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The Cancer in Occupy - Chris Hedges' Columns

The Cancer in Occupy - Chris Hedges' Columns
The Cancer in Occupy Posted on Feb 6, 2012 By Chris Hedges The Black Bloc anarchists, who have been active on the streets in Oakland and other cities, are the cancer of the Occupy movement. Black Bloc adherents detest those of us on the organized left and seek, quite consciously, to take away our tools of empowerment. Because Black Bloc anarchists do not believe in organization, indeed oppose all organized movements, they ensure their own powerlessness. In Zerzan’s now defunct magazine Green Anarchy (which survives as a website) he published an article by someone named “Venomous Butterfly” that excoriated the Zapatista Army for National Liberation (EZLN). “Of course,” the article went on, “the social struggles of exploited and oppressed people cannot be expected to conform to some abstract anarchist ideal. Solidarity becomes the hijacking or destruction of competing movements, which is exactly what the Black Bloc contingents are attempting to do with the Occupy movement. Related:  'Diversity of Tactics'Anthropo des conflits et de la violence

How not to block the black bloc The headline in the Philadelphia Inquirer told us last week that, on the other side of the country, a brick hit a police officer in Oakland and sent him to the hospital. Civil Rights organizer Jim Bevel predicted headlines like this in the ’60s when arguing about the then-current version of “diversity of tactics.” He said something like: “We want people to talk about our issues, about the suffering of our people from racism and poverty. The question for all those, whether using black bloc tactics or not, who consider adding to the Occupy movement tactics of either property destruction or violence: Do you want the issues of injustice to be talked about, or your bricks? I don’t, however, recommend Chris Hedges’ recent essay, “The Cancer in Occupy,” as a model for how to respond to the black blocs. We have such good models in the tradition of nonviolence. Dr. This story was made possible by our members.

Concerning the Violent Peace-Police I am writing this on the premise that you are a well-meaning person who wishes Occupy Wall Street to succeed. I am also writing as someone who was deeply involved in the early stages of planning Occupy in New York. I am also an anarchist who has participated in many Black Blocs. While I have never personally engaged in acts of property destruction, I have on more than one occasion taken part in Blocs where property damage has occurred. (I have taken part in even more Blocs that did not engage in such tactics. I was hardly the only Black Bloc veteran who took part in planning the initial strategy for Occupy Wall Street. This is why I feel compelled to respond to your statement “The Cancer in Occupy.” Let me just lay out a few initial facts: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. All this is secondary. I am appealing to you because I really do believe the kind of statement you made is profoundly dangerous. 1) they are not part of us 2) they are consciously malevolent in their intentions 3) they are violent 1. 2. 3.

Une sociologie des Blacks blocs Loin des nombreux clichés qui circulent à leur propos, l'ouvrage de Francis Dupuis-Deri, Les Black blocs – La liberté et l'égalité se manifestent, revient sur les questions que soulèvent la présence des "Blacks blocs" dans les manifestations. A propos de Francis Dupuis-Deri, Les Black blocs – La liberté et l'égalité se manifestent – ,3e ed., Montreal, Coll. L'instinct de liberté, Lux, 2007, 247 pages, 14 euros. La troisième édition de l'ouvrage du politiste québécois Francis Dupuis-Deri, Les Black-blocs, constitue une version augmentée d'un précédent livre paru pour la première fois en 2003, puis réédité en 2005, avant de connaître une nouvelle édition en 2007. Francis Dupui-Deri accorde dans son ouvrage une grande importance à démonter la construction médiatique et policière erronée de ce que sont les black-blocs. Francis Dupuis-Deri revient ensuite sur les controverses autour de l'usage de la violence suscité par l'action de ces black-blocs. Irène Pereira

New Rules for Radicals: Ten Ways to Spark Change in a Post-Occupy World The first rule is this: The world is different now. The rules have changed. Since Occupy, we all understand this. Nothing works now the way it did even just a couple of years ago. What’s going on is that we are (finally!) The reasons for this shift are complex and wonky, and are the stuff of other articles. As a Silicon Valley brat-turned-futurist, I’ve spent a lot of my life in a culture that churned constantly with this kind of upending, unending change. So, with that, we are already on to Rule Two, which is really the most important one: As the world rises up against economic injustice, Truthout brings you the latest news and analysis, free of corporate influence. 2. Anger is useful. So: let’s drop that cool, cynical, I’ve-seen-it-all, let’s-not-get-too-excited-here stance. 3. Because I have no idea what will work now, what we can ask for or expect, or where the boundaries of this new landscape lie. But apart from that: Go. 4. That’s our vision, and we’re sticking to it. 5. 6. 7. 8.

Open Letter to the Occupy Movement: Why We Need Agreements @ Alliance of Community Trainers From the Alliance of Community Trainers, ACT The Occupy movement has had enormous successes in the short time since September when activists took over a square near Wall Street. It has attracted hundreds of thousands of active participants, spawned occupations in cities and towns all over North America, changed the national dialogue and garnered enormous public support. It’s even, on occasion, gotten good press! Now we are wrestling with the question that arises again and again in movements for social justice—how to struggle. Do we embrace nonviolence, or a ‘diversity of tactics?’ We write as a trainers’ collective with decades of experience, from the anti-Vietnam protests of the sixties through the strictly nonviolent antinuclear blockades of the seventies, in feminist, environmental and anti-intervention movements and the global justice mobilizations of the late ‘90s and early ‘00s. Just as we call for accountability and transparency, we ourselves must be accountable and transparent.

