So You’ve Decided To Smash The State

AnarchyAaron Cynic writes at Diatribe Media:

For more than three weeks, you’ve been out in the streets, raising your voices in unison to make a change. Not just a little change — there’s no law to tweek here or there that’s going to fix “the system.” Even the most right wing arch conservative republican knows that. This is why you’re demonstrating against Wall Street, against the slow corporate takeover of our government, against endless wars and endless greed. Your list of demands changes and grows. Your democratic process to make decisions beneficial to all who participate in the movement grows.

It’s beautiful.

It’s also one of the most difficult endeavors you’ll face in your entire life.

None of this will come easy.

We’ve already seen how police and other authorities have reacted to your kindred spirits in New York, Boston, LA, Seattle, and dozens of other cities. We’ve seen thousands of people arrested, beaten, gassed, and assaulted in the streets. We’ve seen shouting matches between police and protesters, between passersby and protestors and between occupiers themselves. It is anger, frustration and fear that fuels these confrontations, that causes humans to act so violently towards each other and has set our species into a downward spiral where we all suffer. None of this needs to happen. You have shown this. You continue to show this each day you adapt to new situations. Each time a confrontation is avoided, each time someone decides to use words instead of weapons, each time someone decides a conversation is better than an altercation.

While it feels good to act out in anger, to use that bottled up emotion to transform a symbol of corporate personhood into rubble, to resist becoming a captive of the police state, to tear every single cell that makes up this thing we call “the system” to shreds — you must not act out of anger. You must act instead, out of love. The system, the capitalist hegemony, the patriarchal structure, the empires that once were and are now, built themselves on the same emotions — anger, fear and frustration. Even the most democratic revolutions have seen the faces of the oppressed transform into the faces of oppressors. You do not have to let that happen. You must not let that happen.

Change is a constant in the universe. Change is what’s happening in every occupied city. Change is what’s happening right now to each one of you. Change is what’s happening to society as a whole. You are agents of that change, as are your friends and foes. No empire lasts forever. No nation lasts forever. No movement lasts forever. In the eyes of time even the largest empire is smaller than a grain of sand. You must remember this. Even if tomorrow, every occupied city clears out demonstrators and arrests and jails them, you will still go on, possibly together with friends and comrades in arms, possibly alone. But what you have done in the past three weeks, what you may do in the coming weeks, what you have learned and experienced, what you have seen — those things will carry on with you for the rest of your life.

Even if tomorrow all of your demands are met, you must not let it end there.

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  • Redacted

    I did?

    Did I sign something, because I’m not really into this “State smashing.” In fact I’m pretty well into “Statist” territory.

    Was I drunk?

  • Anonymous

    I did?

    Did I sign something, because I’m not really into this “State smashing.” In fact I’m pretty well into “Statist” territory.

    Was I drunk?

  • Yer Dad

    “You must act instead, out of love.”
    Yes, I believe that might just be it. Act out of desire for something better, for everyone, everywhere.
    No exceptions.

  • Yer Dad

    “You must act instead, out of love.”
    Yes, I believe that might just be it. Act out of desire for something better, for everyone, everywhere.
    No exceptions.

  • Mr Willow

    As I watch the Occupy movement—and watch is all I am regrettably able to do, for now, anyway—I hardly get the sense that it is an endeavour inspired by destruction. I see it more an agent of transformation. 

    True, if you interpret transformation as consisting of a smashing of the old guard to instate a new one, a dismantling of what has come to symbolise or represent a state of oppression in order to construct something built of respect, or the burning of a corrupt kingdom to make way for a democracy, then certainly that will have all the trappings of a revolution composed of struggle and violence—and certainly it is possible all paths may ultimately lead there. 

    But that is not what is occurring. Those are the methods of the powerful, and those that lust after it. The protesters, the rebels, the revolters assuredly carry resentment and anger for those of authority and those that control them, but they come brandishing no weapons, nor crying for executions (largely), but screaming for an end of this hierarchy, an end of the condescension, a relinquishing of such wide influence and control over various aspects of our lives the few have amassed over the many, and a forgoing of the processes that allowed all of it to arise. 

    The ideas that are expressed, and the voices used to express them, are little interested in the literal breaking of power—and again, that might be inevitable—but a shift in consciousness, where society looks at itself and recognises it is constructed and held together by individuals who not only wish to be treated, each of them, with respect and decency, to be regarded with equality—or at least a status according to their dispositions or actions rather than their possessions or constructions—but who want to collaborate, to negotiate, to discuss the methods by which we relate to each other or how we should work together. 

    Society does not have to be destroyed to be restructured. 

    Unfortunately, those of power are unlikely to simply surrender that power without force of some sort, and even if the sort of change expressed is somehow successful there are no guarantee no small group from simply assuming power afterward. Vigilance, always. 

    We all have opinions, voices, and each of them—I am of the opinion—must be recognised and considered in the governing of this new civilisation, or nation. We either all have a voice, or none of us do. 

  • Mr Willow

    As I watch the Occupy movement—and watch is all I am regrettably able to do, for now, anyway—I hardly get the sense that it is an endeavour inspired by destruction. I see it more an agent of transformation. 

