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  •  So, if you want an example of direct action (1+ / 0-)
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    that worked, and that we could recreate if we wanted to, then you should look at shut down of San Francisco when the war in Iraq started. That was about 40k people and we managed to shut the city down completely for a day, and had it mostly shut down for the next day.

    Direct action is not getting arrested for publicity and doing that is not useful. The press doesn't pay attention. It's a symbolic action and calling it direct action is just wrong.

    So on the Left, we reject and abhor anything that shows any hint of cohesiveness, organization, and strategy, while at the same time going out of our way to project weakness, and victimization.
    Equating loose organization and victimhood is just wrong. In our action shutting down the city we were not cohesively organized and we were incredibly powerful. What you're talking about is a revival of the authoritarian left, a top down model that has failed again and again.

    If debt were a moral issue then, lacking morals, corporations could never be in debt.

    by AoT on Wed May 22, 2013 at 03:22:50 PM PDT

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