Occupy Wall Street
Trotskyism vs. Social Democracy and Anarcho-Liberalism
The Left, Labor and Occupy
Occupy protesters in Portland picket Terminal 6 on December 12. (Photo: Rick Bowmer/AP)
Six months after Occupy Wall Street began – when a few hundred people sparked worldwide protest with a march and sit-in in lower Manhattan against political corruption and corporate greed – OWS was back. And four months after Occupy encampments were brutally evicted around the country, the police were there to greet them. Demonstrators chanted “this is what democracy looks like” as cops dragged scores out of Zuccotti Park in downtown Manhattan. More accurate would have been “this is what a police state looks like.” At the same time, the sharpening internal contradictions within the Occupy movement were also on display.
For more than a month the meme of Occupy Wall Street has captured the political consciousness of America. It has spread to cities across the country, and even across the globe. This movement has a vague criticism of Wall Street and "Banksters," but those are symptoms of the real crisis. Capitalism is the crisis, the disease. Wall Street, banks, and corporations are symptoms of this disease.
In Denver, the occupation has lacked this anti-capitalist analysis. Instead many occupiers have chosen to turn to the rhetoric of the 99%, which is an erasure of systemic oppression and violence and an acceptance of those in the upper-classes that remain complicet in those oppressions. If this movement continues to deny and erase capitalism as the root cause of these economic and social injustices, this movement will die. It is already being cleverly recuperated by those who seek to harness and control the power of the people.
Occupy Fillintheblank is about economic justice, yes. But, it is about the truest form of that. It is inherently anti-capitalist and must embrace itself as such! This movement is about a reclaimation of that which has been stolen from us and resold to us. It is about reimagining the world which we live in and what it might be like to live without alienation, commodifcation, oppression, and violence.
That being said, join other anti-capitalists this Saturday at the Occupy Denver march. Meet at Civic Center Park at 11:45am and look for the signs that aren't about middle class rage, but are instead about equality for all!
OCCUPY DENVER - EVERYTHING FOR EVERYONE. BECOME THE IMAGE OF THE FUTURE.
The author, Glenn Spagnuolo, is the cofounder of the Recreate 68 Alliance, a member of the Transform Columbus and All Nations Alliances and a long time social justice activist from Denver, Colorado
“Occupy Together, The Division of a Community”
Writing a critique of the Occupy Together movement has been a difficult task for a radical that continues to work for, and appreciate, a full uprising of the people against an unjust government. Since the beginning, many of us have been watching closely the developments from the “occupation of Wall Street” struggling with our own inner conflict of action or inaction in the face of a movement that is beginning to capture the public’s imagination. I write this from Denver, Colorado with my experience based in the solidarity actions of Occupy Denver in mind and influence of thought.