Yet Another Flier - Looking For Comments

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Oct 16 2011 04:20
Yet Another Flier - Looking For Comments

I'm sure if I'm going to distribute this immediately but I thought I'd see what folks' reactions are:

Out Of The Crisis

It is amazing for this movement to have made the few, stumbling steps it has - against TV reports lies, against advertising consultants agendas, political consultants' spins, talk radio hosts slander and beyond. Any movement's ability to escape our present dilemmas will be proportionate to the number of critical illusions which it can go beyond.

* We should recognize that no movement yet represents either “the 99%” or the dispossessed.

The “occupations” will be only a single moment unless things quickly transform.

Direct democracy and avoiding leaders is crucial yet it is also not enough. These events need to open-up, to be accessible to the other parts of the 99% which haven't yet appeared. Having no demands is important specifically because the movement cannot yet speak for everyone.

This movement cannot succeed as a white movement, a liberal movement, a "middle class" movement or a "tax payers" movement. However, the still-relatively-small group that is coming together in the present occupations may make small steps towards regaining a language to honestly expression the conditions of our modern life.

* We must understand that “the 99%” is at best a useful fiction for a single moment...

Of course, only a smaller percentage of people could conceivably come together to challenge the real conditions of this society. Of course, all the “occupations” draw on a specific group and not 99% of Americans. But, to evoke, to paint a picture of, a possible movement, the “occupations” can use the truth within the “ 99%” phrase. That is: vast swathes of the US population are beset by multidimensional miseries, miseries which this society works constantly to conceal, distort and mis-categorize (debt, health, education, jobs, social isolation, etc, ad nauseam). Vast swatches of people wind-up entirely dispossessed despite appearing to have part of the “American dream.” We must be prepared to come together as an active collective and will mean being will not be 99%...

* We must realize that the problem is not greed or corruption but capitalism

This world, everything around us, is the product of, the *perfection* of, treating people only as resources. We see every reform of this world is merely an effort INTENSIFY this order. One can see "Health Care Reform", "Welfare Reform", "Financial Reform", *accountability*...and so-forth boiling system for controlling, "incentivising" and dispossessing in a "more fine grained fashion". These schemes are inherent to the system of wage labor. This system never goes backwards - only forwards towards treating us more as resources to consumed... It offers us a future of more war, immiseration, cop-shows and junk food...

* We should recognize that there is no going back.

Corruption is universal. But we cannot return to an uncorrupted America.

Exploitation is universal. But we cannot return to “honest jobs for an honest wage”.

Lies are universal but if everyone knew the truth in isolation, they would do nothing. Only a community, only the collective power of the dispossessed can allow us to escape. We must be open to discovering our own power and sharing that power with the entire dispossessed.

* We cannot expect to “win” the cops when the cops' job is to enforce the present order.

We must recognize that we must articulate a new world or sink in the present one. We can't blunt our position to win over those who are attached to the order. The present world is crumbling and cannot be repaired. The more quickly, clearly, and compassionately we show people this, the better. The completely we escape its order, the better. “When a civilization is ruined, its bankruptcy must be declared. There’s no point cleaning house when the house is falling apart.” Tiqqun

Capitalism is absence of human community. Only its complete negation can create that community.

Joined: 9-06-11
Oct 16 2011 23:17

On a purely proof-reading or technical level, I think you've missed a few apostrophes in the opening sentence - should be reports', consultants', hosts'?
Need a space after the ellipsis in "*accountability*...and"
Remove space before one of the "99%" in quotes.
Try cutting down on the ellipses.
"The completely we escape its order, the better." doesn't make sense.
"swatches" should be "swathes" I think.
"and will mean being will not be 99%..." is muddled.
"resources to consumed." - to be or drop the d.

Some of these might be personal issues but the sorts of thing would niggle with me! Otherwise, the content looks good.

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Joined: 11-04-10
Oct 16 2011 23:37

The conflict between labor/capital and WORKER control of industry/distribution should be our main focus. Explain what socialism actually is. Most Americans don't know.

What an uphill battle.....

Joined: 23-10-09
Oct 24 2011 12:52

Another flyer I found, though I like yours as well, Red.