Novel idea: How about we work on the assumption we're not completely fucked?
Just a thought, don't want to seem a Pollyanna or a Little Mary Sunshine. Hoisting my own comment from John Halle's post:
In bridge, if the only way to win the hand is to assume that the cards fall a certain way, that's the assumption to make....
Rather a Pascal's wager, except for political economy. And on the media blackout:
Surely I am not the only one to notice that (a) only when the narrative became violence were the events at Liberty Plaza permitted national coverage, and that (b) from the standpoint of organization building the coverage might well have been utterly useless. The story ought to be the self-organizing of the occupiers. That's the message. The rest is noise, and deliberate noise.
Our famously free press: Does anybody remember an old movie, I think with Graham Moore, that has The Devil as a character? I'm remembering the Devil mischievously putting a big scratch on a record, a music reproduction technology that existed in the days of my youth, and then hooking the record onto a sort of pulley arrangement that whizzed the scratched record down to Earth, presumably for some human to despair of... Our famously free press is rather like that Devil.