Posted 1 year ago on April 20, 2012, 2:48 a.m. EST by GypsyKing
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Since its inception, Occupy has focused (rightly, I think) upon Wall Street and the runaway excesses of cut-throat, deregulated, monopolized, capitalism of the criminal class, canabalizing our society and all the societies in which they opperate.
That was the original message of Occupy, and the message that has tied me to this movement
The great realization of Occupy has been the recognition that our democracy has been corrupted by an oligarchy; a combination of banking and corporate interests that have coerced our democracy to do their bidding, rather then the bidding of the people.
So it must be understood that Occupy sees those corrupting influences upon democracy as the problem, rather than our democratic heritage itself.
This fundamental realization sparates Occupy from the Tea Party, who see government as the problem, and unregulated corporate capitalism as the solution. Therefore, it was unrealistic from the begining to think that Occupy and the Tea Party could join forces.
I see democracy as our indespensible common heritage; as the thread that has bound this country together for over two centuries, and that those who stand for democracy are the true American patriots, no matter how the opposition tries to wrap itself in the flag.
And yet we are puzzled as to how we should proceed when we all know that both political parties are corrupted, to one degree or another, by the vast economic influence of the corporate/banking oligarchy.
This corrupted system has so far proved impervious to reform. If any one group splits from the party they see as representing their values, all they do is assure the election of the opposite party - and all the while the one party comes to be less and less different from the other. So the question becomes, "How can we actually achieve reform?"
Despite our hopes and wishes for an easily comprehended solution, the answer is very complex, because that nauture of the problem itself is very complex. Yet the essential issue remains - we must perserve democracy. If we lose this guiding light than we will fall into a dark age, and the answer lies in a re-affirmation of our first and underlying goal as a movement; to remove the stranglehold of vested-interest from the throat of true democracy.
That is the conundrum!
Given that the vast majority of Americans (who have any interest in politics or policy whatever) are alligned with one party or the other, and are therefore unlikely to form a vast new political movement in the near future, that is, before the next election, how shall we make reform a reality?
There is only one way. We need to recognize who our allies are and who they aren't within the existing political spectrum, and work with our allies - not be coopted by them - but rather push them in the direction of radical action. That those allies exist is opportunity knocking at our very door.
If we can't change the system with direct action, if that proves impossible, than we must form alliances with all those who believe in our essential goals. If we seize that opportunity, than we will be unstoppable.
Those who tell you we can go it alone are selling you an unrealistic panacea, a chimaera, a dream.