DOWN WITH ANY ELITE
Occupy the 1%!
37. What went wrong with Occupy?
-- October 22 2012 --
What went wrong with Occupy?
is no unifying target, the struggle against the 1% has been abandoned
and leaders with old leftist ideas have converted the leaderless
movement in a kind of organisation. The 99% know that with action
methods and tactics that failed in the past real change is impossible.
people in Western countries do not want to lose their more or less
comfortable life. Only a minority takes part in demonstrations. In their
private life the 99% often fight. Tax evasion, harassing the boss or
colleagues or ignoring traffic rules are some activities carried out
without any feeling of guilt. A new movement should minimise mass
actions and initiate small autonomous actions common people can carry
out with the capabilities and possibilities they have.
had a surprising start. Authorities were not prepared to cope with the
occupation of thousands of squares. Obviously there was a lot of
discontent. People were waiting for new ideas to get a humane world.
Some big tactical mistakes
Electronic communication serves to spread ideas
further and faster but the power of the 1% can only be broken by direct
actions and not by texts on internet or on placards in a demonstration.
On Facebook is discussed what the other side is doing but hardly what
the Movement should do.
Each action should contribute to this common goal,
a Humane World without a greedy 1%. The emphasis on building a more
friendly society in communes can be attractive to the participants but
will not change the power and wealth relations in the world.
Movements should move with surprising actions against clear targets.
Past movements succeeded because of this simple truth but eliminating
the power of the 1% needs new methods to change the world (that past
movements never achieved).
After 1985 inspiring political movements virtually ceased to exist.
In the twenty five years before 1985 authorities found new methods to canalise dissatisfaction while protesters continued to use old methods. Successes became rare and the disappointed 99% refused to take part in new movements. The fat twenty-five years before 1985 were followed by the meagre twenty-five years. The hope for a New Humane World seemed to have disappeared.
A new start
start of Occupy inspired the new generation. The next steps were not
inspiring because old action methods returned and fighting against the
greedy rich became protesting about relatively small problems.
to improve a bad situation can be laudable but partial political demands
do not address the fundamental reasons of the bad situation. Actions
should include attacks on the 1% who caused the bad situation and not be
restricted to the effects of the cause.
You may wonder if 150 years of
communist, socialist, anarchist or leftist actions have been successful.
The power and wealth gap is still growing. The People have no direct
While a century ago leftist movements had ample interest in capitalists, in our time the 1% seems to have been excluded from any action threat. In the French revolution (see Jean-Paul Marat) the highest class was attacked but in the last century capitalists hardly felt any direct pressure. The left tried without much success to change the system and neglected to develop means for The People to control leaders.
Movements have clear goals and fighting for a vague new system does not
attract the 99%.
When the 1% lose their power because of
actions of the 99% the system will change anyhow. How the new system
will look like is the responsibility of the people who live in the
future, our task is to create the possibility that a society without a
1% can come into being in which not money inspires all decisions but the
idea that all people have the same status.
People’s Power is a continuous process.
Leaders who do wrong must be aware that suddenly and unexpectedly they
can come under fire. By Creatively Disturbing their private life, by not
giving them any respite, (a principle of a guerrilla) they realise they
can only avoid pressure by taking decisions in which people stand
central and not money and the benefit of the own group.
Only with new ideas, new tactics, a uniting target and a long string of
successes we get a New Humane World.
Without these basic conditions any movement will be short-lived and the
power and the money will be still more concentrated in the hands of the
Happy Few, the 1%.
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