Philosophy: The Occupation and Decommodification Philosophy of Occupy Wall Street (NYC) and Stop The Machine (DC) [this article has been reposted here]
Adbusters’ Culturejammer Headquarters: “#OCCUPYWALLSTREET is a leaderless people powered movement for democracy that began in America on September 17 with an encampment in the financial district of New York City. Inspired by the Egyptian Tahrir Square uprising and the Spanish acampadas, we vow to end the monied corruption of our democracy.” See: http://www.adbusters.org/campaigns/occupywallstreet
Occupy Wall Street: “OccupyWallSt.org is the unofficial de facto online resource for the growing occupation movement happening on Wall Street and around the world. We’re an affinity group committed to doing technical support work for resistance movements. We’re not a subcommittee of the NYCGA nor affiliated with Adbusters, anonymous or any other organization. Occupy Wall Street is a people-powered movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Liberty Square in Manhattan’s Financial District, and has spread to over 100 cities in the United States and actions in over 1,500 cities globally. #ows is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to expose how the richest 1% of people are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.” See: http://occupywallst.org/about/
Stop The Machine: “It is time to light the spark that sets off a true democratic, nonviolent transition to a world in which people are freed to create just and sustainable solutions. We call on people of conscience and courage—all who seek peace, economic justice, human rights and a healthy environment—to join together in Washington, D.C., beginning on Oct. 6, 2011, in nonviolent resistance similar to the Arab Spring and the Midwest awakening.” See: http://october2011.org/statement
Take The Square: “Take The Square was born from the demonstration on May 15, 2011 in Madrid. The demonstration called from the association Democracia Real Ya (Real Democracy Now), was the prelude of a new movement that was about to emerge. Once the demonstration was finished, some of those attending decided spontaneously and independently of the organizers, that a demonstration was not enough, so they decided to camp in the main square of Madrid (Puerta del Sol), thus starting a new project in the history of mankind.” See: http://takethesquare.net/about-us/
OWS and STM – International Road to Dignity – United for Global Change: http://www.scoop.it/t/15-o-unitedforglobalchange/p/388582011/2011-international-road-to-dignity
Occupy Wall Street (NYC) and Stop The Machine (DC) – International Road to Dignity – Global Class Warfare: Global Capitalist Class vs. New Transnational Labour Class
OWS and STM – International Road to Dignity – Global Class Warfare: Global Capitalist Class vs. New Transnational Labour Class | P2P Foundation: http://snuproject.wordpress.com/2011/08/21/global-class-warfare-global-capitalist-class-vs-new-transnational-labour-class-becoming-for-itself-p2p-foundation/
OWS and STM – International Road to Dignity – Moving towards a peaceful ‘war of manoeuvre’ in a global class war See also: http://www.scoop.it/t/mapping-social-network-unionism-worldwide/p/518964149/moving-towards-a-peaceful-war-of-manoeuvre-in-a-global-class-warfare
OWS and STM – Mapping Social Network Unionism Worldwide “For a peer to peer, transnational, common, grassroots, and hyperempowered labour class movement”
Global Revolution 2011-2012 (organized in 2010): http://acampadabcninternacional.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/2011-international-road-to-dignity/
Peer-to-Peer Communism vs. The Client-Server Capitalist State: “Proposing an approach to class struggle based upon venture communism and copyfarleft would be shocking to many revolutionaries due to the utilization of joint stock corporations, bonds, rental agreements, copyright licenses and the retention of the market exchange of the products of labor. Therefore, it must be noted that venture communism and copyfarleft are only a means of class struggle, not ideal goals in and of themselves. They are intended as a means of organizing production towards the goal of building the economic capacity required to engage in class conflict, and transform a capitalist system. In the words of the Industrial Workers of the World ‘not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old.
Capitalism, a mode of production where the worker earns only subsistence while property owners retain the remainder of the productive output, can only create a society where the interests of the property owner will be reflected in the social institutions, and the interests of subjugated producers. Both venture communism and copyfarleft have, as their goal, the creation of a productive commons that producers can use to accumulate mutual wealth, and thus work towards realizing their historic role of creating a society free of economic classes.
