I hate Occupy Wallstreet. I truly despise it. I hate the entire Occupy movement. I hate it because it is disorganized and so accomplishes nothing. It is often offensive such as ‘wage slavery’ and the slave auction. The only times that the movement does something creative it is a stupid stunt. They have no clearly defined goals for the movement and it is really just a bunch of people sitting around getting arrested and the best thing they have demonstrated so far is police brutality. I feel like these are all a good reason to hate OWS, but the biggest reason that I hate OWS is that it is holding back progress.
I think of social justice on a massive scale like a pressure cooker. More and more crap just keeps happening until finally the people have had enough and get into the streets and demand change. Leaders rise up and give voice to the people, give direction to the emotions and then change happens. Governments are overthrown. People band together and accomplish things. OWS is acting like a very small but stead leak on the pressure. This provides a completely harmless release of this anger and vitriol that powers social movements. Not only does OWS do nothing but it is actually preventing another movement taking its place and getting something done.
How they can do better/ what needs to happen. There need to be leaders and structure. They can be officially elected, they can just happen I do not care. Take a look at anonymous everyone loves to talk about how there are no leaders in anonymous and that is bullshit. Behind every operation there was a person that had the idea and gathered people. There were people that planned and came up with ideas about what to do. The phrase ‘expect us’ came from somewhere. People make videos to state their intentions. This is all organization. This is all leadership. There is nothing like that in OWS. No one speaks for the crowd. No one sets up the plan. There are not hundreds of projects to reach a goal. Fuck, there isn’t even a manifesto of shared beliefs. No one knows what OWS stands for because they just bitch about everything! Just picking apart everything and saying what is wrong is stupid and ineffective. It is good for a first step and needs to happen. But you need to get beyond that and suggest solutions and plans of action.
Activism is something that is dear to my heart and something that I believe in strongly but this fuckwittery is a mockery of it. I know that people will say that they lack of leaders is a good thing because everyone is equal!! What they fail to realize is that being a leader is not about power. It is not about being better than other people. It is about getting shit done. Others will say that OWS has said some of its goals like ending the Federal Reserve!! To them I say really. Then why are we not talking about OWS and the Federal Reserve. How many pictures are idiots getting arrested and how many are signs saying “Federal Reserve ends now”. Where are the chants? Where are the protests against the Federal Reserve?
My ultimate point is that you need to get your shit together OWS or fade out of existence so that the pressure can build and someone more useful can come along.