The intelligent, strategic people I spoke to in regards to occupy, even people at gatherings, 100% did not consider themselves part of the movement and were turned off by its members/tactics.
This means that to strive for a structureless group is as useful, and as deceptive, as to aim at an "objective" news story, "value-free" social science, or a "free" economy. A "laissez faire" group is about as realistic as a "laissez faire" society; the idea becomes a smokescreen for the strong or the lucky to establish unquestioned hegemony over others. This hegemony can be so easily established because the idea of "structurelessness" does not prevent the formation of informal structures, only formal ones. Similarly "laissez faire" philosophy did not prevent the economically powerful from establishing control over wages, prices, and distribution of goods; it only prevented the government from doing so. Thus structurelessness becomes a way of masking power, and within the women's movement is usually most strongly advocated by those who are the most powerful (whether they are conscious of their power or not). As long as the structure of the group is informal, the rules of how decisions are made are known only to a few and awareness of power is limited to those who know the rules. Those who do not know the rules and are not chosen for initiation must remain in confusion, or suffer from paranoid delusions that something is happening of which they are not quite aware.
For the poor, citizenship consists of supporting and sustaining the power and idleness of the rich. They must work for those goals before the majestic equality of the laws, which forbid the rich and the poor alike to sleep under bridges, to beg in the streets and to steal bread."
Change requires sanity. It requires mental and emotional balance, logic, planning and reasonableness just as much - no, more - as it requires passion and emotion. "
... there are certain things in our nation and in the world which I am proud to be maladjusted and which I hope all men of good-will will be maladjusted[emphasis added] until the good societies realize. I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to segregation and discrimination. I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry. I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism, to self-defeating effects of physical violence.
Our approach, which has been dubbed “Modern Money Theory” or “The Kansas City Approach,” builds on the work of Abba P. Lerner, John Maynard Keynes and Hyman P. Minsky. Above all, we are careful to provide analyses and policy recommendations that are applicable under a modern, fiat money system
One of the goals of the convention was to “to see what we agree on,” Shapiro said. Other Occupiers said this was an opportunity to network and meet other Occupiers in person.
But many were expecting a larger gathering. Shapiro was hoping to see 1,500 people throughout the week. Roughly 500 people came.
July 4th, 2012 is the final day of the Occupy National Gathering. Participants gather in Franklin Square for a full day of “visioning” where Occupiers hope to craft a “blueprint” for a democratic future. This document is non-binding, but will ideally serve as a guide, of sorts, for people who want to focus and sharpen the Occupy movement's efforts.
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