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Commentary :: Labor
Occupy has run it's course as a tactic
12 Feb 2012
Occupy has run it's course as a tactic
To Get The 1% To Beg Us For Mercy.

By Lloyd Hart

Occupy has run it's course as a tactic and has failed to garner the kind of mass actions that the rush to war in Iraq garnered in 2002 and 2003 when millions of US citizens marched. Had the Occupy participants been decisive about what they were seeking and had moved to real Ghandian non-cooperation non-violent civil disobedience they claimed to be practicing but in fact weren't, the Occupy tactic would have died a natural death and evolved into a real challenge of oligarch power. Unfortunately though Occupy is now being murdered by liberal intellectuals like Chris Hedges who is fomenting a civil war in the middle of the metamorphosis of Occupy into a broader street protest movement as the west coast activists are continuing street actions and won't lay down for the roll that the democratic party and the liberal hacks on MSNBC have already selected for them.

It is important that the ruling class don't get away with blotting out public discontent with their fairy tale election script in 2012. It is important that the politicians and their masters in the pentagon and on wall st. are made very uncomfortable by street protests for the rest of the year and right up to the presidential inauguration. It is Important to force them to respond to the demands of the protest movement that will crystalize public demands for sanity in public policy.

Without continued street protests the public will be forced to listen to the phony platitudes and promises from both political parties that claim they represent a majority of Americans while being continually squeezed by the artificially inflated cost living sinking Americans deeper and deeper into poverty, when we can create a situation where the politicos vying for their portion of the budget and want to maintain the myth of economic recovery have to justify their positions to the protester's anger.

It is also important to keep the protest movement separate from the political process and not take any directions from and being very suspicious of any corporate media outlet that attempts to co-opt any aspect of the protest movements' success to get numbers on the street.

I respect the attempt that the absolute beginners that created the Occupy tactic accomplished but the authorities realized that the Occupy participants were push overs as a result of the general assembly and would dissolve and melt away, playing the victim of the police state instead of physically defending their turf. Unfortunately the public wanted to see a greater spirit of resistance and militancy that only seems to be manifesting on the west coast. So, as all good activists the Occupiers must recognize that Occupy failed to strike fear in the hearts of the politicians, the Generals and the wall st. thieves and simply evolve to what has always worked, a broad based protest movement manifesting and allowing for a broad basket of tactics including militancy that shuts down the economy until the political class surrenders power to democracy.

Instead of attempting to save Occupy, leave Occupy behind with Chris Hedges and the liberal intellectual class who are far to comfortable to occupy anything other than their own egos. Let them bristle at the Black Bloc and the eventual worker militancy that is coming just naturally as a result of no real economic or ecological results manifesting from the political class. Political ideology is always washed away by poverty and with half of Americans at or below the poverty line it won't be long before the politicians won't feel safe in public places.

I have spoken with OWS activists in New York and OWS is nearly broke and donations have collapsed which is a direct indicator of public support falling off. Support began to fall off when the General Assembly became arrogant and told the world "Demands? We don't need no stinking demands!" It's always good to set goals and then head in that general direction but OWS went side ways and is now battling amongst themselves like a family fighting over the fact that they can't find enough work to pay the mortgage. The American public does not want to hear that. They want to hear the heart struck passions of working class heroes throwing themselves against the brittle wall of heartless power.

So, If those activists who still have fight in their hearts want to keep the mass protests going it should be for the simple act of taking away the false glow of 'politicians to the rescue' in the bullshit 2012 campaign season. For the simple act of wiping the smiles from the faces of those same lying, thieving politicians, generals and wall st. crooks who think they have pushed public discontent aside and secured their power for another phony election cycle. To get the 1% to beg us for mercy.

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Proposed List Of Demands For Occupy Wall St Movement!

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