Posted 5 years ago on May 24, 2012, 12:35 p.m. EST by llIlllllllllllllllllllllllllll
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A great man said this once - "We don't need Wall Street and we don't need politicians to build a better society." That great man was David Graeber, one of the fathers of OWS.
He was serious when he stated that we don't need politicians. He is not an idealist, but rather an idealist-realist. That is, he is both a theoretician who dreams of anarchy in his essays, and also a practitioner who was there in Zucotti Park on the very first days of Occupy.
OWS is an anarchic protest, and if you do not agree with a protest that is apolitical at its core and does not want to work with politicians by making demands to the government, and does not want to support candidates running for the upcoming election, then you should not be part of OWS.
Indeed, why march in support of a protest you do not agree with? Doesn't this represent a clear lack of integrity? Would a pro-gay person march in an anti-gay protest? No, of course not, he would start a pro-gay protest of his own or join an already existing one.
It bewilders my mind why so many here want to co-opt OWS and make it political. Are you so weak that instead of doing the hard work of starting a protest that espouses your beliefs, you'd rather profit from the work of others like Mr. Graeber by co-opting his protest and trying to make it into something which is essential diametrically opposed to what it currently is?
Political to apolitical is like theist to atheist. You guys are like a bunch of theists entering a meeting of atheists and trying to make them believe in God. Why? WTF? Just go to a church by yourselves, and leave the poor atheists alone already!