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  •  Say what you will about Occupy (3+ / 0-)
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    but one thing it did is engage in true direct action, like the labor strikers of yor. It defied the state, creating liberated spaces in parks that lasted for months, with far more than "one round of billy clubs" to drive us out. We basically created our own "government" in a manner of speaking, or rather, our own self-managed community free of state control.

    We held out longer than most who weren't there seem to appreciate, sleeping in the rain and cold, awakening to police batons over and over again.

    You really don't know what you're talking about.

    I hope this march for democracy becomes a true direct action event, rallying enough participation to create a liberated space, thus transcending the goal of appeal to the government, to become a direct challenge to the hegemony of the owning class.

    "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

    by ZhenRen on Fri May 16, 2014 at 12:58:06 AM PDT

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    •  Meh (0+ / 0-)

      I was there at Z Park in the beginning.  It was cool.  But it needed to be more creative than just hanging around in a park banging drums. There needed to be more direct civil disobedience, sit-ins, occupations of corporate offices, etc.  It was incredibly disappointing the way it died completely after the police state decided to tamp it down.  Say what you want about the hippies.  At least they kept on protesting even after people got killed.

      They tell me I'm pretty amusing from time to time working with 140 characters or less.

      by CharlieHipHop on Fri May 16, 2014 at 03:27:55 PM PDT

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      •  Well, I was a part of the hippie movement (0+ / 0-)

        as well as the Occupy movement, and frankly the Occupiers seemed as much like hippies as the older generation.

        Occupiers were mostly quite young, and this was a good beginning of activism for many of them. Much was accomplished in the way of training, learning horizontal decision making, dealing with riot cops, and most importantly getting the 1% meme spread globally as a household phrase. I could go on at length, but I'll spare you. No doubt I have different values and ideas about what was accomplished, and the kind of seeds that were planted in fertile soil, and we aren't going to convince each other.

        "The political arena leaves one no alternative, one must either be a dunce or a rogue." Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays

        by ZhenRen on Sat May 17, 2014 at 01:48:27 AM PDT

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