Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 30, 2011, 1:42 p.m. EST by struggleforfreedom80
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In my opinion the Occupy Movement has done everything right by so far only using non-violent protest and organizing. We have to remember that the Occupy Movement which is increasing in size in the US, but also around the world, is in a growing phase right now. We have to think in long term perspective. Big changes arn´t going to come over night, we´re not going to get total freedom and democracy in a few weeks, this is going to be a long hard struggle. This is the beginning of something huge! Now we´re in a time where we have to GROW: and we grow by doing exactly what we´re doing right now: protesting, making ourselves heard, organize, convince, getting more people to join, enlighten etc. We should also start thinking about organizing sit-down strikes and local general strikes in different areas where the movement has a lot of community support. Then when the Occupy Movement has become a dominant force in different communities and nationwide we can start making big changes thru huge general strikes, worker´s takeover of workplaces and communities, and in general establishing a more democratic, solidaric, just society.
During this struggle for a free democratic society we have to expect lots of opposition from the elites and their supporters and servants. Not only do we have to expect and prepare ourselves for media-propaganda, we also have to expect more of what we´ve seen lately: police brutality. Its a natural reaction of the finacial elite who are getting more and more scared of the Occupy movement. The police is a tool of the business-run state to try to crush the ones who want to take back from the wealthy what has been stolen thru bailouts, exploitation and speculation at the stock exchange. The elites are starting to feel threatened, they want to keep all that they have stolen, so naturally they want to stop Occupy movements with police force. These tendencies are however an indcation that we´re on the right track: The elites are getting scared, and react by increasing their effort in trying to crush us.
The finacial elite will however fail. Police brutality is counter-productive, it just leads to more support and sympathy for the Occupy Movement among the general population. Besides, as the system we have today affects more and more people, and naturally evolves in an unsutainable way, - like it always has – it will eventually sooner or later collapse in on itself. Increasing exploitation, increasing gap between rich and poor, the huge increasing concentration of private wealth and power, the destruction of the environment, this cannot continue much longer. The world and its inhabitants desperately need a new and better society, and this is the beginning of the end. We´ve had it! We want real change, and we must take action ourselves. The Occupy Movement will grow for each day, and the more we grow the more the non-democratic finacial elite will understand that their time of controlling our lives and destinies is over . The people will privail, because we are more powerful than private tyranny and its servants.
Videos to watch while taking a break from activism:
Noam Chomsky on Corporations being private tyrannies
Noam Chomsky on today´s society and how to make changes:
Noam Chomsky on where we go from here (at #Occupy Boston):
(Entire #Occupy Boston lecture + Q&A: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IZbNT62aprM&feature=related )
Alternatives to capitalism:
Chomsky on today´s state-capitalist society, April 2011
Chomsky on Libertarian Socialism
All my OWS forum posts:
The ”Free Ride” Society
Replace Capitalism with Democracy
Strategies and Expectations
The Society We Should Strive For