Posts Tagged ‘flyers’

Blockade – Strike – Communize?

Posted: December 13, 2011 by globaloccupation in 2011, December, flyers, usa
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We’re making history today: we’re attempting to shut down all the major ports of the West Coast from the outside, following the example of Oakland on November 2. Port workers have shut down the West Coast before, not just for a day but for months at a time, cutting into the profit of the “1%” and increasing the power of their unions – especially the International Longshore & Warehouse Union, born from the three-month coastwide shutdown and four-day general strike of 1934. Today will be the first time a movement based outside the ports (including some port workers as active participants or passive sympathizers) will attempt such an action. The ILWU’s official statements against the action make this more novel and complicated, but do not invalidate this as a working-class action against capital.

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Leaflet for (re)Occupy Melbourne

Posted: October 31, 2011 by globaloccupation in 2011, australia, flyers, October
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http://immediateworldwidedereification.wordpress.com/2011/10/27/leaflet-for-reoccupy-melbourne/

It doesn’t make any sense!

The media, the politicians, the police, all the supporters of the old world, can’t understand and won’t understand what it is we’re up to. No leaders? No demands? No point! Perplexed and threatened, they can only lie, distort, and violently suppress us.

You’ve made your point, now move along” is their refrain, showing that they’ve completely missed the point themselves.

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It's the mode of production, stupid!

Pdf of illustrated pamphlet for printing here (select “print on both sides” and “flip up pages”). Illustrated pdf for on-screen reading here.

The “99% Movement” has adopted the term “occupy” from the anti-capitalist tradition, in which people have occupied workplaces, neighborhoods, school buildings, etc., as moves toward taking control over the “means of production” in order to make things and share them, “from each according to ability, to each according to need,” without the mediation of money. However, starting with the original Adbusters call, an influential current within the movement has suppressed this history, treating “occupation” as a temporary and symbolic means of petitioning the government to crack down on “corporate greed” and “corruption.” As anti-capitalists, we oppose such reformism not because we’re attached to some “radical” identity, and certainly not out of nostalgia for the old “socialist” movements (whether of Stalinist or social democratic varieties – both ended up producing only different forms of capitalism). It is simply that the reformist agenda has failed repeatedly. (Anti-capitalist movements, on the other hand, from the Paris Commune of 1871 to the present, have only been defeated, or undermined by confusion; prior to defeat, they have shown some promising beginnings.) Reformism has failed because any meaningful pro-worker regulations eventually become fetters to capital’s health, so it becomes necessary to dismantle them – to “save the economy” (i.e. capitalism). That’s what we’re experiencing now, and a return to more regulation, more taxing of the rich to fund social services, etc., is something capital cannot afford without first restoring the rate of profit, which (if possible) would require more of the same: rising unemployment, falling wages, cuts to public goods and services, and the acceleration of energy wars and environmental devastation, bringing us ever closer to catastrophe. So reformism is “utopian”; the only “realistic” way out of this mess is the path we have yet to forge.

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Plaza – Riot – Commune

Posted: October 23, 2011 by globaloccupation in 2011, flyers, October, sf bay
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http://www.bayofrage.com/from-the-bay/plazariotcommune/

We are the generation of the abandoned, the betrayed. Tossed up on the shores of the present by 150 years of failed insurrection, by the shipwreck of the workers’ movement, the failure of a hundred political projects. But it is not only our once-upon-a-time friends who have departed. Today, even our enemies flee from us, even capital abandons us: no more its minimum promises, the right to be exploited, the right to sell one’s labor power. Abandoned, we greet the world with utter abandon. There is no longer any possible adequacy of means and ends, no way of subordinating our actions to the rational or the practical. The present age of austerity means that even the most meager of demands require the social democrats to pick up bricks. Betrayed by democracy, betrayed by the technocrats of socialism, betrayed by the dumb idealism of anarchy, betrayed by the stolid fatalism of the communist ultraleft.  We are not the 99%. We are not a fucking percentage at all. We do not count. If we have any power, it is because we are the enemies of all majority, enemies of “the people.” As the old song goes, we are nothing and must become everything.

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From Occupation to the General Strike

Posted: October 23, 2011 by globaloccupation in 2011, flyers, October, usa
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http://ideasandaction.info/2011/10/from-occupation-to-the-general-strike/

With several months of preparation and one month of action, Occupy Wall Street has accomplished what years of conventional activism has failed to do–spark a populist political awakening against the ruling class. The 99ers have captured the imagination of regular Americans from every background and point of view, unified by a general disgust with the upper 1% who have run our economic, political and social areas of life into the ground. The defiant occupation of public space in the heart of the capitalist system has not only inspired us, but challenged our sense of complacency in the age of crisis.

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The American Dream: Do Not Resuscitate!

Posted: October 21, 2011 by globaloccupation in 2011, flyers, October, sf bay, usa
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http://againstsleepandnightmare.org/

It is amazing, awe-inspiring, for this movement to have made the few, stumbling steps it has – against TV reports’ lies, against advertising consultants’ agendas, political consultants’ spins, talk radio hosts’ slander and beyond. Still, at this critical time, any movement’s ability to escape our present dilemmas will be proportionate to the number of critical illusions which it can go beyond:

  • We should recognize that no movement yet represents either “the 99%” or the dispossessed

The “occupations” will be only a single moment unless they continue their process of rapid transformation.  Direct democracy and avoiding leaders is crucial yet this is also not enough. Even with the many “Occupations” drawing on a variety of different groups in different places, these events must open up even more, must be even more accessible to the other parts of the 99% which haven’t yet appeared. Having no demands is crucial because the movement cannot yet speak for everyone.

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The Awakening in America

Posted: October 21, 2011 by globaloccupation in 2011, flyers, October, sf bay
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http://www.bopsecrets.org/recent/awakening.htm

 

A radical situation is a collective awakening. . . . In such situations people become much more open to new perspectives, readier to question previous assumptions, quicker to see through the usual cons. . . . People learn more about society in a week than in years of academic “social studies” or leftist “consciousness raising.” . . . Everything seems possible — and much more is possible. People can hardly believe what they used to put up with in “the old days.” . . . Passive consumption is replaced by active communication. Strangers strike up lively discussions on street corners. Debates continue round the clock, new arrivals constantly replacing those who depart for other activities or to try to catch a few hours of sleep, though they are usually too excited to sleep very long. While some people succumb to demagogues, others start making their own proposals and taking their own initiatives. Bystanders get drawn into the vortex, and go through astonishingly rapid changes. . . . Radical situations are the rare moments when qualitative change really becomes possible. Far from being abnormal, they reveal how abnormally repressed we usually are; they make our “normal” life seem like sleepwalking.

—Ken Knabb, The Joy of Revolution

 

The “Occupy” movement that has swept across the country over the last four weeks is already the most significant radical breakthrough in America since the 1960s. And it is just beginning.

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