Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Praise to the non-violent! (And Chicago)

"Hang together and stick it out till the gates of Hell freeze over; if you don’t, you’re no damn good. Remember, by God, you didn’t win the war for a select class of a few financiers and high binders. Don’t break any laws and allow people to say bad things about you. If you slip over into lawlessness of any kind you will lose the sympathy of 120 million people in this nation."

-Ret. General Smedley Butler to the Bonus Army then occupying Washington D.C., 1932

"When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight. Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor."

John Lennon


Hundreds of Occupiers were entrapped onto the Brooklyn Bridge, and were very slowly arrested and sent all over town for processing. In Oakland on J28, hundreds were entrapped and not allowed to disperse, and were then arrested for not dispersing. While they shouted "Let us disperse!"

In either case, those hundreds could have easily turned the tables upon police.

And given the 1% media the perfect tool with which to forever demonize us, and for cops to specifically criminalize Occupy. Consider that, please.

I praise those who naturally understood, or even simply went along, with a process which raised them far above their persecutors, to the higher moral ground. Even though these two events did not become as viral as the Anthony Bologna cowardly pepper-spraying of kettled women and Pike's legendary pepper-spraying of seated, unmoving, unresisting students, it is in my opinion of the same moral character and type, and deserves equal mention. It may not be acknowledged as helping the movement as much as the pepper-sprayings, but it -has- had a positive effect. Those involved are superior to their persecutors and may battle from the higher ground. And those who witnessed it, can sense in themselves that something was wrong, and people were treated exceedingly unfairly. They -know- it. And this totals to sympathy for the movement.

I say this, because I have a bad feeling about Chicago. DO NOT GIVE THEM THE WEAPONS THEY NEED TO DESTROY THE MOVEMENT!


"The city adminstration, with the full approval of the police, is intent on provoking violent behavior from Occupy Oakland, regardless of any consideration for the safety of the general public or the fact that people might be injured, or even killed. Thanks to the incredibly slanted coverage of such incidents by the mainstream media, they now view every potential for violent confrontation as a chance for a big PR victory. If it bleeds, it leads, and City Hall applauds."


"To the folks at Occupy Wall Street and other occupation zones, keep the faith and preserve your integrity. I know that there has been at least one agent provocateur. Be watchful and careful. If you find someone that sounds like they want to pick a fight with police, walk away. Walk away."


"I also know that the 1% wants us to be violent. The message of Occupy Wall Street is a threat to every foundation they stand on. They are violent not because they want to hurt us, but because they want to discredit us. If that happens, people will ignore us and they will have succeeded in silencing us."


"I do see that whoever the assholes with the molotovs are, they succeed quite nicely in diverting the eye of the world away from the thousands of people out airing their grievances in a legitimate and civilized manner. I see that similar types undermine the efforts of the people’s uprisings all around the world. These are ancient tactics. Infiltrate your enemy’s ranks with berserkers and paid agents in order to discredit them by spurring them on to violence and excess. The mongoloid eye of the world’s media is ever diverted by scenes of flame and destruction. I like John Stewart’s simile where he compares ‘the media’ to a hyperactive puppy following a stick wherever you care to throw it....Those who romanticize at a distance about revolution and upheaval have probably never dealt with the pitiful daily insult of this situation, have not had to go about their daily business against such a frustrating backdrop."