Who is the 99%

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It is impossible and irresponsible to define or attempt to lead the 99%, except as individuals in collective opposition to the 1%. Only by defining the 1% can this opposition movement be understood.

The 99% must be taken as anonymous and leaderless, as each individual need only share an opposition to the 1% and otherwise may differ in almost every other conceivable way.

Who is the 1%

The modern conspiracy of the 1%, both planned and as product of laziness, is to rob Humanity of its diversity through their economic leadership and investment. Wall Street is a cult which worships money in the same way Pythagorean number cults once worshiped numbers, and have clearly and cleverly defined what each of our lives is worth.

At the opening bell each of us is bought and sold in a low stakes video poker game, relative to the staggering income gap. And unlike the 99%, the 1% is small enough for their self-interests to coincide exactly, and so they’re the only ones in the position to value us according to their own criteria of what they feel is important in life.

when the laws undertake… to make the rich richer and the potent more powerful, the humble members of society… have a right to complain of the injustice to their Government.

Andrew Jackson

What the 1% Value becomes Valuable

Since the 1% have defined what is valuable, and have gathered the most of it, only they can now choose what is on television, which movies are green lighted, what businesses get loans, which literature and cultures survive, how we travel, where we get our energy and how much we pay, and who gets medicine, who lives and who dies, who gets elected and how they vote, and so on. They invented the purse, and now hold the strings.

[Anonymously, I’m not writing as a Marxist, but with more of a Small is Beautiful/Jeffersonian bias.]

It is inconceivable that some read Adam Smith’s ‘The Wealth of Nations’ not as a historical case study, but instead have conceived a myth that a Free Market has ever or will ever exist on our planet in nature, let alone will place an ultimate faith in such a concept, and worship it like a Platonic ideal. Is a mathematical formula more important or complete than a person? Or is it just a useful but incomplete likeness or model, a tool? There is no such thing as a perfect tool.

Democracy is our Tool

Humanity has invented many tools over the course our time on Earth, and societies have been shaped complexly by these inventions, both positively and negatively. Towns sprung up next to railroads, and the automobile shaped our sprawling cities, each innovation altering our social interactions and forcing us reevaluate ourselves and what we want. We have all learned to adapt to communication technologies, and then have replaced them when something better or less cumbersome is devised. Yet, like the failure of the Commonwealth of England (1660), it is if we have too little faith in democracy to self-govern even today, and have allowed another self-seated ruling class to dictate our course.

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Our system is broken but we can fix it. The solution will not come from a leader but this conversation within the 99% of us. A conversation about what we value and how we value labors of each other. In the age of the internet, social networking, open source, wikis, the Wiki-Tree concept (see video below), and countless innovations and tools I’m yet unaware, there must arise an elegant series of solutions from this conversation.

We owe it to ourselves, and the 1%, to provide our own solutions.

 

1% =  Bottleneck of Ideas

The same diversity which causes the press to ask who we are, and makes choosing one voice impossible, is our greatest strength. The lack of diversity of ideas, the bottleneck within the 1% is their greatest downfall, currently our shared downfall.

We all must be aware within the 99% that we cannot speak for everyone, as our diversity will lead to problems in communication. Therefore, as in Allegory of the Cave (the Matrix for some), it is the responsibility of each individual to take ideas and tools we discover and make them their own, begin your own important journey of discovery, and share it with your family and friends in ways that mean something to them.

We each can occupy where others cannot; we each experience what others cannot. We each can say what others cannot.

We are each invaluable, unique.

 

Occupy Art: Against the Machine

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“And if I haven’t fought for my country at least I’ll paint for her,” stated Delacroix while painting legal money lender which helped the diverse groups involved in the French Revolution see themselves as a people united in their efforts against their own 1%. The painting later inspired the gift of the Statue of Liberty to the United States.

Liberty Leading the People

Liberty Leading the People

Because artists, musicians, and creative individuals often shape how we see the world through their own vision, it is important that they participate creatively, lend their voice in imagining our future. Medium can be mightier than all the swords!

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From Street Art to its cousin the mural, poster art or comics, music or performance art — each can communicate what words co-opted by politics and advertising cannot.

 

Take a Seat! : Those who fast outside the house of thieves

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Another related tactic of civil disobedience is the Sit-in, which Wikipedia says Mohandas Gandhi may have borrowed from the Indian principle of Dharma where a person fasted outside the home of someone who owed them a debt.

While the Occupy movement has generally chosen to demonstrate in public spaces, the Sit-in tactic has often been employed in semi-public spaces (segregated restaurants in the past, but banks might be ideal today). Individuals across the country might consider employing other tactics in conjunction and support of the ongoing Occupy efforts.

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Flash Occupancy

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As in the game of Go, it is easier to surround an opponent, thus gaining their territory, if they only choose to occupy finite corners of the board. In fact, this is the only manner in which the 1% may appear to surround and hold the liberties of the 99% . . .

Liberties cannot be taken, they’re always given.

Sieges are often won by the force that lasts, as they’re logistically difficult to maintain. Within the history of civil resistance encampments often have been broken, such as at Ludlow or the tent camps of the Bonus Army, but their impact has resonated beyond their isolated corners.

The occupancies that are occurring today are unprecedented, yet benefit from a strategy that served the Freedom Riders, in that coast to coast, or worldwide,  all our hopes are not ultimately invested in the success or failure of one specific action or location. The aim is for a tipping point.

Occupy Flash Mobs

An innovative new tactic in civil resistance is the Smart Mob (Flash Mob), wherein a smaller group of activists is covertly dispatched to stage a coordinated creative action at a specific public or semi-public location within a comparatively brief window of time. The advantages of this tactic, used in support of the ongoing Occupy actions, would be that would allow the temporary occupancy of a larger territory of the social and physical landscape, better facilitating a GO strategy of expanded influence (corner, side, and then the center of the board).

 

If each action of these individual Smart Mobs, creative Flash Protests was YouTubed, then their viral value would be more important than their brief physical Top Painter and Decorator Liverpool. And the more artfully they’re done and entertaining, the more they might virally pierce the media blockade, and spread awareness of specific issues.

 

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