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Occupy is going back to camping in the summer. Where you ask?

Beginning this May, there will be a resurgence of Occupy. We will occupy the headquarters of the largest Corporations in the world. Then encampments will appear each consecutive week in every major sphere of human activity from the conversion of natural resources to the manipulation of high finance. The 99% will call attention to the supreme concentration of power over the productive resources of our economy. We see nothing good in an economy controlled hierarchically by corporate managers, or by politicians, for predetermined ends. Instead, we want the economy run by the 99% through direct democratic processes free from domination and exploitation. Occupy the Economy!
Yes, instead of establishing base camps for distribution of education Occupy will go in the road as an awareness raising effort as well as an effective halt to corporate business as usual. Bringing attention to the plight of millions was not enough. We have to also bring attention to the great imbalance that has been foisted upon us by uncaring faceless corporations.

At a time when our society will be feeling the stresses of social dysfunction most acutely. When students graduate and find they will have to work minimum wage part time to feed the student loan monster. These will be great ways to peacefully and creatively express our dismay and educate the public about how we are being lead down a path that is destroying our atmosphere through industrial negligence.

The Solution: Industrial Democracy

The 99% sees nothing good in an economy that is controlled by corporate managers or by politicians. Instead we want industrial democracy – industry run by its workers through direct democratic processes free from hierarchy. The greatest problem facing humankind is not the much-discussed question of production and distribution. It is the problem of power. It never has been and it never will be safe to let a few control the affairs of the many.

The big question for today and tomorrow is this: How is industry to be controlled? Who is to own industry? Who is to say whether industry is to run or stand idle? Who is to decide what is to be produced and where that product is to go? Who is to decide what services are provided and to whom? Who should control industry?

1. Should modern industry be controlled by a handful of business managers?
2. Should politicians administer it?
3. Or should those who do the work run it?

It must be one of the three. The corporate managers through their banks, their control over directorships, and their enormous influence over the public debate through the media they own and the government they control, seek to ensure their complete control over the economic life of the world.

However, we can run industry and thereby solve the problem of power, for all the power that runs this world comes from our own efforts.

Call To Action!

OCCUPY THE ECONOMY would like the 99% to participate in General Assemblies discussing concrete tactics of forming an industrial democracy in the U.S., which would then spread to the whole world. Here are two possible ways to do this that can be discussed right away at General Assemblies.


If all the workers in each of the four major corporations in all sectors of industry on the tour join in One Big Union, we can begin to solve the major problems of recession, climate change, social alienation, and working life right now. We would have a significant portion of the economy, from raw materials to public service and finance, under direct democratic control. It is simply up to you to act. Will we form the seed of the new society in the shell of the old? Or will we continue to watch the entire political and economic edifice collapse? It is up to the 99% to take control of its destiny.

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Working together we have more than enough votes to create the society that will carry us beyond the 23rd century. But it requires everyone setting aside the partisan bickering and focusing doing what is best for the many instead of the one.

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  •  Horace - you might want to reference the calendar (13+ / 0-)

    If you click through twice you reach a calendar and the locations where the protests will take place.

    It will be interesting to see how these big corporations deal with OWS. My guess is that they will be less accommodating than city mayors and police departments. These corporate headquarters are all private property. How will the OWS protestors even enter the property or office buildings?

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:47:58 AM PST

  •  Preamble to IWW Constitution (7+ / 0-)
    The working class and the employing class have nothing in common. There can be no peace so long as hunger and want are found among millions of the working people and the few, who make up the employing class, have all the good things of life.

    Between these two classes a struggle must go on until the workers of the world organize as a class, take possession of the means of production, abolish the wage system, and live in harmony with the Earth.

    We find that the centering of the management of industries into fewer and fewer hands makes the trade unions unable to cope with the ever growing power of the employing class. The trade unions foster a state of affairs which allows one set of workers to be pitted against another set of workers in the same industry, thereby helping defeat one another in wage wars. Moreover, the trade unions aid the employing class to mislead the workers into the belief that the working class have interests in common with their employers.

    These conditions can be changed and the interest of the working class upheld only by an organization formed in such a way that all its members in any one industry, or in all industries if necessary, cease work whenever a strike or lockout is on in any department thereof, thus making an injury to one an injury to all.

    Instead of the conservative motto, "A fair day's wage for a fair day's work," we must inscribe on our banner the revolutionary watchword, "Abolition of the wage system."

    It is the historic mission of the working class to do away with capitalism. The army of production must be organized, not only for everyday struggle with capitalists, but also to carry on production when capitalism shall have been overthrown. By organizing industrially we are forming the structure of the new society within the shell of the old.

    TO JOIN:

    Come join the grand industrial band.

    WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Jan: USW Local Mourns Fallen Brother

    by JayRaye on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:53:37 AM PST

  •  I already suggested this strategy last April (7+ / 0-)

    The "occupy the park" tactic was useful in the beginning, to bring attention to the movement, give it a base to grow in, and allow it to build power. Now, though, the next task is to take that power and direct it against our enemies---and our enemies are not in the park. It is time we move out of the parks and into the streets and buildings.

