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  •  The reason we fail (3+ / 0-)
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    joanneleon, joe shikspack, aliasalias

    is because we've been convinced by party elites to put all of our efforts into the electoral process, which distracts us from what worked before: Massive protest and direct action.

    Back in the first decades of the 20th century, it was the spontaneous uprisings, with strikes and sit-ins, that got us the 40 hour week and other changes.

    And it was when labor movements were taken over by top down leadership that workers' energy was channeled into the organizational electoral processes of electing union leaders, after which the movement's accomplishments and efforts were weakened. The leaders took over and made decisions, and they tended to avoid direct action if they could resort, instead, to negotiations between the leadership of both sides of labor disputes.

    Even the Marxists adopted this this top down leadership style in the labor movement, and they still, to this day, speak in subtle authoritarian tones about "how to properly proceed" as if we need permission to engage in a people's directed movement.

    The national electoral process accomplished much of the same: We fight for poor choices in leadership, terrible policy decisions, and the lesser of two wrongs, rather than for real change. Meanwhile, one sees a constant negation of OWS from these same adherents to party organization and electoral politics.

    You want to talk about dates? Meet me at the next protest rally. That's where you will find me.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act". -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Tue Sep 18, 2012 at 10:29:42 AM PDT

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