which is a celebration of the “process” of “consensus” at Occupy Wall Street.
Erm, grumpy old man here, but the bit (1;20ish) where one guy says “there is no hierarchy” and that is then repeated and repeated by the rest of the crowd (no microphones allowed, y’see) . Shouldn’t that be spliced/mashed up with that bit in the Life of Brian when Brian beseeches the throng “you’re all individuals” and everyone shouts back “yes, we’re all individuals”?
That would be a youtube sensation, methinks.
What I am trying to say:
While it’s great to see this stuff going down, esp in the States (which has always had lots going on, just not in the MSM), I distinctly remember the same fervour to ‘be heard’ and ‘now they have to listen to us’ after Seattle 1999.
It’s NOT that everyone’s voice is heard, or can be heard in ‘consensus’. That’s a ridiculous statement, patently false (and self-serving?) Surely what’s crucial to keeping newbies (yes, yes, dreadful term) is that they get to find some outlet for their energy and skills, that they get mentored to increase their skills, within the broader context of a set of ‘winnable’ but radical/worthwhile demands – what Michael Albert calls “non-reformist reforms”. The idea that the key to getting and keeping new folks is that their voice is heard is dangerously delusional. In my ever-so-humble opinion.