The Psychopathology of a Liberal OWS! Baiter [Since Chris Hedges, a columnist at the website truthdig published the provocatively titled, "The Cancer in Occupy" four days ago, there has been boocoo Internet debate and some vigorous responses, for example, this one at Counterpunch. Occasional Fire on the Mountain essayist SKS, who wrote a widely read piece on this blog on the problems of infiltration and provocateurs in OWS!, posted this angry reply to Hedges on Facebook. FotM republishes it with his permission to help it get the wider circulation it deserves.] The Stockholm Syndrome of Occupy:Chronicle of a Death Foretoldby SKS I do not want to repeat what many have said, more eloquently or timely. Ever since the Oakland Commune came into national consciousness with their successful strike in November, liberals who initially became infatuated with Occupy Wall Street! Naomi Wolf launched perhaps the first notorious salvo of the liberal commentariat, when, going all in with her arrest cred, she called OWS! So why Stockholm Syndrome?

Contre la diversité des tactiques, en support de l’action directe « KKKanada (traduit en français en collaboration avec l’«auteur») par Denis Rancourt disponible en version originale anglaise sur Black Bloc au G20 à Toronto Ici, je soutiens que la «diversité des tactiques» dans l’activisme pour la justice sociale est un effort mal orienté pour unifier des camps incompatibles et que la position pour la «diversité des tactiques» fait du tort à l’action directe anarchiste et aide les pacifistes; alors que les pacifistes nécessairement supportent la hiérarchie oppressive[1][2]. Notez qu’à l’intérieur de groupes qui ont identifié unE même ennemiE ou une même cible ainsi qu’une même insupportable injustice, les déterminations des variétés et des combinaisons de tactiques et ce que les individuEs vont faire sont les considérations stratégiques et risques-bénéfices les plus habituelles, ce qui diffère de la «diversité des tactiques» telle que définie et discutée dans le présent essai. Notes de fin de document Denis G.

Why #OWS Needs to Denounce Violent Tactics on Display at Occupy Oakland | Occupy Wall Street January 31, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. The Occupy Movement, “the 99 percent,” has, ironically, been hijacked by a small minority within its ranks. These are Black Bloc tactics and they're historically ineffective at spurring change. Here’s the key point: Occupy is not an armed conflict – it’s a PR war. At some General Assemblies this issue is referred to as “diversity of tactics.” Violent tactics taint everyone involved evenly – consenting or not. Property destruction is not only a bad PR move (it costs taxpayers and small business owners money) it’s not constitutionally protected Free Speech. Moreover the destruction of property is exactly what Occupy is protesting against; it’s what the banks took from us. Destroying property destroys moral authority. Occupy should denounce violence and property damage.

Real and Fake Anarchism Exclusive to STR September 24, 2007 People arguing for the stateless society, i.e. the abolishment of the state along with whatever coercive hierarchies in society, sometimes find themselves in a position where they hesitate to use the word best describing their position: anarchism. The reason, and this is often explicitly stated, is that anarchism often makes people think of violence, terror, and destruction. Hence, using the word makes it unnecessarily difficult to argue for the ideal. The general public has been taught the false idea of anarchism being chaos, that is true. It can't. The other, which is the definition most people are aware of (and the "definition" used by the aforementioned fascists) is the statist interpretation of any non-system--a conclusion of what a free society would be like based on a Hobbesian view of man. These people enjoying destruction and violence sometimes do call themselves anarchists, but they certainly know nothing about it.

In defence of the diversity of tactics Judy Rebick, from her office in downtown Toronto, complained that "when a spontaneous anger against the Black Bloc emerged on social media, people berated us for ‘dividing the movement.'" She says that, in fact, "it is the Black Bloc that is dividing the movement." She is wrong. I have been involved in a wide array of coalitions on various issues over the past half decade, and never have I witnessed cross-movement solidarity like I have in the anti-Olympics campaign. In southern Ontario, as in Vancouver, radical groups from a variety of locations in the broader movement have come together to start to develop a shared anti-colonial analysis. A strong example of that solidarity was on display during the Feb. 12th "Take Back Our City" march. Twenty-first-century anti-colonial analysis is one that is able to identify commonalities between the struggles of the urban poor and those of indigenous sovereigntists. Mutual solidarity Unarmed activists do battle Making Canadians stop and think

The Numbers Are In: Find Out Just How Many Americans Have Ditched Their Banks Paint the Other Cheek Members of the Occupy Wall Street movement use a ladder to scale a chain link fence around a vacant lot owned by an Episcopal church in New York, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2011. (AP Photo/Stephanie Keith) At a semi-secret meeting in the basement of a Greenwich Village church one Saturday night in February, a couple-dozen of the busiest Occupy Wall Street organizers sat in a circle of folding chairs. Calling the group to order was Yates Mckee, an art critic with aviator glasses and hair down past his shoulders, which seemed especially appropriate considering his choice to open the proceedings by reading from the Book of Matthew: turn the other cheek, love your enemies, pray for those who persecute you. About the Author Nathan Schneider Nathan Schneider’s ’s book Thank You, Anarchy: Notes From the Occupy Apocalypse was recently published by... Also by the Author On its second anniversary, a sense of failure pervades the Occupy movement, as many core activists have moved on with their lives.