opinions on matters like the economy are anything but dichotomies.
in fact I bet you a million dollars that there’s a lot of overlap in thinking between the people on either side of that glass.
and I bet you one hundred million dollars that there are fundamentally different opinions on the protesting side alone (when I was at Occupy Montreal, Anarchists and Communists were protesting side by side. yeah.)
and anyone who is as small-minded as to believe that there is a Right-Wrong, Black-White, Up-Down to any single issue in the occupy movement is the exact kind of asshole who turns society into a stagnant mess.
but I guess USians are used to that kind of thinking, seeing as there’s only two (“opposing”) political parties down there.
To clarify, we weren’t talking about this in economic terms. Rather, we were talking about it in “people inside wearing suits and listening to conservative figures talk” vs. “people outside the event blocking the people from getting out.” The differences aren’t limited to opinions on the economy. We’re talking everything from lifestyle on down. Sure they might have political similarities without realizing it, but ultimately, they chose two different ways to present them. That is a dichotomy. (And come on, we’re friendly! No need for names! :( )
I didn’t destroy any property yesterday, but destruction of property is not violent.Derek Winslow • A demonstrator with the “Occupy Oakland” movement who was arrested early Thursday morning after overtaking a building in downtown Oakland. Winslow admitted that the occupation of the building, along with the ensuing fires that were set around the property to deter police, “wasn’t the best reaction, but we are frustrated.” More than 80 people were arrested after police deployed tear gas in the area. source (via • follow)
It’s not us, it’s a bunch of guys who wear black masks. It’s messing with our movement. They leech off our numbers — they only show up when there’s a rally.Oakland Occupier Michael Porter • Talking about the chaotic elements of last night’s protests, which culminated in the early morning break-in of a vacant building, eliciting teargas and flash grenades from the OPD. Porter’s comment on this is interesting — there have been reports of graffiti sprayed throughout the city bearing conflicting messages, such as “kill cops” versus “non-violence works better.” The protest’s General Assembly is expected to address this today. source (via • follow)