We’ve lived so long under the spell of hierarchy—from god-kings to feudal lords to party bosses—that only recently have we awakened to see not only that “regular” citizens have the capacity for self-governance, but that without their engagement our huge global crises cannot be addressed. The changes needed for human society simply to survive, let alone thrive, are so profound that the only way we will move toward them is if we ourselves, regular citizens, feel meaningful ownership of solutions through direct engagement. Our problems are too big, interrelated, and pervasive to yield to directives from on high.
—Frances Moore Lappé, excerpt from Time for Progressives to Grow Up

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

How Occupy reinvented the language of democracy

Click here to access article by Jerome Roos from Reflections on a Revolution.

The author provides an excellent evaluation of the Occupy movement in the US:
...Occupy’s critique of representation and its reinvention of the democratic narrative virtually killed off the last remnants of party and state fetishism within the grassroots movements of the anti-capitalist left. Occupy’s horizontalism did not so much smash the vertical structures of the institutional left — reformist and revolutionary alike — but simply dissolved them through its emphasis on radical equality and open-ended inclusiveness, and its revolutionary vision of the directly democratic urban commune.
But, he also sees the necessity to build on this experience:
...what’s next? It’s self-evident that Occupy reinvigorated anti-capitalist struggles in the US and across the world. But how can we now create the autonomous spaces (both physical and social) within which to carry on our experiment in radical democracy and from which to re-launch our disruptive direct actions against the 1%?
"What's next?", of course, depends on you and I and all other social justice seeking activists across the county.
To answer this question, you and I and all the other activists must study information such as the author provides in this article. Please do not merely skim it. There is so much here. View the video link to study police strategy and tactics. Read the many links to other sources of valuable information that the author provides. For example, I was astonished to learn from one link a lot about the Domestic Security Alliance Council--an organization that I had never heard about before. It is an archetype and a perfect illustration of a fascist organization: a direct integration of corporations and government enforcement agencies to control domestic dissent.