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Dont' we all come up with questions and topics we would love to see addressed in a diary, a diary written by someone else?

I know I do almost every day. Every dairy I read seems to produce a few more. What to do with them all? While I have a lot of terrific opinions, I am, in fact, an expert of very little, truth be known. And, while I don't mind research or writing, I rarely think I'm the best person to cover a certain issue. I'm not entirely lazy, but I don't want to write them all, to which my diary production record attests.

I'm sure I'm not alone.

Even our most gifted writers must encounter this experience from time to time.

Hence, this diary.

This, then, is a diary for revealing questions and topics we'd love to see addressed in diaries written by someone else.

In fact, we may even have a specific someone else in mind.

Whether we use the diary to gently nudge the community in general or specific writers in particular, consider this an opportunity to throw the speghetti up on the wall, admire the view and see who, if anyone, wants to clean it up.

I don't want to hog the pasta fork, so I will only list a few of my dream diaries. I want to leave plenty of room for yours.

1) Please, how do we build a bridge between Occupy supports and participants who genuinely like anarchism and those who don't? - Armando, Cassiodorus, Joanneleon, Betty Pinson, Meteor Blades

2) It seems to me that the Left is a little lacking on a concrete plan for what we should put in place after the walls come down, or how we make sure we aren't simply taken over by a new set of slave masters. Can someone get cracking on this? Hmmmm?
I'd rather not end up subject to North Korea or an Idaho militia or the Koch brothers, again.

(I really don't feel comfortable singling someone, or even a small group, out for this burden. Besides, we know who they are; just make sure they don't forget Gooserock. ;^)

3) What the hell can beautiful cities next to mountains do about ugly, unhealthy inversions, short of eliminating all cars and smokestacks? I'm thinking of a breathtaking engineering masterpiece, like the Netherlands's Oosterscheldekering (Delta Works); maybe huge fans that blow the particulate matter into great filters and treatment plants that converts it all into something useful, or at least interesting to look at. - DarkSyde, FishOutofWater, Meteor Blades, ???

4) The script for a new, topically relevant (to OWS) episode of the Spanish Inquisition, please. -Eric Idle & Tom Tommorrow (Dan Perkins)

5)  A film proposal/treatment for a campy rock opera, a Kurbrickian mix between Tommy and Rocky Horror, featuring OWS.
- Andy Borowitz, Randy Newman, Lou Reed and Tim Burton? Must include a casting request for MoT.

6) A compilation of all the greatest charts and infographics documenting the Class War and its vast destructivenes (and thrown in one that measures the stupidity of those who fail to recognize them), so I can send it to my Republican relatives for Christmas.
- bobswern, ghjohnsit, Hunter, TomP, foreword by OPOL, sidebar by MoT, cameo rant by LaFeminista, Wrap-up by Meteor Blades

7) A finished piece of legislation to put the Koch Brothers in jail for life. Pretty sure Seneca Doane should be in on this.

8) Anything by Naomi Klein.

Ooops, I almost did go on forever.

I know, I put a lot on Meteor Blades's shoulders. But he asked for it, being so damned smart and prolific and all. Who else is going to take care of this backlog? And there's a lot more where these came from!


What's on your wishlist?

Originally posted to Words In Action on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 10:35 AM PST.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement.


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  •  I could come up with a lot of work for (2+ / 0-)
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    JekyllnHyde, Gooserock

    people around here.


  •  A Post-Free-Press Diary, Series or Group. (2+ / 0-)
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    Words In Action, ocular sinister

    We have post-capitalists among us, we have some who believe the Constitution is flawed enough to need major amendment or replacement by another system. But I can hardly find anyone --other than authoritarians-- who thinks there are fundamental problems with our communication freedoms. I'm one who does.

    I've been taking the position that the free press concept has always served the country very poorly, at least outside the New Deal era when the new broadcast media were heavily regulated and had public service requirements imposed on them.

    I believe that in our time press freedom is ultimately the greatest threat to humanity, because it puts the modern public square almost entirely in corporate hands (especially in our country) and prohibits society from checking, balancing or civilizing knowledge of current events, and civic discourse. Press freedom keeps the people from knowing and discussing their world to the mainstream, good as it is at protecting discourse in very tiny like-minded groups.

