Posted 1 year ago on May 17, 2012, 6:33 a.m. EST by ShubeLMorgan2
from New York, NY
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A bourgeois concept "ownership" but I can understand it anyhow. People came up with a brilliant if self evident idea - "let's bring 20,000 protesters to Wall Street and Occupy the place!"
While it didn't quite work out that way still the idea was brilliant and it shook the world. Many people- I'm sure many or even most of them anarchists- sacrificed and continue to do so for the sake of the movement called "Occupy". And so a sense of ownership would almost be "natural" in this world we live in. The fact is though that if the anarchist way doesn't deliver to the masses whose well being and even very lives ride of the success of revolution - even if they don't know it- then the anarchist way will be swept aside.
I'd suggest to anarchists to look for negative example on the left - take Workers World Party. Always setting up "mass organizations" total bureaucratic control over which they can't let go of and so they get nowhere. The masses just don't show up or if they do they soon leave.
And anyhow i have some questions about Occupy's anarchism:
Is it anarchist to have demands made on the powers that be?
Aren't they making demands in Frankfurt?
When Occupy embraced the movement for justice for Trayvon Martin were't they demanding something of the "justice system"? Wasn't that the correct thing to do? I think it was.
When Occupiers sued in the government's court to get the fences taken down from around Liberty Square was that an example of ignoring the state as illegitimate? I think it is good to use all available avenues to pursue a just demand.
Wasn't it complying with the system to file a suit against stop and frisk?
I think that was a good thing. Now a judge is not going to stop police racism and brutality but this action might bring a dollop of justice and relief and open the eyes of the world to what the NYPD's reign is over the communities of color in Bloomberg's "Luxury Product" city where tourists just love to take pictures in Times Square next to these "heroes".
And read about how the anarchists in the Civil War in Spain had to compromise their "principles" and learned to do that perhaps too late adopting "hierarchical structures" in their army in order to conduct modern warfare, joining local and national government, etc.
Now there are many Occupy supporters who are thinking a lot about the upcoming elections. It's a legitimate arena for debate, not for shutting people down. While this forum cannot and should not be enveloped with that discussion wouldn't it make sense to have a thread or post or whatever that's just about that - let the debate be vigorous and whole hearted.