I've been reading over the last few hours, about how apparently Occupy are planning on making a comeback this spring. The problem is, I can see them
to do that, but then simply receiving another severe beating from the police, and the whole thing fading away as a result.
Police brutality seems to be an immovable obstacle where Occupy are concerned. People yelling "shame," at cops while they are bashed and/or pepper
sprayed by them, also doesn't seem likely to be a very effective response. It is a major morale, recruitment, and endurance issue; nobody wants to
get bashed by cops or arrested, and I think that must inevitably lower Occupy's numbers, particularly long term.
Public apathy is a major part of the problem. While I agree that it's tragic, I think Occupy need to start being a lot more realistic about the
amount of support they really have from the mainstream public. I wouldn't know how many comments I've seen here on ATS and other places around the
Internet, which have resorted to archaic hippy stereotypes, and/or have completely sympathised with the police over the police's brutality towards
The single main reason why I think this needs to be acknowledged, is because if it is acknowledged, then a new approach can be found, which takes said
awareness into account, and which may become much more effective as a result. I'm not pointing this out in order to be hostile towards Occupy myself,
at all; I'm saying this because I want to see the movement turn things around.
There needs to be more outreach towards the Right, and less pandering towards the Left. Yes, OWS; you've got Greenpeace, and Code Pink, and
MoveOn.org, and the Socialist Alliance, and the Communists on board. That's great, but the only problem with it is, that as far as the mainstream
public (and especially conservatives) are concerned, said groups do not represent them; in fact, they are generally considered diametrically opposed
to the beliefs and values of said mainstream public.
Occupy are not going to reach the majority of (particularly conservative) American society, if they continue to so visibly and prominently associate
themselves with the above named organisations. Said organisations are essentially a roll call of the radical Left; the majority of the American
public, on the other hand, are trending further and further towards the hard Right. In so prominently affiliating itself with these organisations,
Occupy are demonstrating that they are not
the 99%; they're just another 1%, but that 1% are no less distant from the mainstream public
than the corportate 1% who Occupy are in opposition to.
Greenpeace, as one prominent example, are not a group that have ever enjoyed the support of the majority of the public. On the contrary, they have
traditionally been perceived as a radical Left, extremist cult; even bordering on a terrorist organisation, depending on who you ask. They aren't the
sort of group that most of the public, are going to feel warm and fuzzy towards. The public also, unfortunately, are therefore not likely to
sympathise when Greenpeace or those who are considered similar, are bashed by the police; even if in their own minds, Greenpeace are trying to do
everything they can to help said public.
I am aware of the Leftist proverb that if the leader of an alliance is comfortable with every other person sitting at their table, then they haven't
posted enough invitations; but again, the problem is that the mainstream public do not feel this way. At this point, the American public, as
mentioned, are trending further and further towards fascism; the radical Right. Such a public are not going to want organisations like Greenpeace
attempting to speak for them; exactly the opposite.
I think my overall point here, is that one of the main reasons why I feel Occupy is struggling to the extent that it is, right now (and I hope that
there will be sufficient honesty here, that I will not be refuted on that point) is because, as I have said before, Occupy are a fundamentally
organisation, who are trying to appeal to a fundamentally Right
The movement needs to become a lot more appealing to conservatives. I'm not sure how we can achieve that, exactly; but I do know that it needs to be
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