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  •  Maybe a sort of modified civil disobedience... (2+ / 0-)
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    Puddytat, a2nite

    ... is in order.

    I mean, if these laws are unjust and they, in essence, make it mandatory to hurt people, why follow these rules? The Republicans have no respect for the law and civil rights; so why should we comply when they remake a law to undo civil rights?

    The main reason we fear defying these goons is because we fear for our employability and our criminal records. The fear of being fired for violating a company policy that makes it mandatory to put bean counting over compassion and service, or the prospect of getting a criminal record because LE frames your peaceful protest as "disruption" or even "terrorism", is highly effective at securing our compliance with unjust laws. Not to mention, the removal of the financial wherewithal for us to afford such resistance tactics.

    Well, maybe that's what's really holding us back; this fear.  But we have to take the right action to beat it. The forces arrayed against us are strong, using our very livelihoods and social support networks as our cages. We cannot go into this lightly, or without a lot of planning.

    If we can beat it-- if we can band together and form a support system that keeps us sustained whatever consequences they rain down on our heads, we can show others that we really cannot be kept down, that their threats, in the end, cannot deter us. That their consequences can no longer ruin our lives.  

    Occupy Wall Street proved itself quite capable of sustaining a functional community, before fearful-for-their-jobs-and-images law enforcement personnel struck back.  You have to remember that repressing OWS was their JOB. If they defied that and did the charitable thing for us, they'd be fired. Same thing with a lot of relationships, more of which are contingent on adherence to a set of values and beliefs that we think.

    We have to ask ourselves why so many of our JOBS require we be assholes, authoritarians, or greedheads. And whether we're putting up with too much to fit in with our corporate cultures and social circles.

    And re-write these rules and cultures. So that the values that matter are the ones that put people first, and not some ideology. And if that means large-scale quiet guerilla warfare, to just do what we need to do despite Snyder and Walker and friends, than so be it. Just make sure we create our own safety net before we do.

    Real Democrats don't abandon the middle class. --John Kerry

    by Lucy Montrose on Sat Jan 12, 2013 at 12:36:38 PM PST

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