DOWN WITH ANY ELITE
Occupy the 1%!
44. Autonomous Clubs, a new instrument for revolution
-- January 4 2013 --
Autonomous Clubs, a new instrument for revolution
small temporary groups of activists can become the new way to reach a
different world by replacing the old way of mass actions.
The Arab Spring, based on mass actions, was somewhat disappointing.
Some leaders were chased away but replaced by clones. The Power of The
People did not really hurt the Arab 1%. The damage to the 99% in terms
of deaths, wounded and imprisoned activists was much higher than any
damage to the 1%. The French revolutionary Jean-Paul Marat said:
their defeats, the princes do not lose anything”….. “Violence of The
People remains always far inferior to the sum of all injustices by the
despots over the century”.
Mass action methods are dubious.
Fighting with security forces, attacks on police stations, ministries
and other buildings the 1% use to exert power but no penetration of the
power basis of the 1%. The wealth of the 1% was hardly attacked. The
power structure remained unbroken and new members filled the places of
expelled ones. The 1% were satisfied because the removed group had been
too greedy and had damaged the incomes of the rest of the 1%.
Mass actions in
Maybe mass actions were successful in the past
though also then the damage to the 99% was too big. Revolutions improved
the situation of common citizens but after some time a new 1% arose that
more and more resembled the capitalist 1%. Besides the authorities
learned how to cope with mass actions. Control mechanisms refined,
intelligence improved though the 99% were sometimes allowed to blow off
Mass actions often violate a human principle:
Damage to the 99% should be
minimal and pressure on the 1% maximal.
We need different actions that undermine the power of the 1%,
anchored in the extravagant mansions of the 1%. The 1% have power to get
more money than anyone else for living a privileged life, far different
from the life of the 99%. When they do not see the result of their power
in their own backyard they lose their motivation to rule, the power
pyramid becomes shaky and in the end it will crash. Then we have a
chance that a new Humane World will come into being without a greedy and
Mass actions have some value in showing that a lot
of people want change but do not increase pressure on the 1%. Therefore
we need small Autonomous Clubs
that act in the way, on the place, the time and against the targets the
members choose. They can put pressure on people who take wrong decisions
that benefit themselves. The Club dissolves when it has achieved some
success. Former members can join another Club or return to their private
life. The People do not need permanent structures, they need a
possibility to move when they want to move.
Autonomous Clubs are a new instrument to change power relations,
to destroy the pivotal role of
money so decisions will be taken because of the idea that all people
have the same status, a decent life, food, house, education, medical
See also my blog about Autonomous Clubs http://downwithelite.wordpress.com/autonomous-clubs/
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