United Discontent

Kierkegaard on the Present Age

“A Revolutionary Age is an age of action; the present age is an age of advertisement, or an age of publicity: nothing happens, but there is instant publicity about it. A revolt in the present age is the most unthinkable act of all; such a display of strength would confuse the calculating cleverness of the times. Nevertheless, some political virtuoso might achieve something nearly as great. He would write some manifesto or other which calls for a General Assembly in order to decide on a revolution, and he would write it so carefully that even the Censor himself would pass on it; and at the General Assembly he would manage to bring it about that the audience believed that it had actually rebelled, and then everyone would placidly go home–after they had spent a very nice evening out.”

its funny, this is exactly what occupy does.  has a general assembly, declares a revolution, then goes home happy to bed or drunk and homeless on the street.

what we need is direct action like david graeber- an anthropologist and anarchist talks about.  Here is how he defines it

“direct action” becomes any form of political resistance that is overt, militant, and confrontrational, but that falls short of outright military insurrection.  In this seense, if one is doing more than marching around with signs, but not yet ready to take to the hills with Ak-47s, then one is a direct actionist.  The boston tea party (power elite using direction action), is often invoked a classic example of direct action of this sort.  Such actions tend to be militant and symbolic at the same time.

used in this way direct action can cover an encourmous range: it can mean anything from insisting on one’s right to sit at a segrated lunch counter to setting fire to one, from placing oneself in the way of bulldozers in an old-growth forest to spiking trees so that loggers who disregard warnings not to cut in certain areas risk killing themselves”

it is in this sense that direct action is very different from occupy protest.  occupy protest is about spraeding information, making a greater presence to “the movement” to encourage “worldwide solidarity” for the 99 percent.  but the actions themselves, do nothing to disrupt the actions of those they oppose.

they are upset that we cannot protest at city hall and the capital, not because the capital is a place to intervene evil actions, because the capital and city hall are supposedly symbolically “public forms” and in restricting the land useage of these places they are “violating rights” rather than, in the instance of the man fighting the loggers, doing an action that endangers or prevents the action you want from happening.

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