Forum Post: Should we co-opt OWS and turn it into a political protest with candidates wearing name tags?
Posted 5 years ago on May 24, 2012, 3:17 p.m. EST by llllIlllllllllllllllllllllllll
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Many forum users point to the fact that the majority of OWS protesters are not anarchists and do not want a revolution. This is indeed true. These users, often branded as co-opters by the more fundamental anarchists, want OWS to make demands, and groom candidates that wear name tags to run for office. In a nutshell, they want a protest which is diametrically opposed to what OWS is now.
Should OWS become political and drop anarchism? Your thoughts?
Personally, I think OWS would implode if it started to play into politics. I believe its strength resides in the fact that it does not make demands, which means demands cannot be met thereby killing OWS. It's an unsatisfiable monster that's always there. It won't budge.
Now, I don't think OWS will be the group to create real change. I don't think they can create a revolution and replace the current government with anarcho-syndicalism. However, I do believe they are wonderful at creating pressure, a pressure that is very important in the equation towards a better world.
Another group, one which is political, will come in to make changes.