Why America has militarized its police and crushes protests

Summary: Journalists have dissected the events in Ferguson, and now turn to the important question of police militarization during the past 20 years. We see the standard analysis: pictures of their equipment, pictures of SWAT in action, excessive focus on the details, and faux outrage over the story they ignored for so long. Here we … Continue reading Why America has militarized its police and crushes protests

Lessons from the failure of Occupy Wall Street, its lasting legacy

Summary:  This is chapter 46 in a series about how to reform America. Today we discuss lessons from the Occupy Wall Street Movement. OWS was a standard peasants' protest. Entertainment for participants, providing practice in infiltration and suppression by the police, ineffectual in results. Structurally and operationally they did almost everything wrong. They were large … Continue reading Lessons from the failure of Occupy Wall Street, its lasting legacy

The last prosecution from the Occupy movement: guilty! Reformers beware – suppression works.

Summary: As the last prosecution concludes from the Occupy Wall Street movement, now we can draw up lessons learned from OWS. Valuable lessons that must be learned to give a reform movement any chance of success. But first we look at the instructive case of Cecily McMillan, newly found guilty of assaulting a police officer … Continue reading The last prosecution from the Occupy movement: guilty! Reformers beware – suppression works.

Occupy & Tea Party are alike, both saving America through cosplay

Summary: Collective action is democracy in action, unrestrained by the machinery of the formal political parties. Does the surge in political action of the Occupy Wall Street and Tea Party Movement represent a new morning for America, appropriate at the start of a new millennium. Or are these peasants' protests, venting steam while the 1% … Continue reading Occupy & Tea Party are alike, both saving America through cosplay

We ask the mineshaft: what went wrong with the Tea Party Movement?

Summary:   The Tea Party Movement began with such hope and enthusiasm, and evolved into GOP shock troops -- in effect supporting what they opposed.  Such as bank-friendly policies.   We ask the mineshaft what went wrong?   {Aka ”ask the community”, from the German “Gemeinschaft”. See Wikipedia} Posts on the FM website quickly and correctly forecast that the … Continue reading We ask the mineshaft: what went wrong with the Tea Party Movement?