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Forum Post: NOTE TO ALL OWS supporters: If we engage in great TACTICS WITHOUT THE RIGHT MINDSET the end result won't be nearly as powerful

Posted 10 years ago on Nov. 12, 2011, 9:29 a.m. EST by therising (6643)
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I'm all about forceful nonviolent action and addressing the wrongs of the 1%. But there is something we need to remember that will increase the impact of our efforts exponentially. Beyond the power of TACTICS that build coalitions and bring real change for real people, there is something else. There is a mindset. And both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Gandhi STRONGLY emphasized that achieving the MINDSET was essential prior to engaging in tactics. The mindset they described was about motivation. Both of these great leaders believed that love should be the prime motive, the engine that drives each action and the movement as a whole.

King and his supporters said they LOVED the opposition enough to set them right. The saddest part about the concentration of wealth in this country is that it's most often just stored or used for junk. Granted, the junk of the 1% is bigger, fancier and more long lasting than ours, but the key is that the buzz they get from it quickly fades. So it becomes an addiction just like any other addiction. They're going after the dopamine buzz and it gets harder and harder to get it.

If they're lucky, they come to their wits end and discover family, art, life, love, whatever. But most don't, the poor saps. Their extravagant resources enslave them. It seems strange to say but we need compassion for the 1% too. We really do. For our own good and theirs. The reason they're plundering the world is that they're lost.

There's a move in the martial art Aikido where, when your opponent aggresses towards you, you take a slight step to the side. Then, instead of aggressing towards him, you move with him and "help him to the ground where he'll be safer." It's remarkable because you use his energy. You harness it. And you do it with the true motivation of helping him. I agree with others who say that all power flows from that mindset and approach.

We're not talking about being "soft" on the 1%. We still need to engage in forceful direct action to correct the incredible wrongs, bring those guilty of breaking the law to justice And fix the system so the 1% aren't the only ones who benefit. We also need to protect the environment. To do all this, we need to creat serious TENSION. King describes that good kind of tensioin here in his “Letter from the Birmingham Jail”:

"Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks to so dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. . . The purpose of our direct-action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation.”.

If you can afford it, donate multiple copies of books By Martin Luther King, Jr., Gandhi and Gene Sharp to your nearest Occupy site today. That would make a real difference. The mindset is as important as the tactics.

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[-] 3 points by another1forfreedom (26) from Ithaca, NY 10 years ago

Very much agreed! Thank your for sharing this! We can be much more powerful this way and attract many more people to the cause. Many people get scared by angry shouting, intentional confrontations with police, and of course property destruction. And it is a drain of energy to focus on making individuals' lives unpleasant (i.e. marching to their houses with anger, disrupting their lunches, etc.). Not that there's not a place for anger, but anger can acknowledged and dispersed in a way such that it doesn't drive the movement to unproductive action.

[-] 1 points by PatriotMissiles (37) 10 years ago

Being direct is key. Protests are great, but I do believe that much smaller groups (on a mass scale) need to engage in direct response actions that severely disrupt the economic hierarchy. For example, have 5 people continually call up a WalMart store so that their phone lines and cashiers are tied up the whole day. Have 5 people walk up to a bank and ask the managers and sales men lists of unending questions. Have 5 people continuously email Domino's pizza about their negative TV ads that attack the working class who make profits for the company. I think you get the idea, be creative, and form your own groups of disruption! Small direct groups can be more powerful than large but random crowds!!!

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 10 years ago

If we power our movement with love, it will have the force of a billion bulldozers.

[-] 2 points by aahpat (1407) 10 years ago

A wonderful essay. I agree 100%.

Gandhi and King had one other thing in common, purpose.There needs to be purpose to give focus to change. If there is no purpose no one knows what to change.

MLK's 1963 march on Washington was titled "The March on Washington for Jobs and Justice". It had specific purpose. It achieved much of the purpose of justice with the 1964 Civil Rights Act and the 1965 Voting Rights Act. It did not get the jobs and this injustice resulted in five years of city burning civil unrest across America. This unrest was then used by Richard Nixon in 1971 to set back the Voting Rights Act by creating, in collusion with the Dixie-crats in Congress, the Drug War that has since mass disenfranchised millions poverty oppressed and mostly minority urban Americans effectively neutralizing the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 10 years ago

I think you are exactly right. Well said!!! I would strongly urge you to post this as a separate post. .

[-] 1 points by April (3196) 10 years ago

I'm not that deep. I have a pretty simple mind. So let me make sure I understand. We should strive for direct action that shows love and compassion to the 1%? I'm totally on board with this! However, since Corporations are persons too, how do we show love and compassion to a Corporation?

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 10 years ago

They aren't persons. Need to remove that designation from our hearts, minds and the law. Then the problem is solved.

[-] 1 points by April (3196) 10 years ago

So if we can't show love and affection to a corporation, therefore, it must not be a person! But wait, Mitt Romney says a corporation is a person. He must be a little kinky! I don't want to know.

[-] 0 points by therising (6643) 10 years ago

One can only imagine. I worked on Capitol Hill for a time and heard a lot of stories about those conservatives that would make your hair curl. All that repression ..... It twists them...

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 10 years ago

To get the results we hope for, the mindset is as important as the tactics themselves. Otherwise, where will we be when this is all over?

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 10 years ago

Once we have the mindset, there's no stopping us. That's when the tactics described in Gene Sharp's books become highly effective.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 10 years ago

We have the momentum.... Rise and shine...

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 10 years ago

The people are rising...

[-] 0 points by stevo (314) 10 years ago

Very well said. You dumbshit

[-] -1 points by Jimboiam (812) 10 years ago

Too late. they already screwed it up by letting the marxist radicals to call the shots and preying on poor uneducated young people to 'spread' the message.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 10 years ago

Thanks!  There's another dollar for Occupy Wall Street.  Trolldom has been monetized.  This is fun :) http://occupywallst.org/forum/we-have-monetized-trolldom-for-the-benefit-of-the-/#comment-223231 . Care to donate? Just visit homepage at www.occupywallst.org .

[-] 0 points by Jimboiam (812) 10 years ago

Keep on donating so the Spokes Council can steal it for their own needs.

[-] -1 points by Jimboiam (812) 10 years ago

Another dollar? You gave another dollar? Good for you. Now the marxist radicals and the Spokes Council can eat another day.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 10 years ago

Thanks!  There's another dollar for Occupy Wall Street.  Trolldom has been monetized.  This is fun :) http://occupywallst.org/forum/we-have-monetized-trolldom-for-the-benefit-of-the-/#comment-223231 . Care to donate? Just visit homepage at www.occupywallst.org .

[-] 0 points by Jimboiam (812) 10 years ago

This is a great idea. Ill bankrupt you. Marxist.

[-] 1 points by therising (6643) 10 years ago

Thanks!  There's another dollar for Occupy Wall Street.  Trolldom has been monetized.  This is fun :) http://occupywallst.org/forum/we-have-monetized-trolldom-for-the-benefit-of-the-/#comment-223231 . Care to donate? Just visit homepage at www.occupywallst.org .

[-] 0 points by Jimboiam (812) 10 years ago

Now you can buy them some new tents. All your money you donated just went down the drain. lol.