    True, if you interpret transformation as consisting of a smashing of the old guard to instate a new one, a dismantling of what has come to symbolise or represent a state of oppression in order to construct something built of respect, or the burning of a corrupt kingdom to make way for a democracy, then certainly that will have all the trappings of a revolution composed of struggle and violence—and certainly it is possible all paths may ultimately lead there. 

    But that is not what is occurring. Those are the methods of the powerful, and those that lust after it. The protesters, the rebels, the revolters assuredly carry resentment and anger for those of authority and those that control them, but they come brandishing no weapons, nor crying for executions (largely), but screaming for an end of this hierarchy, an end of the condescension, a relinquishing of such wide influence and control over various aspects of our lives the few have amassed over the many, and a forgoing of the processes that allowed all of it to arise. 

    The ideas that are expressed, and the voices used to express them, are little interested in the literal breaking of power—and again, that might be inevitable—but a shift in consciousness, where society looks at itself and recognises it is constructed and held together by individuals who not only wish to be treated, each of them, with respect and decency, to be regarded with equality—or at least a status according to their dispositions or actions rather than their possessions or constructions—but who want to collaborate, to negotiate, to discuss the methods by which we relate to each other or how we should work together. 

    Society does not have to be destroyed to be restructured. 

    Unfortunately, those of power are unlikely to simply surrender that power without force of some sort, and even if the sort of change expressed is somehow successful there are no guarantee no small group from simply assuming power afterward. Vigilance, always. 

    We all have opinions, voices, and each of them—I am of the opinion—must be recognised and considered in the governing of this new civilisation, or nation. We either all have a voice, or none of us do. 

  • elBlogDePier

    As Markuse put it, in modern capitalism everything will be assimilated by the system.

    When a system is build around the whole idea of not letting people participate in power, it will never allow a radical change to benefit the majority. The only logical conclusion is that to make that radical change we need to start over with a new system… and that only means destruction.

    Wether that destruction will come from the people (and thus that new system will come from choice), or the destruction will come from the system falling apart (and thus the new system will come by consequence) is another matter.

    I really hope I’m wrong.

  • Anonymous

    As Markuse put it, in modern capitalism everything will be assimilated by the system.

    When a system is build around the whole idea of not letting people participate in power, it will never allow a radical change to benefit the majority. The only logical conclusion is that to make that radical change we need to start over with a new system… and that only means destruction.

    Wether that destruction will come from the people (and thus that new system will come from choice), or the destruction will come from the system falling apart (and thus the new system will come by consequence) is another matter.

    I really hope I’m wrong.

  • Christopherdemilio

    I would be one of those people lumped into the “disapproving progressives” party, but that was very well written.  Kudos.

  • Christopherdemilio

    I would be one of those people lumped into the “disapproving progressives” party, but that was very well written.  Kudos.

  • http://twitter.com/stanchaz stan chaz

     I am new to the web, so correct me if I am wrong.  But ….it seems to me that Disinformation , a news-and-commentary source/resource that I have come to rely on and to trust…is not covering the Occupy Wall Street Movement to the extent and depth that it should, in my humble opinion. Every website / news site has it’s own bias as to what is important …what is news…and  what information and ideas to share with its readers. But I had hoped for something better from Disinformation in this case. Is there a reason for this? Is there some basic conflict or disagreement between the hardy souls out there in OWS and the powers that be at Disinformation? By the way, I don’t feel that the thrust of OWS is to “smash the state”, as your title shouts out so boldly. In a few short weeks, withe the media’s help (maybe not Disinformation though) OWS has managed to change the tone and direction of the national conversation, in a positive way. Which is no mean accomplishment. Some of the next steps can and should be concrete efforts-  like forcing Governor Cuomo’s hand- in order to extend the current NYS millionaire surtax, which expires on December 31st of this year if there is no action, and no outcry. Ideals need to be turned into into action, words into deeds. (Contact Gov. Cuomo at:www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php Or at (518) 474-8390 or at: Governor Andrew Cuomo NYS State Capital Building Albany, N.Y. 12224.)  As Ghandi said “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”; We WILL win change…We ARE winning change…..change for the better!

    • quartz99

      Disinfo isn’t a news outfit. This blog posts stories submitted by its readers and very rarely posts independent stories. That’s actually one of the reasons I read Disinfo because that means the stories come from a much broader spectrum of sources and draw from every contributor’s news sources. So if you see a lack of stories about something, it’s because no one submitted one or because the stories submitted weren’t posted.

      That said, Disinfo has had more stories — and more diverse stories — about OWS than most other news sources I’ve seen. Just scroll back.

    • Anarchy Pony

      There have been quite a few OWS posts over the last couple weeks, but disinfo isn’t exactly a news service that updates every five minutes. There are maybe between 5 and 15 new posts everyday.

