Gelderloos analyses the "indignant" and "occupy" movements which have spread across the world in recent weeks.
After the courageous revolts of the Arab Spring, the next phenomenon of popular resistance to capture the world media’s attention was the plaza occupation movement that spread across Spain starting on the 15th of May (15M). Subsequently, attention turned back to Greece, and now to the public occupations spreading across the US, inspired by the Wall Street protests.
A communique outlining a number of issues with Occupy Baltimore and the wider movement, including a resistance to address race and gender, as well as the avoidance of anti-capitalism in favor of dominant liberal reformism.
This occupation is inevitable, and yet we need to make it. There is no way for capital to continue its reign – this is clear. And yet, capital will not behead itself: we know that we need to struggle in some way if we are to overcome it. This statement is not a rejection of the occupation – as if it could be avoided, as if the present conditions were not so grave, as if we haven’t all had enough.
A letter to the #Occupy movement, from participants in Oakland, attempting to clarify and explain some of the questions around corporatism VS capitalism, pacifism and what the so-called 99% actually is.
Being “greedy” is what good corporations and businesses are supposed to do in capitalism. In this system, individuals can only get ahead by acting greedy, in their own self-interest.
The occupations have provided a space for us to find each other and to have the conversations necessary for dynamic and mobile political forms to emerge. They are as much a process of deterritorializing public space as they are a process of becoming-collective. In this text the author introduces vocabulary and frameworks of thinking for understanding the occupations which aim to aid the occupations in their elaboration and growth.
by Ian Alan Paul, 10//20//11
Research & Destroy consider the impossibility of reformism in the age of the crisis and the failure of the historic left, both in the context of the 'radical democracy' in the worldwide assembly and #Occupy movements.
We are the generation of the abandoned, the betrayed. Tossed up on the shores of the present by 150 years of failed insurrection, by the shipwreck of the workers’ movement, the failure of a hundred political projects. But it is not only our once-upon-a-time friends who have departed.
Joel Olson of US based group, Bring the Ruckus, talks about the issue of race in the #Occupy Movement.
Occupy Wall Street and the hundreds of occupations it has sparked nationwide are among the most inspiring events in the U.S. in the 21st century. The occupations have brought together people to talk, occupy, and organize in new and exciting ways. The convergence of so many people with so many concerns has naturally created tensions within the occupation movement.
A statement to the #Occupy movement by Common Struggle-Libertarian Communist Federation (formerly NEFAC).
We are so inspired to be part of this new movement of people, struggling on behalf of the 99% against a system that allows corporations to run the world. We are thrilled about the wide use of direct democracy and popular assemblies, the participation of unions and community groups, and the honest efforts to include the voices of the most oppressed.
From occupation to expropriation! Build on the Anarchist and Revolutionary Potentialities of the Occupy Wall Street Movement.
Joint statement on the #Occupy movement by the First of May Anarchist Alliance and The Utopian: A Journal of Anarchist and Libertarian Socialism.
1. The ongoing Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, encampment, and related actions around the country are a significant development. These events may well be the beginning of a 1960s style movement of great potential.
A member of Workers Solidarity Alliance, an anarcho-syndicalist group based in North America, writes about why a general strike should be considered by the #Occupy movement.
With several months of preparation and one month of action, Occupy Wall Street has accomplished what years of conventional activism has failed to do–spark a populist political awakening against the ruling class.
Leaflet from ultraleft US midwest group Moonbat Internationale on the occupy movement in 2011.
They don’t get it. The ideologues, and “reasonable” people tell us we need to make demands, but how can you start making demands if all of civilization today is built against you? . The social order is rotten, we can’t demand to its fungi that constitute politicians. It would amount to pissing into a large, deep and empty hole. Like fungi, they are part of the problem.