Another occupy question for the anarchists out there:
One of the biggest drains of energy I saw was all of us fighting ceaselessly about appropriate tactics.
Ironically, the pacifists were the most aggressive and belligerent about these arguments.
These are important conversations, but it seemed like a waste of energy that could have gone into actual organizing or, heck, trying to maintain what was left of your life outside of occupy.
And I didn’t see any other options besides:
A: fight endlessly and bitterly
B: just give the liberals what they want.
Neither one seems particularly good.
Any thoughts about how we deal with this better the next time a significant and ideologically wide ranging popular movement pops up?
I seem to recall reading David Graeber (maybe it’s in “The Shock of Victory”) having a theory that all fights about tactics are simply proxy fights for larger issues. I don’t know if there’s any way to get around that in any movement that’s ideologically diverse. People with different ideologies are also going to have disagreements on tactics, even assuming they’re working toward similar goals.
Maybe I’ve got followers who have more insight or experience. Anyone want to take a crack at it?