OWS: Anti capitalist, but shhh, don’t tell!

OWS has a lot of problems heading into the spring.

We heard from Sage about the “anti-capitalists” trying to seize the money and the message. Of course, it appears that it is indeed the “anti-capitalists” who have held sway from the beginning, who have been forcing out the others, like Sage.

(See story on Sage: https://citizenjournalistdotorg.wordpress.com/2012/04/12/occupier-anti-capitalists-controlling-money-and-message/ )

OWS has also run out of money, and is searching for ways to be relevant as well as to promote their May 1 attempt at a general strike.

Yet, as one occupier/organizer noted in a recent email, the text of which was tweeted through a link on Twitter:

But it is not enough.  After Occupy’s initial splash last year,  participation has not been growing.  Hopefully it was just the winter and the heat will bring everyone out again, but I fear that we are not doing a good enough job communicating with the American people.

So what does the occupier suggest?

First we need to communicate in a language that they understand.  Speaking to middle America in the same way that you would talk to your activist friends is not effective.  Don’t use movement, socialist, anarchist, liberal… buzzwords that only some people know the definition of (and others have been trained to fear by decades of propaganda). Translate words like horizontalism, commodification, socialism, anarchy, anti-captitalist, revolution, into explanatory phrases that people without education in revolutionary thought can understand and see as moving their lives forward.

Read more here: http://pastebin.com/tgXieYa6

However, the occupier forgot to tell these OWS members at ~2:30.



3 responses

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  2. Wheelbarrow Mechanic

    Trying to speak to “middle-America” is precisely the problem. When we begin to act in the interests of those with nothing to lose we’ll begin to see the ranks swell. Call a duck a duck.

    April 15, 2012 at 6:21 pm

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