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  •  "This is what rebellion looks like when its done (11+ / 0-)

    smarter."

    Damn straight.

    And anyone who says rebellion is for kids has simply given in and given up to darker forces.

    The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

    by Words In Action on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 06:44:59 AM PST

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    •  I don't mean to criticize occupy. (5+ / 0-)

      They have my admiration.    But an encampment was kind of doomed from the start and an easy target.   They were so vulnerable to the cops.    

      We need to find ways to make the establishment hurt without endangering people.   This is one way.   Moving money out of the banks and their credit cards is another.   We have so many smart people on this side of the divide that I can't believe we can't outsmart them.

      What we need is a Democrat in the White House.

      by dkmich on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 07:56:28 AM PST

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      •  I agree, though I do think mass protests of (3+ / 0-)
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        open-ended duration have an important place in changing government.

        We simply need a better way to organize it, one that doesn't entail people camping overnight on public land, but still does involve thousands, hundreds of thousands, even millions of people showing up every day to proclaim the message and apply pressure.

        In parallel with other forms of activism, including the direct action to which you refer, which pulls support from harmful behaviors, people and institutions and redirects it to helpful alternatives, mass, indefinite protest, IMHO, has a critical place.

        The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

        by Words In Action on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:49:59 AM PST

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      •  Here's an example of meaningful direct action (7+ / 0-)

        I discussed in another comment:

        Consider an Alternative Housing Movement

        The resources to build and maintain the larger living spaces (bigger houses, bigger condos, bigger apartments) we have adopted is a HUGE contributor to Climate Change. Especially once you throw in the costs of climate control and cleaning for those living spaces.

        There is a small but growing movement to use natural building materials (straw bale, cob, rammed/bagged/poured earth, cordwood, etc.), reclaimed materials (e.g., shipping containers, tires, plastic, etc.) and more efficient structures (small homes / micro-housing, yurts, domes, round homes, quonset huts, etc.). The major hurdles to expanding this movement are 1) zoning regulations, which make it damn near impossible to subdivide land adequately to drive down land costs so that something less than a McMansion can turn a profit and 2) building codes that accommodate alternative materials and more efficient space utilization.

        Identify people and organizations in your area who are learning to build and building with these materials and methods, creating and implementing designs to dispel concerns with aesthetics, educating and working with city planners and building departments, educating and working with communities to overcome concerns with these unfamiliar alternatives.

        This movement contributes to sustainability and the battle against Climate Change in two ways: reducing the energy cost of building and maintaining housing, reusing existing materials with embodied energy costs, and reducing the energy needed to control climates in our homes.  Add passive solar design, renewal energy sources and other permaculture practices, and we are radically shifting individuals and families to a more sustainable culture.

        The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

        by Words In Action on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 08:53:15 AM PST

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        •  And another thing - (6+ / 0-)
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          moving to smaller spaces means putting a lot of stuff into recycling/reusing circulation, which can't be bad socioeconomically.

          And it means limiting consumption going forward.

          The Class, Terror and Climate Wars are indivisible and the short-term outcome will affect the planet for centuries. -WiA "When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill..." - PhilJD

          by Words In Action on Tue Jan 08, 2013 at 09:09:30 AM PST

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