‘Another Occupy

‘Another Occupy thread?’

Afraid so - reports of the demise of the Occupy movement have been slightly exaggerated. As henry_hart_Mk2 alluded to when he mentioned the ‘longevity of the protestors’ tactics. It appears we are witnessing the emergence of a new breed of political-lite activists, who are time-rich. With no clear objectives the movement could, theoretically carry on ad infinitum. However, only after a few months this movement is being transformed from a miniscule radical protest movement, into a highly influential arbiter of moral values in the Western world. Celebrities, the establishment, political elites, even the religious authorities have been falling over themselves to speak at the ‘GM’ in front of St Paul’s Cathedral (especially at the weekend), endowing the movement with moral authority. All this newfound moral authority being liberally showered over the Occupy movement from above has only emboldened them.

Occupy Bristol call for toilets, running water, and post delivery.  http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-15442391

Occupy: all process and no principles.                                           http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/printable/11556/

Such demands highlight future trends in the movement; they appear to be students of the dark arts of bureaucratic processes. This is Occupy’s defining feature, its ability to interact with established bureaucracies, and its current fetish like infatuation with the bureaucratic processes itself - hence, the completely bonkers demand to have post delivered to their campsite. Nevertheless, with the help of the state, here and there, they may just survive for a long period as a movement

Indeed, the movement has recently shown it has great potential in becoming just another bureaucratic tentacle of the state – witness in Britain how Occupy activists aided the Metropolitan Police (in the not so well publicised) arrest of over 170 supporters of the extreme right-wing group the English Defence League (EDL). Why? A rumour had spread from Occupy London activists that they were about to be attacked, this prompted the police to take the initiative – all this led to a ‘pre-emptive’ mass arrest of their political opponents the EDL, who where drinking in a public house about a mile away from the camp at the time. As the Occupy London activists pat the police on the back for a job well done suppressing their opponents, Occupy’s peace-loving, social injustice fighting, anti-establishment hating credentials begin to sound very, very hollow.

Who’s afraid of EDL? Occupy activists.  http://blogs.independent.co.uk/2011/11/17/who%E2%80%99s-afraid-of-the-edl-%E2%80%98clicktivists%E2%80%99/

Occupy sleeping with the enemy.                                                  http://www.spiked-online.com/index.php/site/printable/11558/

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