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Does Occupy Wall Street have a future?
by Systemic Disorder
Saturday Sep 21st, 2013 11:42 AM
Violent repression of Occupy soon after its exhilarating birth is a significant factor in its dwindling, but its structure and refusal to articulate demands should also be examined.
Will Occupy Wall Street have more birthday celebrations? The movement marked its second anniversary with a daylong series of events in its New York City birthplace, but with smaller numbers than it has drawn for past events.

Having spent September 17 at series of rallies and marches, I have no interest in surmising the end of a movement into which so many have placed great hopes. But two years on from the electric beginnings of Occupy and its rapid spread to hundreds of cities, it must be asked: What is the future for Occupy? Or has it accomplished its mission, to be supplanted by as yet unformed movements to carry forward the work of building a better world?

The Occupiers and allies ranged from a couple hundred to several hundred at the various rallies and marches — noticeably smaller than 2012’s first anniversary. A credible showing considering the breadth of events that included a march on the New York Stock Exchange, assemblies at Zuccotti Park, a rally in Washington Square Park focused on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, street theater in Times Square, a rally for a “Robin Hood” financial-industry tax near the United Nations and marches connecting some of these. And all this on a work day.

Nonetheless, such crowds do not constitute a mass movement.

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by Workers Revolution
Saturday Sep 21st, 2013 12:48 PM
Occupy was and is a radical/liberal movement meant to "pressure" the ruling class and expect change. In the real world the majority know that it takes power to speak to power and without a POLITICAL ORGANIZATION capable of leading the workers and oppressed in effective battle against the capitalist and their political parties we are disarmed and defenseless. The chattle slaves of the U.S. needed the Republican Party to set them free (and least we not forget the Democratic Party was the party of the slavocracy). The successful social revolutions of the 20th century were all lead by revolutionary parties. We need our revolutionary workers party to struggle for a workers government because until we have political power we are at the mercy of a decaying and murderous capitalist system. We need a economic and political system based on collective ownership of the production and distribution of wealth under workers control. Greed means death to the NEEDS of the population.
by miles
Sunday Sep 22nd, 2013 8:38 AM
Occupy Oakland didn't have those characteristics, and if this so-called revolutionary worker had taken part in any aspect of Occupy Oakland, he knows it all too well. Occupy Oakland, with its refusal to make demands and its constant ridiculing and ignoring of the city government and economic relations, presented a fundamental challenge to the smooth operation of capitalism and the state. That's why this so-called revolutionary worker needs to dismiss its radical character -- he knows that the schemes of all political charlatans were inherently rejected by the majority of Occupy Oakland participants, relegating him and his bureaucratic Marxist ideas and practices to irrelevancy. That's why he has to tar Occupy as a whole with the liberal brush. Occupy Oakland left no room for him and his Party bosses.
by anon
Monday Sep 23rd, 2013 10:01 AM
with feathers." Emily Dickinson

You can slam the lid back on the box with defeat and negativism and head shaking.

Or you can let hope out in all its myraid wonderous ways. Cancel your credit cards. Start a neighborhood coffee. Chat with your fellow morning bus riders. Coach kids sports. Give something away for free. Sing a song. Paint a mural. Write a poem. You know what to do. You are Occupy.

Tinker Bell lives!