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Commentary :: International
Harsh Realities-Thoughts for Occupy*
06 Oct 2011
There is an America that white people
have in their minds from long ago. It's the Garrison Keillor America
on Prairie Home Companion, the one after gothic crime noir, and
before the introduction of neoliberalism in the early Sixties. It's
America where everyone's grandparents went to school on the GI Bill,
an America where everyone looked out for each other. One that exists
in suburbs, where if you work really hard you can make. That America
existed in United States in between 1945-1965.
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"> There is an America that white people
have in their minds from long ago. It's the Garrison Keillor America
on Prairie Home Companion, the one after gothic crime noir, and
before the introduction of neoliberalism in the early Sixties. It's
America where everyone's grandparents went to school on the GI Bill,
an America where everyone looked out for each other. One that exists
in suburbs, where if you work really hard you can make. That America
existed in United States in between 1945-1965.
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"> If you lived in Alabama and were
white, Hank Williams was on the radio and it felt good because one of
your kind was playing music, black music at that, and the Depression
was over, World War 2 was over and while people were a little messed
up by the Korean War, everyone still had hope. This was the case if
you were white.
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"> If you were white and lived in the
North, the open racism of segregated water fountains wasn't as
apparent, but segregation still <A HREF="http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,878645,00.html";>existed.</A>
If you were white and male, a lot opportunities flourished for you
after World War Two. Oh sure, all of your friends from high school
died fighting in Southeast Asia (it's not even Vietnam, yet), but you
were able to get that engineering degree from Embry Riddle and that
cozy job in New Hampshire where you designed parts for a strong union
builder. The middle class was expanding, there was a high tax on the
wealthy and... women were still looked at as spinster or hookers if
they worked. If you were a person of color, you had no right
whatsoever speaking out line. And you weren't expected to unless you
were one of those uppity blacks marching in Selma. Even then, it
didn't matter because racism doesn't exist in the Northeast. They're
all Republicans up there. It's those Democrats down south. All their
big government and welfare programs and they have segregation-- what
a bunch of racist communists!</P>

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</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in">And that's the truth. A great deal of
what Occupy* is looking for doesn't exist anymore and if you got it
back you wouldn't want it. There isn't enough money to fund the
government. There isn't enough money to cut the government, either.
The result shouldn't be reforms nor organizing a base to re-elect
Obama. Barack Obama can't give you what you want. Even if he did, he
would be the most irresponsible President of a <A HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Liberal_democracy";>liberal
democracy</A>. Legitimately, in order to maintain capitalism and
liberal democracy, he absolutely can't give you what you want. The
Republicans are correct, if he did then business would pack up and
leave. This is the world of multinational corporations. It's not 1945
when Frederic Hayek was still wondering if social justice might be
the best way.
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in">I suggest to you all to either accept
the fact that you are doomed to fail or look at another option. If
you've been participating in the general assemblies, you know that
this something weird. It's not new, but weird. It's how anarchists
operate when they hold meetings, we took it from the <A HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quakers";>Quakers.</A>
It's not an end all. In fact it's very flawed. Consensus meetings
take up lots of time, but it allows the minority to have a voice.
<I>It's an<A HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anticapitalism";>
anticapitalist</A> way of organizing.</I>

</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in">Instead of looking for capitalist
reforms that will never pan out, look to anti-capitalism. DEMAND
ANTICAPITALISM! What would an anticapitalist world look like? Ask
around. For some of us, it's the way in which we already attempt to<A HREF="http://crimethinc.com/";>
live</A>. The <A HREF="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consensus_decision-making";>decision
making process</A> is just one way. Asking for a return to another
time isn't just romanticism and impossible, it denies the histories
of the oppressed. We certainly don't want to send women back to the
kitchen. We don't support segregation.
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in"><BR>
</P>
<P STYLE="margin-bottom: 0in">Anticapitalism comes in many forms. I
suggest anarchism, you know, those people who are insane about about
horizontal decision making (the form that you are using) and looking
out for one another. Anarchism is also not perfect, it is an ongoing
experiment. People often make mistakes and that's okay, so long as
you fix it. Come join our anticapitalist resistance and ask for a
different world instead of an older, scarier world.</P>
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