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Darwin Hawke
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Artist, introvert (INFJ), misanthrope, martini drinker, loves women, prefers men, cultural/societal/political gadfly, lover of city life with its diversity, culture, and dynamism. I never did like taking up a lot of space. Does that make me less American?
Artist, introvert (INFJ), misanthrope, martini drinker, loves women, prefers men, cultural/societal/political gadfly, lover of city life with its diversity, culture, and dynamism. I never did like taking up a lot of space. Does that make me less American?

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THE RACIST BACKWOODS LYING HYPOCRITICAL CHRISTIAN CHILD FUCKER LOST! πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ˜‚βœŠπŸ½
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It’s better to be injected than to be smoked and tossed afterward. Being swallowed may be even better. ::sideways grin::
things to ponder
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Erm.....those better be free range too, free trade, AND hand formed by the poor people in a village from my third world country of birth or I’m taking my bit coins elsewhere. 🀨
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🏺That red vase is telling you to vote for a grown man who likes to fuck underaged girls after trolling them in a mall.
It's because
you hate Red Vaseians
you're rebellious and selfish
you were once hurt and you blame The Red Vase
that you can't see the Red Vase.
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Fucking embarrassment of a liberal shit fest clusterfuck. Fucking young first world parents bringing their kids for face painting too. It was supposed to be a FUCKING PROTEST!

See, this is precisely why I cannot stand so many of my fucking fellow liberals. They’re just as stupid and shit headed as typical red state conservatives. But the expensive vegan food coop version. πŸ™„ SLACKTIVISM. Anyone here don’t like this comment of mine? Blow me. πŸ–•πŸ½πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

via +Marcus H.
Where the Occupy Wall Street movement went wrong

and

What we can do to avoid making the same mistakes next time

The Occupy Wall Street movement was a brief and failed attempt by the American people to wrest a bit of democracy back into the American political system: It was a movement whose goal was to point out, and begin to correct, the utterly disproportionate amount of power the wealthy and corporations wield in the US (and around the world).

With each passing year, the problems that motivated the Occupy protestors become more and more severe. And their message becomes more and more relevant, urgent and global.

And yet the Occupy movement is most often cited, not as response to the growing American plutocracy, but as as an example of a spectacular failure.

Who paints that picture of Occupy and why? What do they have to gain by convincing the world's people that protests such as Occupy are pointless and doomed to fail? (The answer to this question is, as the answer is to so many questions: Follow the money.)

And perhaps more importantly, What lessons can we, the world's people, learn from Occupy and its "failure" in the US?

The fate of Occupy must serve as a lesson to us in the likely response to any peaceful revolt from the Left. It's an extremely important lesson.

What did Occupy do wrong?

(1) Was it violent? No. It was extremely peaceful, and there is reason to believe the few incidents of violence that did occur may have been initiated by "plants" who weren't actually part of the movement. (One has to wonder about the same in the case of other protests, such as Ferguson, MO: Mow much of the violence, looting, etc., was committed by actual protestors and how much was committed by people from the opposite perspective who infiltrated the protests in order to make them look bad?) It is worthy of note that Occupy remained nonviolent even in the face of violent responses from the police (recall, for example, what happened at UC Davis; this was only one [particularly well-publicized] example of many).

(2) Was it, as accused, "disorganized", "pointless" or "without a message"? No. The Occupy protestors had a clear message: Get money out of politics. (Plus all the sub-messages that follow from that.) However, the media, politicians, business, etc., -- that is, precisely the people Occupy was protesting -- succeeded in portraying the protestors as being disorganized, without a clear purpose, etc. If Occupy had one flaw in this family of flaws, it was that it was too unexpected: If the American people had known (a) that the protest was going to happen and (b) why, then it would have been much more difficult for the media and their puppet masters to portray the movement as disorganized and pointless. On this score, the Women's March on Washington was much more successful: People knew that it was going to happen and they knew why, and as a result it was difficult or impossible for the oligarchs to brush it off as a fluke.

What this leads me to conclude is that the organizers of Occupy simply underestimated what they were up against. They didn't plan enough in advance, they didn't know what to expect in response to their protest, and they didn't make their existence -- and the reasons for their protest -- known broadly enough in advance. They also didn't expect as strong a response form the plutocrats as they received. Ironically, this strong response was a symptom of the fact that Occupy was onto something very important, and the plutocrats knew it.

The oligarchs were (are) afraid of the Occupy movement, and they marshaled all their media, police and other resources to squash and belittle the movement.

Occupy did not fail because they were wrong, or because they were violent, or because they didn't have genuine grievances or a clear message. They failed because they didn't plan to counter the kinds -- and the scale -- of the oligarchs' resistance to their message.

The failure of Occupy was not a symptom of its irrelevance, as the oligarchs, plutocrats and out-right fascists would have you believe. It was, ironically, a symptom of its importance.

Addendum:

See the excellent points below by +Tessa Schlesinger and +Sakari Maaranen. Protests are not enough.

I'm sorry for omitting that detail from my post.

I am skeptical, however, that even striking can be effective: Striking alone can only work if we can strike long enough to hurt the oligarchs. And that, in turn, is only possible if (a) we can do so in a very coordinated and sustained fashion and (b) in a way that disproportionately hurts the rich: Most strikes will hurt common people at least as much as they hurt the wealthy. (Consider, for example, the implications of your grocery store closing for weeks on end.) For this reason, unless we're very smart in how we strike, the righ can win simply by waiting it out.
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β€œjust phukkin try to unsee it, bootches.” - πŸ¦–
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