By Alberto Pupo
So where does the Occupy Movement go from here? What is the next step for the movement of the 99%? Does it forge forward and create a political party? Does it continue to move into Occupying physical spaces in a rage for territorial acquisition? Or will the Occupy Movement simply pack its bags and fold? The questions are endless especially asked by a salivating Corporate Media who would love nothing more than to destroy the movement’s reputation and dub it a terrorist organization. The time has here for the Occupy to make a decision to forge a path to potentially stay its course?
After numerous physical encampments, clashes with the police, protests left and right, for months on end the Occupy Movement is at a crossroads. Which path will it ultimately take especially in an election year? Will the Movement throw its lot with a political party? Support the Obama Administration? Or will the Movement completely throw its lot against them and support.. (well no Never Romney he is a 1 percenter). Many critics have wanted to see a list of demands and while there has been a loose consensus on where to go the Movement is as quixotic and mercurial as the American is. Many call for Occupy to become formal elect leaders, create a platform. A first blush a third party spin off from the Occupy Movement seems desirable. With a Movement of the people for the people embedded into the political arena then we can finally get change. Nebulous ideas about social justice can become beautiful pieces of legislation which well help turn around the world. But alas with becoming a conventional party , the Movement will then become susceptible to the realm of politics itself. The ideology of social economic justice may become compromised as the newly minted Occupy leadership will, have to find itself having to side with one of the major parties. Unfortunately the very system itself is a perpetual duopoly. As for joining the Republican or Democrat Parties Occupy Leadership will find itself having to embrace Big donor money and accept Corporate Money from the very same beasts that have been protesting against.
Naturally the political party path is not a way to go for the Movement. The Occupy Movement draws its power and force from those who make a part of it. Occupy is actually a social phenomena akin to the civil rights movement. So in essence what would be the best path for the Movement to take? Well in quoting the last Fascist President it would have to be “Stay the Course”. As a movement of the people for the people they can accomplish much more. Outside the realm of the conventional political world the Occupy Movement will not be beholden to Corporate Donors. They will not have to bend knee and swear fealty to donors in Super PACSS (whomever or whatever they may be), they won’t have to bend on principle and compromise on ideals with an easily corruptible and pliable Congress. They can continue to be a force in American society to serve as a check and balance against the forces which manipulate our society. The Occupy Movement is one of the best things to happen in America in a long time, it has given the people hope in a society which had lost so much of it. Now with a Corporate Driven election year the Movement can stay above the fray and continue to make its presence felt and keep the Politicians Honest and eventually pave the way for Change as only a Social Movement can accomplish.