people waiting for politics to happen and then declaring affiliation or allegiance. OR making politics happen. considering it an embodiment of them, who they are and what they want. what must be. There are many leftists who are on the cusp of understanding what it means to be an anarchist but they are just not there. your village is dying of thirst, do you petition the governor to build a well and for this to be taken up in the existing mechanism of decision making and survival or do you get some friends together and go build one yourself….
I used to work with a local community organization prior to Occupy. It's now part of a national network of community groups that spans over 20 different states (this is the same network that provided a lot of the momentum for the 99 spring trainings/shareholder actions). It's going to take a lot of time and agitation - but they're now rallying around targeted campaigns such as pushing the attorney's general task force to push for a massive write down of mortgage debt nationwide….
Occupy was the beginning, as you point out in the evolution of political consciousness, of waking up to the fact that the existing political institutions are worthless for addressing the challenges confronting our communities. This was viscerally felt by people and they acted….
If occupy wall st plans to stick around after the election of 2012 it has to articulate its distance from the two party system, both dems and reps, both obama and romney….
ows doesnt have a chance after 2012 if it compromises for "the lesser of the two evils." It has to articulate clear distance from the two-party scheme. Both parties have failed. A more radical alternative, long-term it may be, has to get off the ground.
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