Thoughts on Oakland
I followed a link in Eureka Springs' comment on DCbloggers' Tweet of the Day post to Zunguzungu and then followed a link in that essay to an essay by Darwin Bond Graham, which provides some interesting background on the events that have taken place in Oakland in the last few years. It is very interesting reading and I recommend it. After digesting his ideas for a while, I went back and browsed G. William Domhoff's site and then thought of the connections to Corey Robin's book, The Reactionary Mind, which philosopher Gary Gutting, in a post dated February 1, 2012, says "presents conservatives as fundamentally committed to stopping “subordinate classes” from taking power from the ruling elite."
I don't see how anyone could possibly improve upon Gutting's analysis and confirmation of my opinion lies in reading the essay by Bond Graham.
So, where does that leave the Occupy movement? I think the time for the occupation camps is over and marches in the streets are becoming counter-productive because they provide opportunities for Black Bloc elements to create the conditions for even more oppression. I'm not active in the Occupy movement, so I have very little "standing", but I'd like to see a move in the direction of workers' cooperatives, community gardening, and other similar initiatives towards independence from capitalism. I don't think it is useful to go up against the power of the elite any longer - they have clearly demonstrated that they will not allow dissent, in a thousand ways. It is time to move on and establish institutions that empower us and enable us to achieve our goals.