Everybody knows. It was so articulately put by the person at Occupy Wall Street whose sign read: THIS SHIT IS FUCKED UP AND BULLSHIT. We know it’s broken; we know the sock puppets have nothing to say. What has to frankly be described as a neo-fascist backlash was already underway even before Occupy Wall Street began. It can only intensify. Expect more attacks on reason and science. Expect more demands that someone be made to suffer so some imagined silent majority might feel good about themselves. Expect more pseudo-religious language about spiritual ‘debts’ and ‘sacrifices’, to be made by everyone except the ruling class itself. Expect more ‘threats’ to ‘security.’ Expect a few occupiers to become cops and a few cops to be come occupiers. That’s what neo-fascism looks like. But perhaps, with luck, the Occupation can continue to occupy enough of symbolic space, in part by occupying physical space, in part by occupying the vector, to shift the range of possibilities within the aesthetic economy of the overdeveloped world a few inches leftwards. Perhaps it can put back on the agenda the only worthy goal modernity ever had: the incremental overcoming of unnecessary suffering. Even if it is defeated, and neo-fascism has its day, the best university is now open, and it is, if not free, taking donations in kind. The Occupation is a living workshop in ‘communism’, but also in the gift economy of exchange. Every day, people buy stuff and covert it back into gifts to total strangers. Every day, people discover solidarity through camping together, cooking together, and picking up the trash. All that is as valuable as the General Assembly. Every day, people take time out from their jobs or caring for their families to just be in an occupied space. Not a few will have an existential crisis there. In those moments when the cops are not there to confront, and there’s nothing to buy – what the hell is one supposed to do? What is one supposed to be? This is the source of the strange psychogeography of occupied space. These spaces are poorly equipped, shoddily built exemplars of something remarkable. That there could be other social relations, besides finance, security and the commodity. That if any of this stuff is remotely scalable, then why do we even need this ruling class at all? http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/theory_and_event/v014/14.4S.wark.html

by Feng

this shit is fucked up and bullshit

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