Posted 10 years ago on Nov. 22, 2011, 6:40 p.m. EST by jmperkins
from San Diego, CA
This content is user submitted and not an official statement
Insofar as we have digital tools that simply were not available even ten years ago, I have a proposal on how the occupy movement can generate 'demands' while still holding to our principles of fostering a direct, participatory and inclusive democracy.
Instead of trying to hammer out one set of demands to satisfy everyone, why don't we each write our own 'Why I Occupy' statement. In it, we can each individually list the grievances. What can make this not be an overwhelming glut of material is that we can all individually tag our personal statements: ie mine would probably mention #economic justice #end corporate personhood, #wealth redistribution #graduated income tax #negative income tax #create universal healthcare and so forth and so on. From here we could generate a tag cloud to track what it is that occupiers actually want to see change in our society.
You could even throw your weight behind another person's statement.
With a bit of programming know how, we could break down demands by community/city/school/whatever. Moreover, we could create a framework where we could split up demands between near future and far future and or by how much each item matters to us (I think long term demands are things like #move away from a debt based economy although I'm sure we could create more elegant ways to express the common ideas). I think this could possibly create a grassroots, emergent consensus as opposed to a top down one.
I think this could be a logical progression of the 'I am the 99%' meme. Would this system be more resistant to the cooption that has always plagued activism? I honestly have no idea. Granted this system would be gameable, but then so again are petitions. I welcome any thoughts or feedback on this idea (and offer my apologies if this has been suggested before).