    We need to learn some lessons from the strategy of the insurgent. Insurgents don't "take and hold" territory. As all the big Occupy branches learned the hard way, that only makes it easy for the enemy to surround you, cut you off, and crush you. Instead, insurgents "take, hold a little while, then move somewhere else". If, instead of trying to defend Freedom Park, the whole encampment had just picked up and moved to another base in another park, and then again, and again, and again, the cops would have faced the impossible task of either sealing off every park in the city, or chasing the occupiers ineffectually all over the place forever. Instead, Occupy tried to stand toe-to-toe with the cops in a fixed battle. The result was preordained. Fixed fights are always fatal to insurgents. We had no chance at all of winning that fight.

    By futilely defending the park instead of retreating to another base of operations to carry on the fight against the 1%, the Occupy movement also made a serious political mistake. So long as we were seen as the victims, as simple peaceful nonviolent protesters who were being attacked by the cops, the Occupy movement won public sympathy and support--but as soon as we began to be seen (rightly or wrongly) as provoking confrontations with the cops, we lost that public support, quickly. By turning the Occupy movement into a mere duel with the cops, we placed the "occupy" part ahead of the "wall street" part, turned the fight away from a battle for economic justice and into a battle with the cops over who could stay in a park, thereby losing sight of our real goals and losing our support. A fight of the 99% against the corporate 1% is a fight that will win public support and sympathy--a fight with the cops over whether we can sleep in a park, is not.

    So, as a matter of practicality as well as of strategy and tactics, we must expand out of the parks---and into the buildings where our corporate enemy is. Rather than being the total sum of the Occupy movement, the park occupations must be turned into mere base camps, mobile and flexible, where we can meet wherever is most convenient to plan actions in the surrounding community, aimed directly at the 1% and their minions wherever they are--in the banks, the corporate buildings, wherever they happen to be.

  •  Are we talking about investment strategy? (7+ / 0-)

    While organizing workers is absolutely needed,  organizing owners is likely to be more effective, and by owners I mean voting shareholders. Most people who have IRA's never bother with voting as shareholders, even though they are owners of the companies they invest in

    Unless I'm misunderstanding the idea of the Industrialized Democracy? Can you explain this idea in a bit more depth, of what steps would happen between where we are now, and what an Industrialized Democracy would look like, instead of Capitalism? Are we talking mega Co-Ops for big industry? Breaking up big businesses?

    I'm sorry, got a head-full of a bad cold plus the dregs of Nyquil, and I'm very confused.

    Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. ~ Yoda Political Compass: -8.50, -6.46

    by Cinnamon on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:05:04 AM PST

  •  T&R'd (6+ / 0-)

    for general solidarity with going after the 1% and the system that protects it.

    I have reservations vis-a-vis anarchism at this time for the following reasons:

    1) Has a bad rap that will take long, long-term remediation.
    2) The concept of not organizing hierarchically for any significant project or function is very, very foreign to most people. Pretty much anything that gets done, even nonprofits, the first thing people do is set-up a hierarchical organization to take care of it. Re-educating the broad populace to think otherwise, much less function well otherwise, is a long-term project. Not saying that it shouldn't be undertaken, just saying it's not likely to be widely adopted in time to deal with Climate Change.
    3) Has not yet been proven to work on a large scale on  highly complex issues involving extensive planning and logistics. Nothing that would approach running large cities, states or the U.S. government.
    4) It's going to a couple of generations or more before the practices and participants have evolved to the point where it can take on #2.
    5) Right or wrong, most people don't perceive that they have the time in their lives to make decisions in this manner. They come, they look, they shake their heasds and leave. If you counted the number of people who visited Occupy vs. those who were there at the end, the 99% were the ones who found it incompatible with their lives. Again, right or wrong. The decisions wind up being made by those who are the most committed, the most patient and/or those with the most time. Maybe that's what people want, but it can hardly be called participatory if most people aren't participating.

    That being said, I'm in for whatever we can accomplish. I'm not going to take my ball and go home, though, unfortunately, I think most of the people who would otherwise participate will.

    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 Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:47:15 AM PST

    •  Seconding what you wrote, (6+ / 0-)

      which is spot on:

      I used to be an officer / member of non-hierarchical org, and it's just plain excruciating.  Because every decision is hashed out, there's endless discussion about discussion, filibustering, etc. etc., with the upshot that the process flat out sucks.  And the result of that is that only the die-hards participate; paradoxically, then, it suppresses participation and reproduces the very hierarchy that it intended to supplant.

      So I'm of the view that non-hierarchical organization simply doesn't scale, and really can't function for longer than it takes the lightning to get back out of the bottle.  And I think you could see that same dynamic in Occupy if you read the minutes or attended the minutes: the structure rewards persistence and holdouts (as you very accurately write: "The decisions wind up being made by those who are the most committed"), which ultimately kills participation.  

      •  Yes, OWS participants ... (2+ / 0-)
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        are learning the hard way why our present systems exist.  They will spend decades banging their heads against the walls, only to wind up with nothing any better than what we have today.  While the idealism is admirable, reality is reality.

