I went to a local presentation last night, where a guy who has been very enthusiastic about Occupy, was showing some slides he took, while he was at
Occupy Wall Street. I was initially very cynical, as I have been towards the movement more or less all along, I will admit; but a lot of what he
showed us was very positive, and it gave me an idea for how Occupy could continue to work, and continue to do something positive.
For me, the single most positive function of the movement, has not
been protest. It has actually been something very different;
providing both a focal point for, and a demonstration of, a completely different sociological and economic model, which we can and should use to
replace the current society. A model based on love, rather than apathy and the other base emotions which usually predominate in human society; and a
model which is also based on sound engineering and scientific principles, rather than economic greed.
As one example, I know that the city of Melbourne in Australia has both the older Royal Exhibition Buildings, and the newer Exhibition Center. What I
am proposing is that Occupy re-invent itself as an exhibition or conference which could be held at these legitimate venues, wherever they exist within
each city, on a rotating basis. The free kitchen could still be run; the Free Network Foundation and other such groups would still have a place to
gather and recruit new members, and that is something which I consider extremely positive, beneficial, and necessary. All of the positive roles which
Occupy served could still be maintained; there simply would no longer be any conflict with the authorities.
One of the main problems that I believe Occupy has always suffered from, to at least a degree, is a belligerent, adversarial attitude. As much as it
is billed as a nonviolent movement, a lot of people within said movement, have clearly displayed actually wanting
to have someone to
fight and engage in physical violence with. I have seen videos where the police were being taunted and advanced on by protesters as well, even if
they haven't come out and actually hit police. People need to read about Gandhi a little more, and realise that such behaviour is not
an element of genuine Satyagraha.
I am aware that this is an idea that the proverbial black bloc may not approve of; but truthfully, I've never considered their approach useful anyway.
Protesters bashing police serves no more productive purpose than police bashing protesters. The entire "protest," angle needs to be removed. If it
is, and if Occupy moves to more legitimate venues, (and changes the name, which truthfully I've always considered belligerent and obnoxious, which I
suspect was also the point) it can continue to serve its' positive functions, develop a strong and positive reputation with the authorities and the
public, and enjoy a much longer effective lifespan as a result.
There are still ways that the current system can and should be undermined, within what to them, will appear to be a much less visibly threatening mode
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