Posted 2 years ago on Oct. 4, 2011, 7 p.m. EST by unlappeddog
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Here is my opinion:
If you want to be successful, your demands must be SIMPLE. You cannot expect Americans to get on board when your demands are too complex, in depth, and numerous. No one will bother to read about them or understand them, much less agree with them. This is a political movement, which means you are trying to reach out to mass amounts of people. The more complex and numerous the demands, the fewer people they will reach. Moreover, by making the demands too "left-wing" or "right-wing" you risk alienating people who could actually be genuine allies. The left-right paradigm is still very powerful and has toppled endless movements. We must look past it. Furthermore, and this is crucial, if the demands are not very specific or well thought out you risk having OWS completely hijacked by oligarchs, which allegedly is already happening. The lesser informed among us will easily fall prey to the age old tactics of the powerful if we are not careful. Lastly, if the demands are legitimate, simple, and clear, it will prevent us from looking like a "bunch of commies" meaning the American people will be less likely to identify with the cops beating protesters down, and more with the protesters. Undermining support for the police is absolutely crucial if there is to be any hope of success. If you want to take control of the streets you must gain the support of the masses. Below I am listing two demands, which are simple, which I believe almost everyone here can agree on, and which will appeal to the majority of Americans. Also, if these demands are adopted, it will prevent the hijacking of OWS b/c no oligarch will want anything to do with them. They are simple, straightforward, very easy to communicate, and I believe will maximize the efficiency of OWS. It will allow us to really pack a punch and actually threaten state-corporate power.
1) End the FED 2) End the wars and bring the troops home
Now look, I am pro-free market in the Austrian tradition. I know many of you do not like that, that is fine. I am totally willing to tolerate your anti-capitalist views if you are willing to tolerate my pro-free market views. I think we need to face the reality that while people in my "camp" and yours may passionately disagree on that issue, we have much more in common than your typical American, and if we really want to win this thing, we MUST look past those differences and join forces. I believe, in terms of priorities, ending the FED and the wars is at the absolute top of the list. This will likely generate tremendous support from the American people, potentially causing the protests to balloon into huge proportions, rendering it into a real and formidable force. And, if we are successful, it will allow us to much more easily do things like restore civil liberties and put an end to the state-corporate fascist tyranny. We must target the weakest links in the status quo chainmail, the ones that appeal to most people and the ones that if they are destroyed will greatly disempower the establishment. The thing that most scares the establishment is us putting aside our less important differences and joining together, if even temporarily. Once we break the leviathan, then we can debate our differences, but until then the enemy of my much, much greater enemy is my dear friend. What say you?