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The so-called “Super” Congress tasked with finding a means of cutting the deficit is a pure and simple joke. A joke few, if any, are likely to fall for. It is most simply designed to further the austerity agenda and steal from the poor of this country in order to further fund this stumbling empire’s tragic mistakes. If these wise old members of our congress fail to come up with spending cuts and revenue increases by late November, the cuts get made anyway, though they are across the board. The whole arrangement is the most obvious attempt at planned dead-lock I have ever seen. Who seriously believes that this group will come up with an agreed upon solution, or that if they do, it will be passed by their peers in congress? Or beyond that, that any measures that would possibly be passed by this monied body would be satisfactory to any portion of the working classes? Maybe 9% of Americans that still approve of Congress do.

With a legislative body only known for its inability to do anything, they have finally found a process which uses that inability to further the agenda of Power. I mean, look at the “solutions” these idiots are providing us. This isn’t a hard task, the deficit is not a complicated subject – no matter how much it is mystified and obscured for us. Stop the wars, close the bases, end the funding of death, tax the shit out of the rich, invest in our infrastructure, forgive people’s debt. But because the debt is such an important weapon against the poor, it goes directly against the interests of those in power to even fix it. We are in a position where the U.S. government can not right this ship because this is a country designed to cannibalize our poor in order to aid corporate-wealth. It is the same people warning us that the ship is sinking all the while hacking away at the hull.

The Occupy movement is a movement of class consciousness in America that is directly against those interests creating structures like the “super” Congress. It shows that we have entered a period of rebellion against the interests, but it doesn’t necessitate the working classes’ victory. This movement, like all liberation movements, will be attacked, will sustain attempts to hijack it, will have to fend of usurpers from the Power classes. The most important strategy will be understanding that those who have previously attempted to speak for the “people,” like the Democratic Party, are not allies to the Occupiers. Liberals, Progressives, Democrats do not have agendas that are compatible with liberation, but only seek to put a more friendly face on the crimes perpetrated against workers.

If in control, these forces will direct the massive energy of the Occupy movement into the process of our government, a place where all good ideas go to die. Like the Wisconsin union protests, if directed into a ballot-box, the Occupy movement will wither and accept a loss. A loss which will be portrayed as a victory by its new leaders, when they tell us not to be enemies of the “good.”

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Not that we ever needed to, but if we ever needed to prove to ourselves that the Tea Party protests were/are anything besides corporate-corralled dissent redirected into expressions of racism, misogyny, and staggering ignorance, the Tea Partiers reaction to the Occupy Wall Street movement provides all proof we could ever need. The predominately white, older, middle/upper class members of the Tea Parties have been seen taking every chance to insult and minimize OWS or its members, despite the overlapping portions of their agendas. The corporate and think tank controlled Tea Party decried the bailouts (among many other things, sensical and otherwise) too, so why does this Venn diagram refuse to meet? The strings attached to the Tea Party prevent any ability to recognize what all workers are suffering. It was designed to never do anything besides make noise and elect more capitalist politicians. So long as OWS can retain independence from a controlling authority like the Democratic Party or something similar, it flies in the face of the Tea Party’s agenda and abilities. 
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Sep 29

A Beautiful Anarchy

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An article caught my eye on MSNBC today, with the sub-title “We’re the first generation to say that voting is worthless.” What a wonderful and important concept! It’s nothing new for us, but kind of surprising to see on a corporate media website and written by the New York Times, I’d say. The article connects the dots between many of the revolutions and protests around the world this year including the current Occupy Wall Street campaign, even hinting at the futility of capitalist democracy. But before I lavish too much praise, it’s not as if it isn’t lacking some of the dots that should have been connected.
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The Occupy Wall Street protestors have had a rough time of it so far, and I think that speaks to their potential for change. If ineffectual,  the protestors would almost certainly not be beaten, harassed, or attacked. The liberal culture might even co-opt their ineffectuality and make it their own, as is seen all to often within protest movements that wither and die. We can take heart (no easy task, watching the brutality against these brave innocents) knowing that we are scaring power, and hope that these voices aren’t silenced. Ironically, our society advertises a celebration of protesting the status quo – as long as one keeps it cosmetic. As soon as protest is born of an action that has the potential to cause change, those pretenses quickly fall away. As we’ve seen several times in the recent past like the Battle in Seattle, Anti-War protests leading up to the Iraqi Invasion/Occupation, and the latest being the Occupy Wall Street protests; when the working classes’ protests become mobilized to an extent that Power sees a potential for destabilization of the status quo – we see the so-called freedom and liberty of the state instantly wash away.
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