Thursday, October 6, 2011

Occupy, don't preoccupy

Mike Ely at Kasama has, in a recent article here, proposed the following approach by communists for events like OWS; I can think of a few other events and milieus generally today where these very well summed up points would also be useful:

1) Develop a visible and creative pole of revolutionary discussion — we need arguments based on the overall direction and purpose of this movement (not on petty correctives).

2) Identify and unite the advanced (using a mass line method )– a creative task that has not yet been accomplished.

3) Rely on the advanced (mobilize them, help them articulate a common approach) to influence and win over the intermediate.

4) Work to isolate the backward. In this case, the backward are those determined to turn this movement into a liberal version of the Tea Party, and perp -walk everyone into the 2012 elections as loyal subjects.

 Another point I am also trying to keep in mind as these OWS manifestations develop, and which Mike states very well:

I hear a lot of complaints: that some people are  too trusting of police, or  focused on the Federal Reserve… or have goofy consensus rules and hand gestures… or what ever.  You could spend the rest of your friggin life micro-critiquing them in small circles in the encampment. But that ain't politics — and it won't bring the change we need.

"Fire your ideas, hire mine"? That will not unite a core and defeat what is coming.

Many of our revolutionary activists in this movement are  far too focused on the existing naivete among the other occupies. That is YOUR OWN naivete — and you should transform it. Quickly. Time is running out.

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