  • http://twitter.com/stanchaz stan chaz

     I am new to the web, so correct me if I am wrong.  But ….it seems to me that Disinformation , a news-and-commentary source/resource that I have come to rely on and to trust…is not covering the Occupy Wall Street Movement to the extent and depth that it should, in my humble opinion. Every website / news site has it’s own bias as to what is important …what is news…and  what information and ideas to share with its readers. But I had hoped for something better from Disinformation in this case. Is there a reason for this? Is there some basic conflict or disagreement between the hardy souls out there in OWS and the powers that be at Disinformation? By the way, I don’t feel that the thrust of OWS is to “smash the state”, as your title shouts out so boldly. In a few short weeks, withe the media’s help (maybe not Disinformation though) OWS has managed to change the tone and direction of the national conversation, in a positive way. Which is no mean accomplishment. Some of the next steps can and should be concrete efforts-  like forcing Governor Cuomo’s hand- in order to extend the current NYS millionaire surtax, which expires on December 31st of this year if there is no action, and no outcry. Ideals need to be turned into into action, words into deeds. (Contact Gov. Cuomo at:www.governor.ny.gov/contact/GovernorContactForm.php Or at (518) 474-8390 or at: Governor Andrew Cuomo NYS State Capital Building Albany, N.Y. 12224.)  As Ghandi said “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.”; We WILL win change…We ARE winning change…..change for the better!

  • Anonymous

    Disinfo isn’t a news outfit. This blog posts stories submitted by its readers and very rarely posts independent stories. That’s actually one of the reasons I read Disinfo because that means the stories come from a much broader spectrum of sources and draw from every contributor’s news sources. So if you see a lack of stories about something, it’s because no one submitted one or because the stories submitted weren’t posted.

    That said, Disinfo has had more stories — and more diverse stories — about OWS than most other news sources I’ve seen. Just scroll back.

  • David Campbell

    I get a little annoyed at the USA-cetric feeling of this post. This is global it has as much meaning in China as Brazil. We are wanting DemoKratia (Demo=people, Kratia=power). This is a human desire and dare I say the enviroment that nutures our most decent universal values. See :http://iwillknow.jesaurai.net/?p=490
    Universal Values – bound by hugs divided by ladders which argues that vertical connections force greed and fear and horizontal relationships altruism and acceptance of change.
    DemoKratia (I’m not using democracy anymore for that’s what we have and it is not) allows intrinsic decency.

    Oh and Adbusters is getting behind the Robin Hood tax. Finally we have one unifying cause. One great demand. Get behind it. http://iwillknow.jesaurai.net/?p=541

  • David Campbell

    I get a little annoyed at the USA-cetric feeling of this post. This is global it has as much meaning in China as Brazil. We are wanting DemoKratia (Demo=people, Kratia=power). This is a human desire and dare I say the enviroment that nutures our most decent universal values. See :http://iwillknow.jesaurai.net/?p=490
    Universal Values – bound by hugs divided by ladders which argues that vertical connections force greed and fear and horizontal relationships altruism and acceptance of change.
    DemoKratia (I’m not using democracy anymore for that’s what we have and it is not) allows intrinsic decency.

    Oh and Adbusters is getting behind the Robin Hood tax. Finally we have one unifying cause. One great demand. Get behind it. http://iwillknow.jesaurai.net/?p=541

  • Guestar

    You can’t fight greed because it’s just part of who people are. Yes, there is a top 1% scamming big bucks from the other 99%; but no, there’s not 1% bad people and 99% poor innocent people in this country. It all a matter of incentives, if you cut off the head but don’t change the system, the head will eventually grow back the same as before.   

  • Guestar

    You can’t fight greed because it’s just part of who people are. Yes, there is a top 1% scamming big bucks from the other 99%; but no, there’s not 1% bad people and 99% poor innocent people in this country. It all a matter of incentives, if you cut off the head but don’t change the system, the head will eventually grow back the same as before.   

  • Anti-Citizen1

    There have been quite a few OWS posts over the last couple weeks, but disinfo isn’t exactly a news service that updates every five minutes. There are maybe between 5 and 15 new posts everyday.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    There have been quite a few OWS posts over the last couple weeks, but disinfo isn’t exactly a news service that updates every five minutes. There are maybe between 5 and 15 new posts everyday.

  • Anarchy Pony

    I’d love to be out there storming the barricades, but the will to take that level of action isn’t there yet, and anyone who “jumps the gun” is going to get put down hard. Peaceful protest won’t accomplish anything unless it truly involves the majority of a populace. Time will tell how this will play out, cause right now I’d call anyone who claims to know what is going to happen a liar.

    • Redacted

      You speak straight to the point.

      • Anarchy Pony

        I try. I find people that bullshit and needlessly stretch things out to be insufferable.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    I’d love to be out there storming the barricades, but the will to take that level of action isn’t there yet, and anyone who “jumps the gun” is going to get put down hard. Peaceful protest won’t accomplish anything unless it truly involves the majority of a populace. Time will tell how this will play out, cause right now I’d call anyone who claims to know what is going to happen a liar.

  • Anonymous

    You speak straight to the point.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    I try. I find people that bullshit and needlessly stretch things out to be insufferable.

  • Anti-Citizen1

    I try. I find people that bullshit and needlessly stretch things out to be insufferable.

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