|Westlake Park. 12pm Rally. 3pm March to Chase Bank. 5pm Tent Raising.|
Me: Somebody gotta do it. Heard the latest podcast?
Occupier: A little bit. I haven't listened to all of it.
Me: I went EXTRA hard at Mayor McChipmunk. See, I found out yesterday that the deal for allowing Occupy Seattle to "occupy" (ha!) City Hall meant that OS would have to pack up, clean up, and leave promptly at 7:00am each day, or face eviction and/or arrest.
I also found out that there's a strong capitulationist current being pushed by a clique, to the point where they at times simply ignore General Assembly decisions they do not like. They are also involved in leading the negotiations with the mayor's office.
They may sincerely believe they are working a grand strategy. There are alot of new faces out and about. But, to me it sounds like a reactionary-liberal clique seeking help from a larger imperialist entity to control the collective resource (in Libya, it's the oil; here it's the Occupy Movement). It's the relationship between the new Libyan regime and the u.$./NATO in small-scale. Their existance and power has been bolstered by the mayor's office through that body's strategic use of Seattle Police vs. the rest of us...the 99% .
Occupier: [long, uneasy silence].
Me: Look, when I really let loose on somebody online, on the air, or in person, it's all in the spirit of 'tough love', even for the most unrepentant, ultra-right reactionaries I encounter.
At times, I respect the fascists more than I do these stoopid liberals: at least the right-wingers are upfront with their brand of fascism; the liberals try to convince you and I that their particular brand is kinder, gentler, and is in fact somehow good for us in large doses!
History is moving at an accelerated rate. My message to McGinn and in fact the entire Occupation Movement is "Don't get caught up. Be on the correct side of history." The 'threat' is not any person or group, but the convergence of cause and effect at a particular moment in time and place, which sets off a chain of events, with sometimes tragic consquences. The Fukushima disaster is one example. Another is the Arab Spring.
The systematic uprooting of entrenched histories of hierachies and their oppressions is a dirty business that is best practiced by those with clear heads, clean hands, calm hearts, endless patience, and strong stomachs.
But, in the real world, "you git who you git and you don't throw a fit!"
Me: No, seriously...