Since Sept. 17th, protesters have been occupying Zuccotii Park in the Wall St. financial district of New York City. At first not many people outside of the original call to action paid any notice, but gradually the movement grew. On Oct. 1st they marched over the Brooklyn Bridge and experienced one of the largest mass-arrests in US history.
Their movement caught fire.
Right now there are hundreds of occupations taking place within the United States and over a thousand actions of solidarity worldwide. But a quick glance at the idiot box doesn't attest to this revolutionary reality:
Sure, you can write Glenn Beck, Bill O'Reilly and even John Stewart off as not serious journalists. After all, Charlie Rose recently interviewed Amy Goodman and Chris Hedges didn't he? But then, there's a huge gap between the size of Charlie's audience and the rest of the media.
The masses do not take, are being advised not to take, the occupation seriously. At the same time they don't take themselves seriously. Humor, or at least levity, is a vital tool for communication and living in general. The REVOLUTION will be won and lost on the battlefields of recruitment. A dialogue needs to be opened with the purposefully misinformed. We are going to need translators from the hippie to the common man. And they're going to need to bring their sense of humor.
I'm not claiming that every protest is necessarily counter-culture, or even that you can't find idealists in Main St. I'm just acknowledging that there are a lot of different types of people out there. We are going to need all of their support if we hope to reinvent our democracy here in America. Look at the ambassadors who tour constantly for violent systems, blaring at people on tv and saturating the internet with their sophism.
Have you ever read a conservative chain email? Have you ever suffered through a talking head on tv? This is the realm of purposeful deception, very sophisticated stuff, narratives that are amusing and scary and fall apart at the simplest analysis.
But people aren't being provided analysts. We aren't actively deconstructing these complex lies that we've been force-fed all our lives. At least, we aren't doing it on the Main St level in language an average person can understand. In this respect, the movement is not acting inclusively.
Some say these protesters have to be mindful of their image, that they should tone down their personalities if they want the world to take them seriously. I say that you can have your cake and eat it too. That's the new paradigm: you get what you deserve and you deserve the opportunity to realize your potential, through civics as well as self-expression.
Which brings us back to the translators. The world would be much easier if we all spoke the same language, but isn't it nice to appreciate the subtleties of French or the germanity of German? To paraphrase a current Mexican revolutionary, the goal should be a world in which smaller worlds can live, a deep human ecology. This type of nuanced complexity falls within the realm of art. Yes, my fellow kickstarters, it is going to take a great writer to make REVOLUTION accessible.
Luckily, you can hire my talents for only $10,000
Informed writing with a revolutionary slant and a dash of irreverence, that is what I bring to the table. Who I hope will join me are thousands of common man editors who can make sure that I get the tone right, as well as do justice to the subject matter. Who I hope will read this book is every single American. Maybe a couple foreigners thrown in for good measure.
The complete American's Guide to REVOLUTION. Because every protest movement should come with a study guide, every bathroom in America deserves some interesting reading material, and everyone is a revolutionary.
They just don't know it yet.
A quick point on ambassadors and spokespeople: real action requires real advocacy. I agree 100% with the horizontal open-sourced flattened pyramid model and in no way want to claim that my opinions are those of the movement. I would just like to do my part to get more people involved.
Help me sell REVOLUTION like soap. With your support, I will be able to write for up to six months from the heart of the occupation and access the collective wisdom of the 80+ working groups doing the intellectual heavy-lifting of imagining a better world.
Yours for the REVOLUTION,
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