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Forum Post: An alternate direction

Posted 2 years ago on June 14, 2012, 11:53 a.m. EST by Digital (2) from Woodlawn, MD
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A lot has been discussed about the direction of OWS and legislative action. I for one don't see what the harm would be in creating a specific party just to push legislation with broad goals--say a Jobs in America and Economic reform Party. That party could concentrate on specifically promoting legislation running candidates that

1) Sends the flow of money from the federal banking system back to the people

2) Treats companies that create American jobs different from companies that don't in the tax code

3) Pushes legislation to secure personal freedoms

and so on.

such a party would be intended to reform capitalism, it would not be anarchist, however it and other parties could work cooperatively on common goals with groups like OWS. This would engage more people in the public, bolster the number of people taking part in demonstrations. Such a strategy would not be a zero sum game.

OWS was formed by anarchists, I get that, and OWS has achieved a lot and has a very unique and successfull strategy. Rather than creating fractions within OWS such a stragetgy would allow people to choose what they want to do, or pursue multiple goals since their is a lot of common ground between groups with different political philosphies, thanks to the amount of corruption in the government.



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[-] 2 points by francismjenkins (3713) 2 years ago

At this point we can and should keep protesting (and stay on track with the original message) e.g. there's a protest of banks & money in politics planned for this evening in NYC, but we also want to inform people regarding alternative ways to do banking (and alternative economics in general). For example, credit unions are a great alternative. As a member (and depositor) you get to vote for the board of directors (in other words, depositors are considered "owners"). Moreover, as a general rule, credit unions do not sell mortgages in the secondary market (although I imagine this isn't always true, so it's worth doing a little homework before deciding where to keep your money).

This hurts the big banks "a little bit" ... but I think there's more we could do. Companies like JP Morgan aren't very dependent on small depositors or small borrowers. They can just buy these loans in the secondary market (even if they don't originate any loans themselves). Even if that secondary market started to shrivel up, their big cash cow is the work they do with corporate clients.

So I would humbly suggest, in addition to everything we're already doing, we may want to identify which corporations work with big banks, and avoid doing business with those corporations (to the extent possible).

[-] 1 points by francismjenkins (3713) 2 years ago

I heard KFC is having money problems ... so thanks, we might need that secret recipe :)

[-] 2 points by Julian (57) from St Lucia, QLD 2 years ago

I would say just vote for the pirate parties.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 2 years ago

What is "the pirate parties"?

[-] 1 points by LeoYo (5843) 2 years ago

There are already threads addressing this issue. No matter what OWS as a whole does, there are individuals here committed to using both the electorial and non-electorial process to facilitate change. See http://occupywallst.org/forum/third-party-redux/ and http://occupywallst.org/forum/the-cooperative-party/.