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What's The 99 Percent Solution
What's The Alternative
The more I look at things, the Wisconsin recall, upcoming rulings from the Supreme Court, etc. The more I think that maybe some of the members of the "Occupy" movement are correct in that the American system of politics and economics are both damaged beyond repair.
What I have not seen the %99 do well is articulate a solid vision for what an alternative to the "Corporate State" may look like. There are some Occupiers who would probably like to see some form of anarchy in the United States. The idea of autonomous city-states would be consistent with the sort of "leaderless resistance" that the Occupy movement seems to embody. Graham Purchase, in his pamphlet Anarchist Society & Its Practical Resolution, may echo why anarchy may have some support among members of the %99:
Social anarchism does not imply the absence of organization. Anarchists simply want to remove centralized government organization and coercive authority.
Those among the %99 not behind such a seismic shift, myself included, might like to see a "post-corporate" America as a social democracy. They look to Europe, especially the Nordic nations as a possible model. Iceland, to these people, may be the model of a successful %99 uprising.
The next issue, is how to replace the system. And this too seems to be an issue that the %99 have not addressed. The two choices seem to be a full-scale revolution, which may actually play more into the "%1" and "Tea Party" hands, as this might provide the backdrop to put their "strongman" in power, or to try and create a sort of "parallel state". If things like the "Free Store" and the garden that the Harrisburg, PA occupation are any example, at least some sort of "parallel economy", may be developing.
This movement has been going on since October of 2011, it's about time that it clarifies what it wants to move towards, and how to get there.