Posted 9 years ago on Nov. 6, 2011, 12:53 a.m. EST by puff6962
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The following is based upon the principles of Dr. Gene Sharp, the most well unknown leader of most recent nonviolent movements. His record stands for itself. His advice (with my comments added):
* Develop a strategy for winning freedom and a vision of the society you want.......Here, the single most important initiative is the removal of big money, particularly corporate, from our political process. Dylan Ratigan's petition sums it up well. http://www.getmoneyout.com/ There are a million ideas floating out there, but until big money is neutered, nothing really stands a chance.
* Overcome fear by small acts of resistance......OWS and it's sister movements have achieved this aim, but violence must be absolutely avoided. Smaller, focused, demonstrations that attract news coverage should become the moniker this winter. This will maintain the narrative of the movement. It is essential to choose targets where the target, by itself, defines the message of the protest. An example would be a sit in at the offices of Grover Norquist with cameras rolling. Go in dressed like nice young Republican staffers and then do your stuff.
* Use colors and symbols to demonstrate unity of resistance......The "V" for Vedetta mask is a little too macabre. Don't you think? I would stick to something with an American flag.
* Learn from historical examples of the successes of non-violent movements......Many have been discussed on this forum. But realize, that populists movements fail because they can't nail down a message that resonates with the populace. Occupy must focus upon the influence of money, corporations, and lobbyists at this time so that it's aims are known and are supported by increasing numbers of our citizenry.
* Use non-violent “weapons”......There is no better weapon than to be on the side of right with cameras rolling. I will also plug the idea of having a "Get The Money Out Pledge" for submission to every primary candidate running for Congress. Support those who sign, punish those who don't. There is no place in American politics where so much power can be wielded by a single voter than in a primary election. Use you power well.
* Identify the dictatorship’s pillars of support and develop a strategy for undermining each......Here, the pillars are clear. They include corporate contributions to campaigns/527's, the Lobbyist industry, the Republican Right, FOX NEWS, and conservative Talk Radio.
* Use oppressive or brutal acts by the regime as a recruiting tool for your movement......This will only work if you remain nonviolent yourself.
* Isolate or remove from the movement people who use or advocate violence......Dr. Sharp emphasizes this point again and again. Violence, hurting merchants, destruction of property, looking like hoodlums, etc. will destroy sympathy for your movement and will discourage the support you will need if anything is to be accomplished.
Good luck, and always remember:
Where there is the duty to act, and the ability to act, the failure to act is an abuse of power.
Don't abuse the power that God has given you in this life.