Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Why We Have No Demands

Some people commenting on the Occupation movement sweeping America are saying that the movement needs to come up with specific demands. But this would be a big mistake.

It is a strength, not a weakness, that we are not making demands. We need a revolution. We all surely know that, don’t we? We need to remove the ruling class--the 1%, the plutocracy, the corporate elite, whatever one calls them—from power. We do not want this ruling class to do anything except to stop ruling. By making a demand on the ruling class, we would be saying to them that we want you to continue ruling, but to just make this or that reform in how you rule. Wrong!

Demands are messages to the rulers. We need, on the contrary, to direct our message to the ruled.

Our message is: Revolt against the rulers, remove them from power, abolish the capitalist system that is the basis of their power, and create a genuine democracy based on equality and mutual aid.

Please read "Thinking about Revolution" for more discussion of this.

2 Comments:

At 9:33 PM, October 06, 2011, Anonymous Bob Cable said...

Great idea: Speak to the 99%, not the 1%. They are deaf to demands anyway.

 
At 7:23 AM, December 01, 2011, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, a critical mass of people ready to act needs to be formed, people that are tired of our current society were the main driving forces are greed and fear.

 

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