Forum Post: ❂❃✿✾ Improving Occupy Anarchism With the Old Switcharoo Technique Taken From the Republic ✾✿❃❂
Posted 10 years ago on Jan. 26, 2012, 5:51 a.m. EST by Cephalus
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Let's not kid ourselves. Occupy is not a leaderless anarchy. It is a hierarchy much like the republic it denounces as a flawed system. The only difference is that the hierarchic levels and representatives are not clearly defined.
The mother ship is the NYCGA. Decisions made in this general assembly trump all the others. They control the donations, the official press releases, the official news articles published on this website, this website's forum, the printing of important posters, etc... They are on a plan of power higher than the other general assemblies around the country.
In addition, only a tiny fraction of Occupy protesters regularly attend the NYCGA. Ironically, this percentage is most likely below 1%. Attending a GA day after day is hard. You need a lot of time and dedication. Only the hardcore anarchists who started this movement are regulars. This means they have much more power than most other protesters. They decide which port to occupy next, and what other strategies and tactics will define Occupy.
It's also important to note that those in control of this website, of news reports, of press releases, of the donations, etc... do not change. As an example, the moderators and programmers of this website have been the same since the very beginning of Occupy. Furthermore. most remain nameless. We only know the username of one moderator, and have no idea who pens the news reports.
I propose we look at the republic for help. Representatives have a term limit. This is good as it brings new blood at the helm from time to time. We can also take the example of the jury from the Canadian Arts Council which is responsible of choosing which artists will receive government grants. This jury changes every six months. This ensures that it's not made up of friends helping friends.
I strongly suggest that Occupy adopt this switcharoo technique. The mother GA should be switched around from time to time. Now that there are Occupy factions all around the country, there's no reason for the NYCGA to be the only one with true official power. Why not let Philly or LA control the donations, official press releases, or this website for a while? I also suggest that the people in charge like the moderators of this site, the programmers of this site, the writers of official news reports, the ones in charge of handling donations, etc... be switched around every few months. The names of those in important positions like the writers of official news reports and the moderators of this site should also be made clear. I think this is very important if Occupy wants to have a truly leaderless and thus healthy anarchy.
Are you a protester in Oakland? Do you feel like you're part of the 99.9% of protesters looking to NYC's anarchists to know what's going to happen next? Are you one of the many protesters who proposed making demands but were shut down at the NYCGA? Why do you accept this? Occupy is meant as a movement for the 99%. It should not be led by a small clique. You must demand the rotation and naming of personnel, and the rotation of Occupy's mother base. You must do this for the betterment of Occupy. For the betterment of manmind.
It's time for more transparency.
It's time for the old switcharoo.