        "Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the universe." -- Albert Einstein

        by Neuroptimalian on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 01:14:30 PM PST

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        •  in decades, we won't have what we have today (1+ / 0-)
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          nothing like it.

          The "reality" you talk about is about to be hammered by climate change. Few civilizations even survive significant climate change. So really, almost any non-violent attempt to change course is amenable to me.

          And doubling down or exceeding the direction we're already going or the speed at which we're hurtling toward the cliff doesn't count as "changing course."

          Your attitude would have been understandable from a moderate Republican--say a Rockefeller Republican--in the 50's or 60's. Right now, with what's already happening all around us, it looks like seriously insular bubble thinking.

          if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:48:02 PM PST

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    •  yep & not sure that they understand what (4+ / 0-)

      the IWW is.

      The IWW is a union of dues paying members. Holds elections, & has officers, it is not run in the anarchist style. Specifically states that it neither supports nor opposes anarchism, or any other isms for that matter, and that is because it is a union, organized along industrial lines at the point of production seeking economic justice for the working class.

      But I've always thot that there is much common ground between Occupy and the IWW.

      WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Jan: USW Local Mourns Fallen Brother

      by JayRaye on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:17:56 AM PST

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      •  Was started, for the most part, by the (2+ / 0-)
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        Socialist members of the Western Federation of Miners.

        Big Bill Haywood was a member of the executive board of both the WFM and the SPA in 1905.

        June 27, 1905, Chicago:

        MR. HAYWOOD: Fellow Workers: In calling this convention to order I do so with a sense of the responsibility that rests upon me and rests upon every delegate that is here assembled. This is the Continental Congress of the working class. We are here to confederate the workers of this country into a working class movement that shall have for its purpose the emancipation of the working class from the slave bondage of capitalism.
        Entire minutes of founding convention:

        WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Jan: USW Local Mourns Fallen Brother

        by JayRaye on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 10:42:16 AM PST

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      •  the Lehigh Valley IWW branch, back in the 90's (3+ / 0-)
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        always ran our meetings on consensus, very similar to what Occupy ended up doing later. But we were a small group who basically all had the same ideas, so it was not hard for us to reach consensus. In areas such as strikes or actions where it wasn't possible to run by committee, we pre-authorized individual organizers to go ahead and do whatever needed to be done, and we'd back them up. We could do that because we knew all of us would essentially do the same things, and we all trusted each other to make the right on-the-spot decisions.

        Occupy had none of that. It contained a wide variety of people from every imaginable viewpoint, nearly all of whom had never organized anything before and had no idea what they were doing. That's why Occupy consisted mostly of talking. And more talking. And yet more talking.

        •  yes, my Minneapolis IWW also ran on (1+ / 0-)
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          consensus. Likewise a small group.

          But in the history of the huge IWW strikes, numbering thousands of people, that wouldn't work. And, anyway, endless discussion do not work when you're in the thick of the fight.

          WE NEVER FORGET Our Labor Martyrs: a project to honor the men, women and children who lost their lives in Freedom's Cause. For Jan: USW Local Mourns Fallen Brother

          by JayRaye on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:54:32 PM PST

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        •  there's more value in that than you (1+ / 0-)
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          perhaps have considered. No doubt it could have been much more. Still, Occupy was, hands down, the most successful protest I've ever seen or been part of since I was a teenager and became politically active (80s).

          As a movement, rather than a protest, it could have been much much more than it was, but nevertheless accomplished some things that I am very glad were accomplished.  Americans talking to each other in a public space not mediated by the media about their economic problems? Unheard of, before Occupy (at least anywhere I've ever lived). Communities being formed of a bunch of strangers? Again, nearly unheard of.  A Presidential campaign altering its rhetoric because of a protest? Also unheard of.  And, last but not least, don't forget this:

          if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

          by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:53:01 PM PST

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  •  This is great but I'd still like to see a big (5+ / 0-)

    Occupy March on Washington and Wall Street this Spring and Summer. The benefit of the huge gatherings is that more people in the general public hear about it, no matter how much the media tries to marginalize it.

    And the more people that know that Occupy is up and running, the more people will join. Acts of very high visibility are crucial to the growth of the movement. And we need as many active people as possible to overcome the police and political repression tactics.  

    If "elitist" just means "not the dumbest motherfucker in the room", I'll be an elitist! - David Rees from "Get Your War On".

    by Oaktown Girl on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:37:14 AM PST

    •  the problem is that, to the extent occupy (0+ / 0-)

      has a point now, its about appropriating public space for private purposes and vandalism.  It's fallen into a script, and merely reiterating prior actions won't change that.  stuff like rolling jubilee, as silly as I think it is, is creative and breaks out of that script, which is the better way ahead.  Occupy could do more marches, throw more buckets of feces at banks, etc, but that won't have any positive effect.

    •  I think you're right. Don't give up b/c of (2+ / 0-)
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      naysayers. Protests and marches are only part of any strategy; doesn't mean they shouldn't be done.

      if necessary for years; if necessary, alone

      by SouthernLiberalinMD on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:54:30 PM PST

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