• UndisciplinedPhD commented on the diary post Whatever Happened to Occupy Madison? by UndisciplinedPhD.

    2013-04-12 08:49:08View | Delete

    A small point is that in speaking of “bringing the 1% together,” I suspect you meant the 99%; the 1% already seem to be together and have a good bipartisan coalition, based on the chained CPI proposal!

    Ooops! Yes, you are absolutely right! I’ll correct it ASAP. And thanks so much for your comments.

  • UndisciplinedPhD wrote a new diary post: Whatever Happened to Occupy Madison?

    2013-04-12 03:36:50View | Delete

    ThumbnailBack in November 2011, Kevin Gosztola visited Madison, Wisconsin as part of his tour distributing funds collected by FDL for various Occupy encampments. We took Kevin to Menards to buy tarps and large plastic bins with lids that the group said they needed. It was cold and rainy and the ragtag group was trying to figure [...]

  • UndisciplinedPhD commented on the blog post The Health Care Lose-Lose Scenario Facing Democrats

    2012-06-22 11:24:12View | Delete

    Striking the mandate while leaving in place coverage to age 26, no denial for pre-existing conditions & the rest will actually result in an improved law and take away significant profts from the health insurance industry.

    (bolding added)

    That’s exactly why I’ll be surprised if this pro-corporate court rules that way.

    Katherine

  • An issue I have not seen written about and that I am still mulling over myself (and so bear with me as I try to put it into words) is that many of the people out there protesting were new to this. They either were not seasoned activists or had participated in any protest since the 70′s. They joined in when others started. This was true of all of the state workers that I personally know.

    And so when it came down to, where do we take this energy? Many did not know. Intuitively, the state workers I know thought the next logical step was a general strike. But they didn’t know how to organize one and were understandably afraid of being fired.

    And the local union leadership was no help! Several persons close to me belong a union which shall remain nameless. This union provided tee-shirts, called them all out to march and rally together one day. It was freakin’ cold, but out they went. Afterwards, fired up by the rally, march, and Tom Morello, they went to a meeting. What do we do next? was their question. They were rarin’ to go.

    But guess what? Their union leaders WERE NOT THERE!!! I mean literally were not present. Here are all these people, fired up and ready to act, and no one to lead. Most had no experience in activism, and weren’t sure themselves. I can’t tell you how dejected my people were when they came to my apt after this (I was preparing food for my friends and family out protesting.)

    I swear, this is a true story. Makes me wonder what was going on with the other unions. One friend of ours was so disgusted with the union leadership (or lack thereof) he actually quit his job and ran for a union leadership post.

    Another factor I’ve been mulling over is that many of the protesters were middle class professionals. As I told a friend at the time, these are the people who run the system. They generally believe in it – though they recognize its many flaws. And so a recall – a reform working within the system – made sense to a lot of them. Even though intuitively, among those I know, they sensed a general strike or some other direct action was the logical next step from the protests.

    Katherine

  • UndisciplinedPhD wrote a new diary post: I Am So Confused!

    2012-06-07 13:21:01View | Delete

    Sorry to write a non-political post, but I need to get a message to FDLers. Sorry to be dense about this, but what is the “friends” function for?? I’m not on Facebook or anything. I’m very flattered that some individuals sent notifications that they wanted to be “friends.”  But I just saw those notifications today, [...]

  • UndisciplinedPhD commented on the diary post Wisconsin Recall Exit Polls: 60% Say Recalls Are Only for Official Misconduct by Phoenix Woman.

    2012-06-07 13:10:24View | Delete

    That’s a pretty convenient exit poll. I did, however, see an ad about this, paid for by the Koch brothers or one of their groups. The way it was put together was masterful – the people in it were very believable Wisconsinites. I only happened to see the ad on Democracy Now. Still, I think [...]

  • UndisciplinedPhD commented on the diary post Divide and Conquer in Wisconsin and Beyond by UndisciplinedPhD.

