Forum Post: THIS MIGHT BE THE TRICK to the movement spinning into a virtuous cycle that can't be stopped
Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 22, 2012, 10:06 p.m. EST by therising
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I think many people around the country are in agreement that we should take action on income disparity, health care, global warming, fracking and other environmental reforms, reinstating Glass Steagall, overturning Citizen United, enacting campaign finance reform, reevoking the corporate personhood law, closing corporate tax loopholes, ending corporate welfare, raising taxes on upper incomes, addressing US job outsourcing etc. (Thanks Underdog for reminding me of the common list that many seem to gravitate towards).
The trick seems to be continually identifying ways to raise public consciousness so more join in whatever specific initiatives arise.
At the same time natural human weaknesses and also very intentional corporate forces will push back. And then the question is, which force will be stronger?
I'd like to think that there are ways that virtuous cycles large and small can begin and grow with a momentum that can't be stopped. It's intriguing to study strategies and tactics that will facilitate those virtuous cycles. Gene Sharp, Gandhi, Martin King, Jr. and many others have a lot to say about that and I think we'd be wise in the second big wave of Occupy to utilize even more of their tactics.
In the end, obviously, it's the heart of the message that's most important. I'm just personally fascinated by how we can spread that message exponentially.
Martin Luther King, Jr. said the following in his "Letter from the Birmingham Jail":
"Nonviolent direct action seeks to create such a crisis and foster such a tension that a community which has constantly refused to negotiate is forced to confront the issue. It seeks to so dramatize the issue that it can no longer be ignored. My citing the creation of tension as part of the work of the nonviolent-resister may sound rather shocking. But I must confess that I am not afraid of the word "tension." I have earnestly opposed violent tension, but there is a type of constructive, nonviolent tension which is necessary for growth. Just as Socrates felt that it was necessary to create a tension in the mind so that individuals could rise from the bondage of myths and half-truths to the unfettered realm of creative analysis and objective appraisal, we must we see the need for nonviolent gadflies to create the kind of tension in society that will help men rise from the dark depths of prejudice and racism to the majestic heights of understanding and brotherhood."
"The purpose of our direct-action program is to create a situation so crisis-packed that it will inevitably open the door to negotiation. I therefore concur with you in your call for negotiation."
Here's the entire "Letter from the Birmingham Jail": http://abacus.bates.edu/admin/offices/dos/mlk/letter.html . It's a treasure and is as timely as ever.
- NOTE: Others have pointed out wisely that there is a progression to this:
FIRST we need to work on helping a larger percentage of Americans to realize the fundamental message that's explained well in this short, entertaining and accessible video about the corporate hijacking of our democracy.. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k5kHACjrdEY&feature=youtube_gdata_player .
And THEN, once that fundamental truth of the corporate takeover of our republic has penetrated the public consciousness in countless ways from countless sources, his newly awakened populace will be hopping' mad and ready for action. Then we'll be in a better position to do thing like what's described in this post: http://www.occupywallst.org/forum/you-may-have-seen-this-list-of-8-practical-goals-b/