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Forum Post: Translating Anarchy

Posted 4 years ago on Sept. 9, 2013, 10:23 p.m. EST by owshelpermonkey (-1)
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here is no one demand. That’s ridiculous. Unless that one demand was so incredibly radical like ‘smash capitalism and the state at the same time.’ That would be the one demand. —Madeline Nelson, anarchist OWS organizer

The destruction of capitalism and the construction of a classless, environmentally sustainable, democratic economy characterized by mutual aid and solidarity that prioritizes the fulfillment of human need. The development of forms of participatory and direct democracy grounded in local communities, groups, and bodies that empower individuals and collectivities. The elimination of all hierarchical social relations, whether founded in concepts of sexuality, race, gender, or any other.

That is what Occupy Wall Street wanted (and much of what anarchists want too).

Or at least that is what the vast majority of OWS organizers envisioned as the ultimate goal of their political struggle.

Not the Volker Rule. Not a Robin Hood tax. Not the Glass-Steagall Act. Not ending corporate personhood. Not an increased capital gains tax. Not repealing Citizens United. And certainly not re-electing Obama.

Some saw those reforms as steps in the process, but for most they were never the final targets. That is why the mainstream media, both liberal and conservative, could never really understand what we were doing. If we had been content with adjusting taxes for millionaires by 2% we would have gone about things completely differently, the way the media expected, but we didn’t want a bigger slice of the pie, we were after the entire bakery. As Justine Tunney (27), self-described “tranarchist” and founder of the main OWS website (http://occupywallst.org) phrased it, “I believe that the hetero-normative, cis-normative, patriarchal, state-capitalist establishment is evil and must be destroyed.”

Read More: http://occupywallstreet.net/node/703



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[-] 4 points by shadz66 (19985) 4 years ago

Are Americans ready for The 'A' word right now ?! I've always had my doubts but it all really hinges on language, definitions and education. I read your interesting link and recommend it to all readers, future cadre, fellow travellers and even to liberals, lol. For insights few if any politicians will ever give you, see :

It won't change our lives but it will absolutely help to explain the lives we're all being forced to live.

From the book of the same name, ''The Crisis of Civilization'' is a remix documentary feature film investigating how global crises like ecological disaster, financial meltdown, dwindling oil reserves, terrorism and food shortages are converging symptoms of a single, failed global system. I'll most emphatically assure all readers that it will be time very well spent and you won't forget viewing it.

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