Posts Tagged 'co-optation':
Far from posing a progressive alternative, the Democratic Party represses the revolutionary energy of workers to keep them firmly within the system. Many of us on the left have been kettled at demonstrations: surrounded by a wall of police, herded into a small area, and prevented from reaching our goal. The term is a translation of kesseln, the German military tactic of enclosing an enemy force within a tight cordon of troops and gradually wearing it down rather than attacking it directly.
By Anita Riot | Iconoclast 32 | Sat, 10/06/2012Under the shimmering diversions of spectacle, banalization dominates modern society and the world over and at every point where developed consumption of commodities has seemingly multiplied the roles and objects to choose from… The smug acceptance of what exists can also merge with purely spectacular rebellion; this reflects the simple fact that dissatisfaction itself became a commodity as soon as economic abundance could extend production to the processing of such raw materials. -Guy Debord
How the Left’s talk of co-optation missed the real critical questions that 99% Spring offers our movements by Harmony Goldberg & Joshua Kahn-Russell Also posted on Znet Last month, a broad alliance of organizations from across the progressive spectrum came together to train 100,000 people in nonviolent direct action in the hopes of supporting a wave of action targeting corporations and the politicians that own them. It was called 99% Spring. Some also called it "co-optation." We call it "alliance building."
http://thiscantbehappening.net/node/1126 Yes, The 99% Spring Is A Fraud by Charles M. Young
Co-optation of Occupy? (Blogpost)
A question all over. All is fair in the games of business, love, politics, and social justice, I guess. Keep the focus on Occupy and let the others do their thing. The thing that comes to my mind is that in Occupy there are Republicans, Democrats, Libertarians, Anarchists, Socialists, Greens, Whigs, and who knows what else. In addition to that, there are Atheists, Buddhists, Christians, Hindu's, Jews, Muslims, and more. There are an array of ages, ethnicity, and races. How is it possible not to have overlapping interests? Answer, it isn't. For some time I've noted that the interests of all those different viewpoints have been expressed in Occupy blogs in different places.
Watch out People, here they come (Blogpost)
The making of a ‘99% Spring’ by Jake Olzen | March 26, 2012, 6:42 am Next month, activists and organizers across the country are planning to train 100,000 people in nonviolent direct action for what they call The 99% Spring. But despite borrowing one or two of the Occupy movement’s favorite slogans, The 99% Spring hasn’t been called for by any general assembly. Rather, this massive and controversial effort is coming from the institutional left — a diverse coalition of labor unions, environmental and economic justice groups, community organizations and trainers’ alliances. While some celebrate what appears to be a mainstreaming of resistance thanks to Occupy, others are crying co-option.
This is a little confusing and still developing. Keeping an eye on Portland... [an email discussion received via interOccupy] From: Michael Withey <email@example.com> Subject: [Interocc] Taking back our name. Hello Everyone,
by Lee Siegel Oct 14, 2011 11:51 AM EDT Stay leaderless. Bedevil the media. And ignore history. How Occupy Wall Street can avoid cooptation. Excerpt: [...] "Stay leaderless and anonymous. It appeared at first that not having a leader, a single face people could relate to, would be your fatal flaw. Now it seems to be the mark of your collective genius. The media would pounce on a leader, or leaders, and reduce your entire movement to a life story, a personality. Now they have nothing to grasp but your ideas, and your outrage. Then, too, leaders can be flattered, rewarded, ego-gratified and tamed. Once someone who speaks for you appears (gulp) on the cover of a national magazine, you’re done for. Don’t give them any kind of story. They’re waiting for it. They’re waiting for the guy who throws the rock, the girl who overdoses, the person who dies suddenly, mysteriously while camping out. Stay controlled. If the unfortunate or tragic thing happens, move on quickly with something dramatic and serious.
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