Trouble In Paradise: New OWS ‘Leadership’ Turns To Nonrepresentative Methods

Fritz Tucker, a Brooklyn blogger and activist, recounts his experiences with the OWS NYC-GA and the new “Spokes Council” formed relatively recently. Take his first-person account for what it’s worth; it seems at least plausible. If you had hopes that OWS would be truly leaderless and run by direct democracy and consensus, you may be dismayed by what appears effectively to be a coup in pursuit of access to the money that has been donated to Friends of Liberty Park (about $0.5 million).

Some things change everything. And some things never change…

(H/T Ian Welsh.)

AFTERTHOUGHT: H/T Bryan for pointing us to Sara Robinson’s post on Occupy’s Asshole Problem. Very much worth reading!

(Post MOVED to the top because it was not the lede for as long as it deserves.)

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  • Lab Kat  On Tuesday November 8, 2011 at 2:28 am

    Oh, OWS…we barely knew thee.

    • Steve  On Tuesday November 8, 2011 at 7:51 am

      Lab Kat, I don’t think it’s quite time to despair yet. As Sara Robinson points out, every large movement attracts assholes, who show up for their own reasons and attempt to hijack the gathering for purposes unrelated to the public good. Think of, say, comment threads. If you read the threads on Talking Points Memo, you’ll find that about every third or fourth thread has a “participant” who attempts to hijack it. (Last night there was even a guy whose screen name was “Hijack” … now that’s assholery!) But even if there’s no moderator, a sensible adult user community can reduce greatly the impact of a troll on a thread… or a real jerk attempting to co-opt a meeting occupying a park.

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