    That's where my ideas run off the end of the tracks.

    It's my feeling that this is a type of civilization that has never been explored at least in modern times.

    I would wipe the page clean and begin discussing what kind of information and communication services and limitations are needed for a society to be meaningfully democratic and a society that can threaten the integrity of other nations, the global economy and habitability.

    I've said I think it calls for a revolution of governance more profound than the rest of the Constitution was in its time.

    But I don't know, and I'm not a diarist for several reasons and I can't go beyond shouting out my warnings.

    I think this is a topic all civilization needs to explore, but urgently here for the US.

    Thanks for thinking of this topic and diarying it.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 10:52:18 AM PST

    •  asdf (1+ / 0-)
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      ocular sinister
      Thanks for thinking of this topic and diarying it.

      That's the spirit!

      And a fantastic diary idea, to boot!

    •  Here I am. (1+ / 0-)
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      Words In Action
      But I can hardly find anyone --other than authoritarians-- who thinks there are fundamental problems with our communication freedoms. I'm one who does.

      Studying for my BA in Communication Studies (one emphasis: media) I learned about the 1996 Telecommunications Act (replaced the 1934 Act that had no problem, IMO) which removed barriers to consolidation of media ownership and enabled Murdoch and faux nooz.
      I believe that in our time press freedom is ultimately the greatest threat to humanity, because it puts the modern public square almost entirely in corporate hands (especially in our country) and prohibits society from checking, balancing or civilizing knowledge of current events, and civic discourse.

      Yep, and it's tied in with education, but blogging is the one way around this that we currently have.

      "If you want to make peace, you don't talk to your friends. You talk to your enemies." - Moshe Dayan (on my tea bag). I'm not your enemy, but you may still talk to me. everyone shold know ALEC

      by ocular sinister on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 03:38:00 PM PST

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  •  Don't discount yourself! (2+ / 0-)
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    The best person to write on a given topic is not always the expert on the topic itself, but is often the person who cares enough about the subject to turn off the TV and sit down to put pen to paper (or fingers to the keyboards as the case may be).

    Because that is so, YOU may be the best person to write about any of those topics you have listed.

    Having said all that, I promise to take a crack at #2 above.  I'm not sure when I will have something ready, so for now all I will say is "stay tuned".  However, my promise should not be taken by anyone as a signal that I own that topic or others should not write about it.  Indeed, the more voices on this subject, the better.

    "The fool doth think he is wise: the wise man knows himself to be a fool" - W. Shakespeare

    by Hugh Jim Bissell on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 10:55:54 AM PST

  •  Anarchists & Non-Anarchists (1+ / 0-)
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    In my dream of dreams I'd have the free time to write diary #1, but short of that I can offer a bit of an outline.

    In short, progressives need to learn that it's in their own best interests to support anarchist groups and structures.

    - The agitation and organizing work done by the anti-capitalist left is responsible for some of the cornerstone liberal/progressive institutions, including anti-trust laws, Social Security, the Wagner Act, Medicare/Medicaid, etc. Without a large, robust, and confident far left, progressives can never seize the middle of the political spectrum to achieve their ideal policy goals.

    - Just as authoritarian & undemocratic structures innately tend to encourage conservatism/apathy, liberatory & democratic structures tend to encourage progressive/activist ways of thinking. The mere existence of the panoply of GAs at occupations has, I'd wager, moved more people to the left than a million Robert Reich books. If we want a lasting progressive majority, we need to foster the growth of small-d democratic organizations, from neighborhood assemblies to worker cooperatives to rank-and-file unionism to schools like Sudbury Valley.

    - Regardless of one's position on the role of elected officials, in order for them to be held accountable there must be a strong movement that resides outside of electoral politics. The Suffrage movement, all waves of the Feminist movement, the Civil Rights movement, the Labor movement (originally), the LGBT rights movement, etc.

    Join the fight for student power on campus:

    by Liberaltarian on Wed Dec 14, 2011 at 05:01:30 PM PST

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