posted on Jan, 30 2012 @ 08:34 AM
A Take On Occupy;
The recent Oakland incident shows that the occupy movement still has legs. Even though the heart of the movement may still be beating, it’s on the
way to the ER.
Although the members are passionate, a leader-less movement is doomed to fail.
At a point in the early weeks of OWS, public opinion was beginning to stand side by side with the movement. But the lack of clear objectives and
effective strategies for how to achieve economic and social change lead the movement astray.
OWS is organized using a non-binding, consensus-based, collective decision making tool known as a ‘people's assembly.' Although it is a great tool
to get people involved, this basis of organization is leading the movement no where. Most American’s understand that the protesters are
disillusioned by our current political leadership and legislation. However, this horizontal structure lacks organization, and without organization,
they will never get anything done.
Looking back on the history of successful social movements, like the civil rights movement, people didn't just start out wanting to create radical
change. They wanted to sit on a bus. They wanted to go to better schools. They wanted equality. Later, when they became more organized and rallied
around a central leader, that's when things started to change.
The occupy movement had many opportunities to rally public support ( such as the “Infamous videotape of Cal Davis cops using pepper spray). But the
horizontal structure of the OWS movement prevented any viable momentum building.
This structure is unrealistic in the long term. It becomes a mob.
This movement desperately needs a leader who can clearly articulate the group's goals. If you want to end the Bush-era tax cuts for the wealthy, or
you want better health care or job opportunities, then say that. If I hear “Mic Check” one more time, I think I’ll have an aneurysm. If they
don't come together soon with some clear definable objectives, the movement is certain to fail.