The corporate state understands and welcomes the language of force. It can use the Black Bloc’s confrontational tactics and destruction of property to justify draconian forms of control and frighten the wider population away from supporting the Occupy movement. Once the Occupy movement is painted as a flag-burning, rock-throwing, angry mob we are finished. If we become isolated we can be crushed.
Chris Hedges: The Cancer in Occupy
“Diversity of tactics” is not a “Black Bloc” idea. The original GA in Tompkins Square Park that planned the original occupation, if I remember, adopted the principle of diversity of tactics (at least it was discussed in a very approving fashion), at the same time as we all also concurred that a Gandhian approach would be the best way to go. This is not a contradiction: “diversity of tactics” means leaving such matters up to individual conscience, rather than imposing a code on anyone. Partly,this is because imposing such a code invariably backfires.
David Graeber: Concerning the Violent Peace-Police
Chris Hedges’ earlier position on Greece: The Greeks Get it
Don Gato: A Short Response to Chris Hedges
Carlo Bruzi: Bloc the Livestream (or How Occupy Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the Bloc)
A call to Oakland’s nonviolent movement
Chris Kasper on the Chris Hedges debate:
I’m a little surprised by the totalizing “either/or” arguments made regarding “the anarchists” and by our inability or unwillingness to listen to each other’s concerns. Chris Hedges maded some blunt generalizations, he also made some valid points. It’s surprising to hear thoughtful friends lash out at him, some of who sang his praises with every uncritical, positive statement he made about Occupy. It’s not so much Chris Hedges that concerns me, as it is the breakdown in communication and morale that is in the air lately. The sooner we pull in together and refuse to factionalize each other, the better. Meanwhile, the New York Giants and a million fans are in lower Manhattan, drinking and pissing in the streets without response from NYPD for a parade which rolls right past Zuccotti; and are providing cover for Bloomberg and Kelly as another unarmed African-American teenager was murdered by NYPD last weekend Let’s pick our battles a bit more selectively and try to build morale rather than set in on fire, throw it through a window or manage it away.
Anonymous to Black Bloc