Most of my G+ posts lately have been comments about the OWS / larger Occupy movement ( 0* hereafter). I’m going to try to collect those wispy thoughts and organize them a bit. Here are the ways I am interested in 0*.
O* as a lens through which to view society
Specifically a great way to reveal:
- the continuing sacrifice of liberty to social comfort and security theater.
- the hypocrisy and hysteria of tribal politics, the scorched-earth policies of partisan warfare. Why do we fight so hard to be pawns? We forge our own chains, and wear them with hangdog pride.
- the asymmetries of power and privilege in the American polity. Why do the tax sheeple submit to the fleecing? Why do we permitting the beating with our own stick? Why do we pay for law enforcement that sees itself above the law? Why do we tolerate coercion? Why do we tolerate institutionalized bullying?
- our shamelessness in insisting all other countries be democritized when we have ceded our own democracy to bureaucracies, law enforcement / intelligence / defense agencies, and corporations.
Watching a group build an unfrastructure
My frustrations with Law Enforcement
WHAT O* IS DOING RIGHT
decentralized, loosely coupled. An example of what some have called open source organizations.
Sticking with it. Camping in the cold/wet gains grudging respect from folks otherwise unmoved by your narrative.
Fearlessness when confronted with media mockery
Where O* is skinning their knees
Doing things that lower public acceptance, like physically obstructing entrances to businesses or protesting inside stores (walmart, in the case of OD).
Failing to point out to the media that the presence of homeless and troubled is a reflection on local services, not on O*. Point out that O* is providing services on a person-to-person level rather than govt-to-person.
O* could be a practical demonstration of renewable resource use: solar, bio-diesel, windpower. All are capable of working off-grid, reducing the level to which one can be controlled by manipulating access to the grid.
[Ok, I need to sleep now. Will flesh out more when I am rested]