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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

#OWS Day 61 - The "Reinvigorization"

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Live Blog for #Occupy Movement: Occupy Wall Street Raid Reinvigorates Occupations All Over America.

Tidbits and ruminations:

The parade of serendipitous blunders continues:, November 15, 2011:
Several people, including a pregnant woman, were pepper sprayed during an Occupy Seattle protest on Tuesday.
Naomi Klein (h/t TarheelDem):
Where does Occupy Wall Street — and the satellite movements in Oakland, Denver, Portland and other cities, which have also recently faced nighttime police raids — go from here?...

Occupy has an ill-advised resistance in some quarters to engaging with the voter-registration process, but that may be changing. They are terribly vulnerable now... But if they register voters in recall drives and start to field their own candidates, they will send a powerful message to cities’ leaders across the country that suppressing constitutional rights is a political death knell. The next place to Occupy? The voting booth.
Occupy Wall Street candidates?

I assume that is what she means. She is suggesting OWS become a third party.
Now that is very interesting, and if it should come about that would make my personal speculations (In A World Saturated With Tipping Points, Will A Third Party Finally Emerge?) on such a possibility gratifyingly prescient. But I think things have moved past such remedies. This is a revolution, not a campaign.

The death of cynicism? From the thread at The Occupy Education Continues, a featuring notorious but beguiling rogue's gallery of "realists":

The Raven:
And yet again Occupy has changed the public consciousness, but making visible the militarization of the police. A violent movement couldn’t have done it.

There are times when I think Occupy is magic.
Tom Hickey:
The strategy and tactics are right on target. Tremendous gains have been made in the past few weeks thanks to the blundering of the 1% and their minions. The US is now convicted before the world as a nation that not only tortures and proudly admits it but also is a country that violently suppresses its own people...

We are in this for the long haul. Keep on truckin’.
Ian Welsh:
Occupy has changed public conciousness? No. It hasn’t. It has changed the conciousness of a small part of the public, and that’s what matters. And what it is changing for them is the understanding that the elites don’t play by the rules and that asking nicely won’t work.
(OK, that doesn't sound very un-cynical, but for Ian, it's progress, trust me.)

Kropotkin's Beard:
This is bulding, the movement that is. It’s more than a political or social awakening–but a spiritual transformation... We are rediscovering our humanity, and that’s a powerful thing. The elite... won’t put out the Passion of the People. It is too great, and it will spread, sea to shining sea, like a great conflagration.

Someone like Obama or Hillary Clinton has to feel pretty small and irrevelant in the wake of our Revolution... This is our time! They are merely bystanders.

The Guardian:
It should be a warning to the entire political class. The people camped outside St Paul's may have no clear solutions. But it is they – not ruling elites in thrall to a defunct market utopia – who are engaging with reality.
The Guardian again:
But one thing overwhelming numbers of Americans do feel is... that radical change of some kind is long since overdue. They're right. It's hard to imagine a political system so systematically corrupt – one where bribery, on every level, has been made completely legal. The outrage is appropriate. The problem was, up until 17 September, the only side of the spectrum willing to propose radical solutions of any sort was the right. But Occupy Wall Street has changed that: democracy has broken out.


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