As long as producers operate within the capitalist mode of production, they cannot change society politically. Whatever wealth producers can apply to influencing social institutions must come from the share of production they retain, and thus will always be smaller than the share retained by the owners who can use it to prevent change. When we employ a commons of productive assets, which have no individual owners but are collectively owned, we retain the wealth we create, and thus the possibility for a new society is within our grasp.” ~ The Telekommunist Manifesto, Dmytri Kleine
The Telekommunist Manifesto, Dmytri Kleiner, October 2010 – See: http://snuproject.wordpress.com/2011/02/08/93/
“OCCUPATION OF THE WORLD, will be about a REAL and TOTAL change in production, consumption, distribution, ownership relations and thus governance mechanisms we had at hand, which had empowered only 1% against the 99%.
2011 and 2012 will be remembered the years in which the ancient regime has fallen and the mature and advanced human civilization has born. Our generation will be the maker of this change. Lets bring all the forces together on 11.11.11 and make this happen for the people we love, and for the future generations!”
A Global Strategy for a Peaceful World Revolution in 2011-2012 | Global Alliance for Immediate Alteration [GAIA] – See: http://snuproject.wordpress.com/2011/07/11/a-global-strategy-for-a-peaceful-world-revolution-in-2011-2012-global-alliance-for-immediate-alteration-gaia/#more-673
‘Peer-to-Peer Communism vs. The Client-Server Capitalist State’ – The Telekommunist Manifesto: http://www.networkcultures.org/_uploads/%233notebook_telekommunist.pdf
GAIA – Global Alliance for Immediate Alteration – See: https://www.facebook.com/pages/GAIA-Global-Alliance-for-Immediate-Alteration/153324248063506
GAIA – Global Alliance for Immediate Alteration – See: http://openfsm.net/projects/gaia/summary
LETS LINK 15.O GLOBAL REVOLUTION TO 11.11.11 GLOBAL WIKISTRIKE FOR LIFE: OCCUPY THE WORLD See: http://snuproject.wordpress.com/2011/08/30/lets-link-15-o-global-revolution-to-11-11-11-global-strike/
AnonOps Communications – 15.0 Global Revolution – See: http://anonops.blogspot.com/2011/10/15o-global-revolution-join-us-in-your.html
Global Revolution (ROAR) – See: http://roarmag.org/2011/10/global-revolution-mass-protests-in-1000-cities-in-videos/
Mapping Social Network Unionism Worldwide: http://www.scoop.it/t/mapping-social-network-unionism-worldwide
Global Labour Journal: http://digitalcommons.mcmaster.ca/globallabour/
Interface: a journal for and about social movements: http://www.interfacejournal.net/
Center for Civil Society: http://ccs.ukzn.ac.za/
Centre for the Study of Social and Global Justice: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/cssgj/index.aspx
Institute of Network Cultures: http://networkcultures.org/wpmu/portal/
P2P Foundation: http://p2pfoundation.net/
Exploring New Configurations of Network Politics: http://www.networkpolitics.org/
New Organizing Institute: http://neworganizing.com/
Transnational Institute: http://www.tni.org/
Global Labour Institute: http://www.globallabour.info/en/
Global Labour University: http://www.global-labour-university.org/
1. Emancipatory orientation (but plural, not with a closed ideology).
2. Typologically placed in some half point among the movements with orientation of power and the movements with cultural orientation.
3. An antimodernist orientation or some kind of alter-modernization or criticism to the linear conception of history; the belief in progress as a material and moral perpetual development, nor the inconditional optimism towards science and technology and, mainly, the instrumental reason.
4. Heterogeneous social composition with predominance of professional persons of social and cultural services.
5. Differetiated goals and action strategies.
6. Decentralized and antihierarchical organizational structure, networking with a low level of institutionalization and professionalization, with low confidence in bureaucracy and charismatic leadership.
7. Politization of the daily and private life, with the attempt to develop alternative forms of communal life, production and consumption, transforming men and women who compose society into a concrete process.
8. Pragmatic and flexible use (in general) of methods of collective action, from non conventional to more conventional methods. Non conventional will be understand as the civil disobedience, the passive resistance and the direct action, all with strong expressive elements and often pedagogic or counterinformative.
Strategy: The Otpor strategy of Occupy Wall Street and Stop The Machine:
“But Otpor’s founders realized that young people would participate in politics — if it made them feel heroic and cool, part of something big. It was postmodern revolution. “Our product is a lifestyle,” Marovic explained to me. “The movement isn’t about the issues. It’s about my identity. We’re trying to make politics sexy.” Traditional politicians saw their job as making speeches and their followers’ job as listening to them; Otpor chose to have collective leadership, and no speeches at all. And if the organization took inspiration from Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr., it also took cues from Coca-Cola, with its simple, powerful message and strong brand. Otpor’s own logo was a stylized clenched fist — an ironic, mocking expropriation of the symbol of the Serb Partisans in World War II, and of communist movements everywhere.” See: http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2011/02/16/revolution_u?page=full
Jacques Ellul on propaganda (Think: Otpor/Occupy Wall Street):
“Propaganda’s great power is precisely that it furnishes modern man with simple, global explanations, broad, dogmatic causes without which, engulfed by information, he cannot live.
Man is doubly reassured by propaganda: first, because he sees in it an explanation which he can readily understand of the events as they occur; second, because he is promised certain solutions to problems which arise when his limited personal experience yields to objectivity.
But propaganda also teaches him that these problems can be solved only if he participates in the actions proposed for their solution. This is how it makes the individual feel his worth.
Overwhelmed by information, he regains his balance, thanks to propaganda.
He had acquired a sense of his extreme helplessness in a world that had become too vast and too complex, and now he becomes aware of his own importance.
Propaganda tells him that his adherence is essential, that his intervention is being relied upon, that his action is decisive, and that nothing can be solved without him.
While information is necessary for self-awareness, propaganda is necessary to prevent self-awareness from turning into despair.
Man is enriched by the conviction that he can intervene effectively in political life. Furthermore, propaganda teaches him that the extraordinary problems which information has revealed can be solved, but on condition that a certain party, a certain nation, a certain movement, triumphs; and that he, an ordinary individual, will be the artisan of this triumph and will be clothed in glory.
Thus information receives its answer and is put in its true place. It does not produce further obstacles; on the contrary, it becomes another reason for action.” ~ Jacques Ellul
The Arab Spring was financed by the US government and organized by Otpor/CANVAS:
Video – Otpor: The Revolution Business
Gene Sharp’s 198 Methods of Nonviolent Action
Text – Otpor/CANVAS: Nonviolent Struggle – 50 Crucial Points
1967 – Martin Luther King, Jr. disavowed Communism and promoted American ideology. King warned America of what would occur within our society if Americans didn’t demand an immediate end to our government’s negative, increasing militarism and begin dealing positively with America’s moral and social concerns: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SfH2uMayks&list=FLYPN6LhlIBXrDFxCNvRJaiQ&index=1&feature=plpp_video
“Certainly I’ll take some heat for messing with this controversial subject, but the fact is that there’s a LOT of evidence pointing out for this conclusion: TPTB are pulling the strings behind the “Occupy” movements, through US government/CIA fronts, which are using the crowd as pawns in the “problem + reaction = solution” type of events. For the record, I’m not talking about mere agents infiltrated amid the protesters. I’m talking about the same huge apparatus used in “soft coup” operations, carried out to take down political regimes.” ~ undercoveralien
11/3/2011 – Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern confirms that OWS and Stop The Machine (i.e., International Road to Dignity) was organized nearly a year ago (2010) in order to create “another Tahrir Square” here in America: See: http://www.progressiveradionetwork.com/the-progressive-news-hour/2011/11/3/the-progressive-radio-news-hour-11311.html
From Tunisia to “Occupy Wall Street”: Who is the AFL-CIO’s Stuart Appelbaum? See: http://globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=27012
Occupy Wall Street and “The American Autumn”: Is It a “Colored Revolution” See: http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=27053
Egyptians Campaign to Oust President Mubarak, 2011: http://www.scribd.com/doc/71987082/Egyptians-Campaign-to-Oust-President-Mubarak-2011
The Serbian Connection to International Unrest: http://www.scribd.com/doc/71981936/The-Serbian-Connection-to-International-Unrest
Facebook and People Power- The View From Tahrir Square: http://www.scribd.com/doc/71968922/Facebook-and-People-Power-The-View-From-Tahrir-Square
Global Nonviolent Action Database – Egyptians Campaign to Oust President Mubarak, 2011 – 2011-08-24: http://www.scribd.com/doc/71973692/Global-Nonviolent-Action-Database-Egyptians-Campaign-to-Oust-President-Mubarak-2011-2011-08-24