Tom Atlee: Origins & Future of Occupy

Tom Atlee

Where did the Occupy Movement come from and where is it going?

The following New Yorker article is a good complement to the Bloomberg Businessweek article on David Graeber that I referred to in an earlier blog post.  It gives more background on how the original Occupy Wall Street idea emerged from Adbusters magazine.  It describes some of the de facto leaders who became particularly influential in OWS’s LEADERFUL unfolding.  (Note that I believe the adjective “leaderless” misses the whole point of the Occupy movement’s power, which involves inviting anyone and everyone into whatever diverse and often ad hoc leadership roles they have passion or competence for.)

I appreciate the article’s concluding insight that the recently forced evacuations of so many Occupy encampments – particularly the Wall Street one – is stimulating the Occupy movement to shift gears into new form(s) that are currently barely perceived and largely unpredictable.  The author helps us see all this through the eyes of the anarchists who have been its visionaries and facilitators.  We begin to sense how they can face the uncertain future of their movement with such positive – even thrilled – expectation.

It seems to me that OWS has for months been an inkblot – a Rorschach test – upon which diverse commentators project their individual hopes, fears, judgments and assumptions.  I wonder if now OWS is about to become an empty loom upon which diverse actors weave ten thousand strands of transformation that we can only vaguely sense but not fully see.  I suspect that loom, being merely an idea and an invitation, will not be readily suppressed.

Blessings on the Journey.



Pre-Occupied:  The origins and future of Occupy Wall Street
by Mattathias Schwartz
November 28, 2011

Joel Hirschhorn: Occupy Next Step Convergence


The US Occupy movement is at a critical point. To succeed it must develop a message of specific solutions to fix our broken system. People are seeing the next step as advocacy for constitutional amendments proposed through an Article V convention.

by Joel S. Hirschhorn

Monday, November 28, 2011

There is a growing convergence of thinking about where the US Occupy movement should go as a next step to turning its values, concerns and commitments into changing what most Americans see as broken government under control of corporate interests.  When it comes to political and social movements, history shows us that they usually fail not because they disappear, but rather because they become marginalized, unimportant despite a core group of committed people and groups.

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Mini-Me: When All Else Fails, Try Crowd-Sourcing

Civil Society, Collective Intelligence, Collective Intelligence, Director of National Intelligence et al (IC), Government, Intelligence (government), IO Impotency, Methods & Process
Who? Mini-Me?

U.S. Government Turns to Crowdsourcing for Intelligence 

National Defense, December 2011

By Dan Parsons

The Pentagon and U.S. intelligence community spend billions of dollars each year trying, with mild success at best, to predict the future.

They organize elaborate wargames, develop computer algorithms to digest information and rely on old-fashioned aggregation of professional opinion.

Past intelligence failures have been costly and damaging to U.S. national security. Trying to avoid previous pitfalls, agencies are on a constant treasure hunt for new technologies that might give them an edge.

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity in February solicited industry proposals for how to improve the accuracy of intelligence forecasting. Under the auspices of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, IARPA invests in research programs that provide an “overwhelming intelligence advantage over future adversaries.”

Applied Research Associates, a New Mexico-based firm, has launched a program it hopes will improve upon the traditional methods of gathering expert opinion by using computer software that could make better-informed predictions. The system chooses the best sources of information from a huge pool of participants.

ARA won the bid and started working on its Aggregative Contingent Estimation System, or ACES, in May.

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Phi Beta Iota:  A more nuanced understanding, from 55 top authors in the field, can be found in COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace (Earth Intelligence Network, 2008).

Mini-Me: Senate Authorizing Military to Lock Up Anyone Anywhere – Including US Citizens – without due process, indefinitely

07 Other Atrocities, 09 Justice, 10 Security, 11 Society, Civil Society, Corruption, Counter-Oppression/Counter-Dictatorship Practices, Cultural Intelligence, DoD, Government, IO Deeds of War, Military, Officers Call
Who? Mini-Me?

Senators Demand the Military Lock Up American Citizens in a “Battlefield” They Define as Being Right Outside Your Window

While nearly all Americans head to family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving, the Senate is gearing up for a vote on Monday or Tuesday that goes to the very heart of who we are as Americans. The Senate will be voting on a bill that will direct American military resources not at an enemy shooting at our military in a war zone, but at American citizens and other civilians far from any battlefield — even people in the United States itself.

Senators need to hear from you, on whether you think your front yard is part of a “battlefield” and if any president can send the military anywhere in the world to imprison civilians without charge or trial.

The Senate is going to vote on whether Congress will give this president—and every future president — the power to order the military to pick up and imprison without charge or trial civilians anywhere in the world. Even Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) raised his concerns about the NDAA detention provisions during last night’s Republican debate. The power is so broad that even U.S. citizens could be swept up by the military and the military could be used far from any battlefield, even within the United States itself.

The worldwide indefinite detention without charge or trial provision is in S. 1867, the National Defense Authorization Act bill, which will be on the Senate floor on Monday. The bill was drafted in secret by Sens. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) and passed in a closed-door committee meeting, without even a single hearing.

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See Also:

UDALL for Senate: Stop Detaining Americans Indefinitely

DefDog: CIA Implosion Third Commentary

Corruption, Cultural Intelligence, Government


You are both on track, and one thing Richard pointed out, “creeping amateurism in the leadership” is becoming institutionalized by their hiring young college grads with no military background.  These young folks are well intentioned but lack any understanding of military terms and thus do not understand when a combat commander asks questions.  The leadership is also removed from the real world of those he supports so we have what
is called death by powerpoint.

On the other hand, I am currently working with a retired military intelligence type, who doesn’t understand that putting together a weekly powerpoint briefing and emailing it out does not constitutes intelligence support.  We support a tactical organization and his brief goes to our higher-ups.   No concept here of supporting our actual customer, the tactical commander.  He is a product of PGIP and talking to others, that is what you get for your advanced degree, total disassociation from reality.

Phi Beta Iota:  Emphasis added.

See Also:

Richard Wright: More on CIA’s Continuing Implosion

Robert Steele: Iran Arrests Twelve CIA Agents

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