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"The Activism Entry Point: Critiquing The Cancer in Occupy Debate" by Joseph Anderson

Longtime Berkeley activist Joseph Anderson weighs in on the ongoing debate around Occupy Oakland on the issue of diversity of tactics and the use of BlackBloc style tactics. He weighs in on the recent debate between Chris Hedges and Occupy Oakland organizer Kristof Lopaur.

The Occupy movement, Anderson says, cannot have both a diversity of people and a "diversity of tactics" at this time - and the movement can't shortcut the process of attaining, and retaining, the first by jumping to the second.

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Well, by now everyone in the Occupy movement is hotly debating "nonviolence" vs. "diversity of tactics", as recently so in, "Chris Hedges and Kristof Lopaur of Occupy Oakland debate black bloc, militancy and tactics," February 8, 2012, on KPFA in Berkeley, California.

Both Lopaur and Hedges made some critically weak, flawed, at times somewhat disingenuous or self-contradictory and, in Lopaur's case, often specious arguments in their radio debate. This so, even though I politically agree with Hedges, and although Hedges' recent commentary, "The Cancer in Occupy," seemed poorly supported journalistically. But, Hedges is dead on about, 'Go do violence under your own name, not the Occupy movement's.'

Hedges would have been better off just writing his opinion, presented analytically, but he deserves great credit for using his stature to get an "Anarchist"-suppressed, but mortally important, debate firmly out in the open and over progressive airwaves. Let me say that both of them have respectively done very good progressive work.

This is my partial, but most important, analytical response to Kristof Lopaur's (and those he represents) support for Black Bloc, or otherwise, "diversity of tactics" in the Occupy Movement. My main point: Occupy Oakland, and the Occupy movement, cannot have both a diversity of people and a "diversity of tactics" at this time - and the movement can't shortcut the process of attaining, and retaining, the first by jumping to the second.

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Read more:

 http://daveyd.com/

 link to hiphopandpolitics.wordpress.com

(with photos and comments section)

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 http://berkeleydailyplanet.com/issue/2012-02-14

 link to berkeleydailyplanet.com

(plain text copy, good for printing)

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My great appreciation to Becky O'Malley, publisher of the Berkeley Daily Planet in Berkeley, CA, and San Francisco Bay Area-based journalist Davey D of KPFA, Berkeley, CA, and publisher of DaveyD.com.


All Together in The Struggle,

Joseph Anderson

Berkeley, CA

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The Time Is Never Now 19.Feb.2012 11:56

boredwithliberals

Liberals always support militancy in the future or across the ocean. Shut up and make an argument that is an appeal to popularity, or a NIMBY stance.

@bored 19.Feb.2012 15:11

don't agree

Your view of liberals isn't accurate. Perhaps you're thinking about libertarians?

XOXO 21.Feb.2012 14:46

Cole

 http://concrete.blogsport.eu/2012/02/21/kill-occupy/

Giving up the experiences and skills of the established Anarchist movement, who have done much to steer Occupy Oakland away from the potentially dangerous populist course that was the very premise of the Occupy movement, would be a crucial fault at this point. Strength in numbers can not replace clarity of message and critical understanding of reality.