Counter-insurgency shows its ass in Chicago
[Update II: The new liveblog has begun: Live Blog for #OWS: The Struggle Over Park Space in America]
[Update: Another Chicago video, posted after the fold.]
(Cross-posted at My FireDogLake.)
Liveblog from yesterday continues, will post new one as it appears: Live Blog for #OWS: Day 36, Pete Seeger & Occupiers March to Columbus Circle
It is with felicitous irony that the #Occupy movement adopted an inappropriate metaphor.
For it is the People of the world who have been under occupation by an unwelcome foreign force that has used unconscionable brutality to deny them the right to properly care for each other in their own sovereign Country, the planet Earth.
This brutality has been well-masked for the most part, and police actions are only the naked face of it. Once we had an oppressive occupation from these greedy power-mongers who would invade our Land in order to commandeer our resources and control our society, using the sophisticated techniques well-learned during the bloody march of the 20th Century - propaganda, torture, military presence, economic imperialism and reflection-less Exceptionalism. So now, in the face of our insurgency, the velvet glove begins to tatter and reveal its bitter facts.
I call it a felicitous irony, because in the vernacular of the relentless propaganda of the true occupiers (that is itself beginning to tatter and lose its own, necessary, velvet robes), "insurgency" is a bad word. It brings to the popular (propagandized) mind visions of an unruly, chaotic people mindlessly destroying the benevolent institutions of their betters. Indeed, this is precisely how the corporate media has been struggling to portray the heroes of the #Occupy movement, who are in truth insurgents in the mother of all insurgencies.
So let the movement use the propaganda of the true occupiers against them, but there is one thing that this propaganda, this mis-appellation, cannot hide.
It is that when counter-insurgents face the population, there is only one side who, when defeated, cannot rise again. When counter-insurgents prevail, they are faced with a ticking clock and must frantically restructure their oppression. It is only when the insurgents, the People, prevail that victory is assured. They only have to falter once, whereas we the People have one thousand God-given failures to return from.
Update: Video of Chicago last night: