Yesterday KenElwood posted a link to an interesting article on the more global “Occupy” movement. The movement in Europe is more advanced (has been going on longer) than its American counterpart and has somewhat petered out over there according to the article.
“Boredom, Disempowerment, and Consensus Obstruct Growth”
The emphasis above is mine. The “occupiers” in the US as well as Europe have chosen consensus as their primary group decision making method. I would guess that is the primary reason the movement is withering. Consensus can work in small groups of likeminded people, but the occupiers, from what I can see are a vast and very diverse group of people spanning all political spectrums. They’re the 99% after all right? In any case consensus is the wrong way to go for such a diverse movement, because in the end what happens is decisions don’t get made, and people become bored (because nothing new is happening), and disempowered (because their protests are accomplishing nothing in terms of real change).
One point that the author made that I agree with is that even though the Occupations seem to be on the wane, the frustration and anger of the people is still very much alive. When people are angry and frustrated, and desperate for change and afraid of what the future might hold for them, they can be easily manipulated. Just show them a bogeyman and they will attack it viciously. Whether the bogeyman is “greed” or “terr’rism” matters not to the true enemy of the people. To the real 1%, these are the tools of control.
So what’s my answer?
I don’t have only one, because there isn’t one single answer. Instead there are billions of individual answers, and their power to change the world, once realized, will be unstoppable. Rather than trying to achieve consensus, the Occupiers should be looking at a market of ideas and selecting the path toward change that appeals to them, and then take action to make that change happen in their personal lives. –Find your path and follow the path.
Don’t wait for permission, don’t wait for political action, don’t wait for consensus, and don’t rely on the actions of others to change your circumstances. Your life should not be dictated by any other prerogative than your own (i.e. what is best for you and your family, and what community you adopt as yours). Like I said before, make your own change.
As you do so you will be noticed by others looking for change, and if others see your path as the “right path” for them, they too will follow your example and make similar changes in their own lives. Over time that individual action, which seems as small and insignificant as the flapping of a butterflies wings, will gain the force of a hurricane, and change the world.
Take action to affect the change you desire in your own life. Remove from your life all connections to the systems that are enslaving you and you will find that all frustration, anger, and fear you once felt has melted away and is replaced by a stronger sense of self-reliance, of community, of confidence.
The next true revolution will not be one of sudden mass political demonstration and upheaval, or wars for the control of the apparatus of State (even if those things do happen, they will not affect real change from the status quo). The next revolution will grow organically from the actions of like-minded individuals working together in small groups to create self-sufficient physical and/or virtual communities that in time will make the Corporate State System irrelevant.