We need a new kind of actions

Occupy started marvellous. Unexpectedly thousands of squares in the whole world were occupied and the target was clear, the greedy rich, the financial centres, the people who caused the crisis. There are still many actions in the political field but Occupy can only distinguish itself as a new force with an exclusive target (the 1%) that nobody has on its agenda.Most actions are reactions on what happens in the political world, the NDAA, the lack of jobs, the sackings, the G8, the NATO, the rising poverty, the foreclosures, etc. Honourable targets but it does not activate all 99% and neither the political leaders nor the 1%, who continue to reap the fruits of the crisis, are much disturbed.

Actions are mostly reactions on what the other side does, not about how some people continue to benefit tremendously. The deeper causes of all misery are not attacked and the power and the money of the 1% is not under pressure. There is hardly any change. So why should the 99% join Occupy?

Appealing successes are lacking and the attractive and unifying target, the 1%, disappeared. On Occupy sites the words “the 1%” are hardly used anymore and most attention is directed on the puppets of the 1%, the politicians. Direct pressure on the 1% is hard to find. The new inspiring ideas of Occupy have withered away and despite the spring actions Occupy seems to stagnate. 

Without successes the 99% will not participate in the struggle against the 1%. Some actions are still directed against corporations and banks, but the CEO’s and the bankers continue to live undisturbed their extravagant and privileged life.
Something new is needed! 

The target, the place, the time and the how of the present actions are highly influenced by others somewhere up there. We should start new unpredictable actions against the 1% on the place, the time and the how we decide.
The simple target to take the power and the money away from the 1% will attract many 99%.

Joost van Steenis


About Joost van Steenis

My latest book "How to make Revolution, developing the Fourth People's Power", can be downloaded for free from my site http://members.chello.nl/jsteenis. It contains new ideas how to take the money and power away from the most powerful people, the elite. It strives to get a new society in which not money is the pivotal point of all discussions but the idea that all people have the same status. New action means are introduced to reach this paradigm shift (a revolution) that concentrate on direct actions in the living sphere of the elite.
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  17. Michael Messina-Yauchzy says:

    Joost, I’ve read several of your blog posts now concerning a “new kind of action” against the one percent, but (pardon me for being blunt) your idea still seems very vague. Please give one specific example, real or fictional, of the kind of action you are proposing. And let me be clear, it is only nonviolent action that will interest me.

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  20. Bruce Eggum says:

    Joost please clarify what you think we must do. The “Occupy” did pull millions together which is needed. Now how can we as a “group” make demands which will lead to necessary legislation? I favor each country [and the World Group] developing Initiatives with Binding Referendum. The Initiatives of course must comply with Values and Principles of the group.

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  22. Paul Tremble says:

    I agree, but it is not all the 1% that the problem lies with. The real problem worldwide is Zionism. The people that really control the worlds governments and financial systems are Zionists. Nothing will change for the better while they are at the helm. They must be arrested and thrown in Gitmo for what they have done/ intend to do.

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