Thanksgiving #Occupy Quote Via Michael Moore

I couldn’t say it any better than this tweet from Matt Cornell, noted by Michael Moore:

LAPD gives stuffed turkeys to #OccupyLA, in advance of driving them from the land. It’s just like the First Thanksgiving!

And so the relatively most trouble-free of #Occupy encampments is to be cleared out tonight. There aren’t many left. Your rights of assembly and petition are by now effectively gone… and your right of free speech was taken from you by the Roberts Court and given in its entirety to corporations.

What’s next?

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  • karmanot  On Sunday November 27, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    What’s next is revolution: Google and Check out Gene Sharp— for non violent revolution. Also check out the segment on him last night on CURRENT TV,

    • Steve  On Sunday November 27, 2011 at 5:04 pm

      karmanot – really? revolution? Two thoughts:

      One, Americans are not ready for anything reasonably calling itself revolution. Remember, in the original American Revolution, while there was a lot of debate, much of the public was more than fed up with British rule, so that the revolutionaries were on sympathetic ground with the larger public. IMO, that is very important.

      Two, clearly the MOTU are more than ready to squelch anything that can reasonably be called revolution, peaceful or otherwise. They haven’t distributed all that equipment to police forces for no reason. IMHO, they hoped #Occupy would provide a trigger for them, but #Occupy has proved much more savvy than to give them that opportunity. But I do not doubt that if they see the opportunity to do it to their own advantage, the masters will not hesitate a nanosecond to beat the bloody crap out of anyone they think might actively oppose them. This may make a lot of people hesitate to participate.

      Moreover, the MOTU are also more than ready to install an overtly, unapologetically fascist government on some flimsy basis or another. Remember, these are the people who never liked democracy in the first place. Remember how the obscenely wealthy approached FDR to urge him to install a totalitarian government of “the right people”? That may happen again, or may already have happened again… and Obama has nowhere nearly the strength of character of FDR to resist.

      For the moment, the most important course of action is to confront the bastards on every single instance of totalitarian behavior… use available tools to make sure they do not get away with it. Revolution? It may come to that. But remember how Gandhi faced down India’s British overlords. We have some of the same things going for us. Let’s see what happens before we throw out the bathwater.

  • karmanot  On Sunday November 27, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    “For the moment, the most important course of action is to confront the bastards on every single instance of totalitarian behavior” Exactly so—–one of Sharp’s strategies. It will be a long struggle, but instead of revolution we might best use the term ‘restoration,’ because fortunately we have a foundation of democratic institutions. Sharp’s best read on this is “From Dictatorship To Democracy.”

    • Steve  On Sunday November 27, 2011 at 7:54 pm

      BBC News has a good write-up of Sharp, including a short (2-3-minute) audio interview. Houston Public Library doesn’t have the book, but the Albert Einstein Institution sells it cheap. It’s going on my “Christmas” (or name your favorite seasonal holiday) list right now. My two friends with whom I exchange gifts are both employed at the moment; either can afford $11.00 I think.

    • Steve  On Sunday November 27, 2011 at 7:57 pm

      Meanwhile. there’s a .pdf available for download from the Albert Einstein Institution, so I can get started sooner…

  • karmanot  On Sunday November 27, 2011 at 10:11 pm

    I have an uncanny feeling that the OWS Central Committees are very familiar with Sharp. Meanwhile, I await my copy of FDTD from the Einstein Center. It will be interesting to compare notes. I’m thinking we may have a regular Freedom Day posting in sequence some of his 190 points of peaceful rebellion. Maybe we can help spread this knowledge to a wider audience. It is said that many of the young leaders of the Arab Democracy Movement used Sharp’s techniques. peace, M

    • Steve  On Sunday November 27, 2011 at 10:36 pm

      karmanot, as I read the .pdf (which has nice, clear print, by the way), I realize that NTodd of Dohiyi Mir (see blogroll) went through some sort of training related to the 198 points about two or three years ago. If I had been paying attention then, by now I could have already saved the world advanced my understanding of nonviolent methods. Better late than never…

      I’m about 40 pages into it (it’s about 100 pages long), and it’s a magnificent document, utterly free of BS as far as I can tell.

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