This blog would like to function as a warehouse for anti-capitalist // anti-state texts of leaflets, posters, and statements that have come from or are about OCCUPYSTL. We are not the official voice of OCCUPYSTL, nor do we want to be. We merely would like to create space for an anarchist perspective.
We do this with the hope that those that don’t agree with our perspective see this as invitation to create their own virtual space to articulate their own position. The quicker we can find ourselves as individuals and small clusters, the quicker we can find commanlity, overlap and a way forward as a larger OCCUPYSTL. If your response to this site is to begin internally policing OCCUPYSTL, please think twice and instead of trying to stop one another, we simply encourage you to make your own.
TO ANARCHISTS LOCALLY, REGIONALLY, INTERGALATICALLY
We have found inspiration in OCCUPYSTL. As anarchists seeking ways out of this mess of a world, how could we not be at least curious (and if we can overcome the cynicism inherent in having our hearts broken so many times, outright excitement) about a group that for the last few nights has had 100-200 people making decisions, planning actions, and discussing problems with the world as non-hierarchical group. There are obvious inconsistecies and short-comings with the OCCUPY movement, but we’ve seen this as an invitation and a challenge to articulate ourselves, as anarchists, better.
Something that may or may not make OCCUPYSTL unique from other occupations is that it has repeatedly suppressed the advances of people seeking to be leaders of it, and for the moment does seem to be genuinely leaderless. And while some people at assemblies have tried to stress that OCCUPYSTL needs to adhere to the principles and the lead of OCCUPYWALLST, such proposals have so far been met with counter arguments: that we can be inspired by Wall St. but that we’re our own group and can define ourselves as we see fit. Along with the internal suppression of managers and the constant reiteration that we need to remain autonomous (often times coming from people we’ve never met before), we have so far been able to function as an informal voice that has helped provoke and influence the character of conversations, policies and actions. Though there is a lot to be critical of and disheartened by, we would like to continue engaging and being a part of OCCUPYSTL for as along as we have the energy for it.