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WeAreChange.org: non-camping, Occupy-like movement in Europe ramps up to 100 cities, in over 2 months. Lawrence Lessig, take note!

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WeAreChange.org is the best thing to come out of the 911 movement, IMO, and they've continued their fearless (and occasionally foolish, IMO) work as 911 fades from our collective memory. Luke Rudkowski founded We Are Change, and I first became aware of this new movement about 2 days ago, as he was interviewed by Max Keiser on RT television.

Basically, this movement has 3 planks:
1) End the private Federal Reserve banking system
2) Against the mainstream media
3) Against NATO wars

They meet in public squares on Mondays, and their movement is said not to embody any aspect of a Left-Right division, but rather span the Left-Right gamut. (Which is exactly what you want, in a democracy, to empower the 99%; after a populist seizure of power, then the ideologically-driven can 'fight' (peacefully) over what ideological constraints their society should reflect.)

Predictably, the mainstream media is smearing them (much like Occupy was unfairly maligned in the US), calling them "Nazis" and "anti-semitic", even though they "never talked about it".

This movement was founded by 1 guy, holding a sign in a public square. He kind of looks like a hippy, which is cool, I think, and perhaps an indication that he has some of what I'll call "sincere 60's hippy energy", as opposed to a 'Veal Pen' operative, like Van Jones, to name one example. Amusingly, this professional sky-diver notes that the "anti-semitic" smears are complete lies, and he has been jumping out of planes with Jews, Muslims and "Bhuddism people". :-) He reminds me a bit of Donald Sutherland's hippy-ish tank commander character, "Oddball", in the movie, Kelly's Heroes.

As for the stupid American activists who somehow got it in their heads that illegal camping would prove to be some sort of enduring key to Occupy, note that they meet up only once per week (on Mondays, perhaps inspired by Moral Mondays movement here in the US). And furthermore, go home to sleep in their nice, warm beds at night.

In fairness, I'll note that the (illegal) camping aspect certainly was a key to Occupy's initial growth phase; however, not a) anticipating eviction and b) planning for a continued public presence was, strategically speaking, quite dumb.

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DEAR LAWRENCE LESSIG

I'm a fan of yours, and am very happy to see that you are looking, amongst other political activism, to work the electoral system for the benefit of the 99%, and at the expense of the 1% who are greedy and manipulative. I'm even happier to see that you've now got the support of Steve Wozniak, PayPal cofounder and activist Peter Thiel, LinkedIn cofounder Reid Hoffmann, and Ben Cohen.

from rt:

“We are a crowdfunded Super PAC to end all Super PACs,” the website states. The kick-started scheme should hit the target by 2016 to achieve “fundamental reform.” The first goal of $1 million, set in May, was surpassed in just two weeks. By July 4, the group should pass the $5 million mark. The rest of the money will be fronted by the tycoons themselves, to make a total of $12 million.

IMNSO, we need both public-facing activism (i.e., ubiquitous, public-targetted, outreaches in public squares) as well as electoral activism, to create systemic change. The anti-Fed movement (not even sure how to refer to it!) which is currently exploding in Europe (now in 3 countries) has many elements of just the sort of public-facing activism that Occupy hinted was possible, that would work synergistically with electoral activism.

And one of the main reasons is sort of obvious, but I'll point it out. And that is, the mainstream media won't support the Mayday movement. Neither will veal-pen lefty and right organizations. Spreading the word via the internet is cool - it's also over-rated. Clictivism has it's limits, as the face-to-face aspect of Occupy made clear.

If your ship is sinking - sufficient to lead to a Mayday - you don't just want to jump in a lifeboat, or just put on a life-jacket. You want to do both.

In general, refusing to 'walk and chew gum at the same time' is stupid strategy, as our plutocratic masters are ready, willing and able to pay Mandarins to walk and chew gum at the same time.

Their systemic approach has worked out pretty well - for them - ya know?

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Submitted by V. Arnold on

...on occasion and happened to catch this yesterday. Max is a bit too demonstrative for my taste, but I try not to let that stop the message from getting through.
He generally has good stuff; it's only his tangents that put me off...

Submitted by lambert on

(Regular meetings in public squares sounds really good.)

But a European movement to end the Fed? Not the ECB? I'm not getting it.

That said, a lot of interesting links on their site. Convergence of a sort.

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Submitted by metamars on

I'm sorry, I think I may have confused you. We Are Change did not start the movement in Berlin. The "Oddball" guy did, AFAIK, all on his lonesome. He got a big boost from the fired media guy.

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Submitted by metamars on

Some, if not most, of the occupyX locations weren't 24x7, in the sense that they were mostly deserted at night.

I saw a google video of an occupy location in the US, where they used a heat vision camera to show this. I couldn't locate that, but the same thing happened at Occupy in London. See The thermal images that prove 90% of tents in the Occupy camp in London are left EMPTY overnight

Submitted by lambert on

Occupiers slept in churches and couch-surfed. In a way, that's good, because it means more integration into the community. So what if Occupying is your day job?