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Forum Post: For those who think Occupy is a wishy washy abstract group without objectives or purpose ???

Posted 6 months ago on Oct. 15, 2013, 11:59 p.m. EST by BearDickinson (118) from Ewing, VA
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[-] 1 points by BearDickinson (118) from Ewing, VA 6 months ago

Occupy Strategy Group’s Top 10 Recommended Strategic Objectives

The Occupy Strategy Group consists of an email list of over 100 people, 6-8 of whom met in open conference calls for the past year to review input from surveys, research, emails, articles, and the Draft 2012 Occupy National Gathering Vision documents.

Over 100 proposed items were culled, then reframed into a smaller list, and also released via an unofficial survey that generated 88 responses. Intense deliberations and a strong desire to be as inclusive as possible, resulted in these recommendations – based on urgency, doability, and degree of impact:

The group aligns on the following list of objectives. We envision the objectives as the first steps on the path to a more peaceful, loving, and sustainable planet. It begins with a livable ecosystem. Climate change is our timeline.

  1. Abolish Corporate Personhood.*
  2. Nationalize health care.
  3. Establish a strong “commons” to protect the Earth and nourish community.**
  4. Enact a sustainable large scale energy, jobs, and environmental recovery program.
  5. Replace all entitlements with a Basic Income Guarantee.***
  6. Stop the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  7. Discontinue the practice of using federal reserve notes to back US currency and replace them with U.S. notes.
  8. Dismantle the CIA; end private military forces and prohibit private intelligence agencies.
  9. Stop the Patriot Act, NDAA and Drones.
  10. Institute a carbon and other natural resource use tax based on “full resource use accounting” and allocate the revenue derived from it for a Basic Income Guarantee.****

Thank you for considering our work: please join our ongoing conversation about current and future studies of strategic objectives: https://lists.mayfirst.org/mailman/listinfo/occupy-strategy August 2013

[-] 2 points by ZenDog (20395) from South Burlington, VT 5 months ago

I like some of the items on your list a lot, 1 and 2 especially. I'm not sure, at least in the U.S., that 3 is necessary, 4 needs to be reworded.

5, 6, and 7 are problematic due to information deficits.

8 is like 5 -7 but represents a very special case. One would have to examine very closely the presence of the entire network of US intel services and their implact nationwide before considering whether it is advisable to remove any one agency from that . . . network . . . of competing interests. In some cases it may be that the acts of one agency come in direct competition to another agency, and we really need to understand when and how that takes place, and whether there are any governing ideological commitments that shape either bureaucratic policy or activity.

Number 9 is interesting because the notation of NDAA suggests that what the authors really mean to end is the practice of attaching unrelated items onto spending authorizations, among other things.

And I don't even know if cap'n'trade is a good idea myself. I don't know.

But I don't think you guys really want me on your mail list. I'm an asshole. You know it's true, now don't make me prove it.

[-] 1 points by UncommonRebels (12) 5 months ago

I appreciate the goals list, but I'm afraid you left out the biggest problem: campaign finance reform.

Well, let me start at the beginning. We're going to change things one of two ways: (1) by voting and moving toward a social democracy (like Denmark) that then enjoys upward mobility, less class stratification, basic living necessities, etc. or (2) we burn it down and build something new.

Option 2 sounds appealing--we, the oppressed working class, have a right to be angry, but it's both a morally corrupt position and illogical one to believe that from the ashes of destruction a better world would rise.

If we really want American and the world to morph into an anarchist state of free will and cooperative, cohesive living, then we need an educated, informed public. We need to move toward social democracy. We certainly don't need to focus on "ending capitalism" -- the world can't even agree what capitalism means. Democracy is all that matters, really.

So, what if we created a democracy grading system that we use to hold politicians accountable. Basically, I'm taking about taking NRA's game plan (they give politicians A-F grades on gun policy) and use it for democracy grading (actions, not words).

Anyway, I wrote up Democracy Grading System idea on Medium:

https://medium.com/p/fde9380ffbe3

Workable, peaceful strategy?

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 6 months ago

Issue #1
see OWS web site
http://corporationsarenotpeople.webuda.com

[-] -2 points by TruthHurts1776 (-5) from Harrisburg, PA 6 months ago

This list of 10 aims is very noble and I wish it were possible. I'd love to live in that kind of world. I fear only a revolution could achieve these as the people in power can not be stopped .... no matter how loud we shout. However it is increasingly obvious that the IPCC is politically motivated. It is also increasingly obvious that drastic climate change is just what happens on planet Earth, and has done for millions of years. This scare-mongering regarding global warming is political lies created to make the rich even richer through higher taxes and investment opportunities.

[-] 4 points by GirlFriday (21771) 6 months ago

Don't you ever tire of being a big douche bag?

[-] 0 points by shooz (26603) 6 months ago

Obvious to who??

Alex Jones??

It would appear that it's you who is politically motivated.

But by what body politic?

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