Resistances are easily crushed, co-opted, deflated, or comprised in favor of paltry reforms that leave the system in question wholly intact and for their initial promise, change nothing. The current occupation movement has proved more spirited and enduring that most could imagine, but it remains a galaxy away from a revolutionary movement and we must not walk away with crumbs or replace one dictator with another, as happened throughout the Arab uprisings.

We must build the anger, energies, masses, and critiques to nothing short of an anti-systemic movement against capitalism, and abolish this global gulag with decentralized radical democracies and wholly new institutions, values, and priorities. The point is nicely expressed here:


“It is no longer possible to reform capitalism.  Its current ruthlessness is unsurpassed in human history.  The countless millions who toil at its mercy along with those that toil despite its existence can no longer be saved by liberal politicians or reformers.  Nor can they be saved by green capitalists or those that operate on the Ben and Jerry’s model.  While the efforts of these corporations are commendable in their own limited way, the very fact that they subscribe to the capitalist mode ensures their inability to solve the ills that economic system creates.  While it is certainly true that some capitalists are crueler than others, the fact is that when times are tight and profits are squeezed the very nature of capitalism forces any corporation desiring to survive to exact some kind of heartlessness if they wish to survive.  This is why monopoly capitalism itself is the problem.  If the Occupy movement had only one demand that would address all of those demands attributed to it, it should be to abolish monopoly capitalism.

The organic (as in its free flow and non-hierarchical, not what it eats) nature of the Occupy movement is its strength and weakness.  Occupying is in itself a radical statement. Yet, as a veteran of numerous occupations/liberations I can honestly say that the fact of occupying can often become the raisin d’etre of a movement, thereby preventing further political action beyond that involved in maintaining the liberated space. Those of us with an anti-capitalist analysis would do well to involve ourselves in a manner that is neither forceful nor foolish.”