    2012-06-07 12:09:20View | Delete

    What a marvelous post! So beautifully stated. Thanks so much for your comments.

    Katherine

  • UndisciplinedPhD wrote a new diary post: Divide and Conquer in Wisconsin and Beyond

    2012-06-07 10:15:03View | Delete

    ThumbnailThe post mortems on the disastrous recall defeat in Wisconsin have begun and many of them rightly focus on factors such as the role of money, the failure of Democrats and labor unions to get their message out, and the flawed strategy of channeling activist energy solely into electoral politics.  But I want to focus on [...]

  • UndisciplinedPhD commented on the diary post Report from Chicago Spring: Reflections on Where the Movement Stands by TarheelDem.

    2012-05-31 04:31:38View | Delete

    Thanks so much for a marvelous post, elucidating all kinds of complexity in the actions in Chicago. I really appreciate your even-handedness and thoughtfulness.

    Katherine

  • UndisciplinedPhD commented on the diary post Wisconsin Recall Reveals the True DNC Agenda by UndisciplinedPhD.

    2012-05-31 03:53:56View | Delete

    Thanks for the link, great post. Esp:

    That said, I really really feel sorry for all those grassroots protesters. Only wish the street activism had continued instead of going into the rabbit hole that is the electoral politics.

    I have said this all along. When the 14 state senators who hid out in IL came back [...]

  • UndisciplinedPhD commented on the diary post Wisconsin Recall Reveals the True DNC Agenda by UndisciplinedPhD.

    2012-05-31 03:45:49View | Delete

    Some of you get Max Keiser on the radio? I’ve only ever heard a few podcasts of him online. He is entertaining. I don’t know who Alyona is. Maybe I should find out.

    KMA

  • UndisciplinedPhD commented on the diary post Wisconsin Recall Reveals the True DNC Agenda by UndisciplinedPhD.

    2012-05-30 18:03:00View | Delete

    Hartmann has become a huge disappointment. I can’t even listen to supposed “lefty” radio anymore. I happened to turn on Stephanie Miller for just 10 minutes or so today. (I loved her show during the Bush years; can’t stand it now.) Somebody called in to complain about the DNC and lack of support for Wisconsin. [...]

  • UndisciplinedPhD wrote a new diary post: Wisconsin Recall Reveals the True DNC Agenda

    2012-05-30 16:56:16View | Delete

    ThumbnailVisiting with my dad last week, talk turned, as it inevitably does, to politics.  A retired electrician and proud member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Dad has been closely following the attack on labor in Wisconsin since the 2011 uprising.  He expressed amazement at the reluctance of the DNC to offer anything more [...]

  • Thanks for the report! I look forward to more posts from you about the doings in Chicago over the next few days. (You’re there participating, right? I haven’t kept up on FDL lately…)

    Katherine

  • ThumbnailThe black civil rights movement of the 1950s and ‘60s is one of the most studied and analyzed social movements in American history – with good reason.  After centuries of slavery, followed by another 90 years or so of segregation, economic oppression, and political disenfranchisement, African Americans managed to reverse some of the most egregious denials [...]

  • UndisciplinedPhD commented on the blog post Occupy Doesn’t Need to Get With the Vote

    2012-05-03 14:39:11View | Delete

    Occupy has always been about a long-term vision for society. The “Declaration of Occupation of New York City” put forward by Occupy Wall Street was an indictment of a corrupt system, which Democrats and Republicans are complicit in perpetuating. The call for people to assert their power and grow the spirit of direct democracy was not a call for Americans to participate in kabuki democracy.

    Exactly. Great post, Kevin.

    Katherine

  • UndisciplinedPhD commented on the diary post You Can’t “Grow the Movement” by Dissing the Kids: On Chris Hedges and Occupy by UndisciplinedPhD.

    2012-04-13 14:55:39View | Delete

    There is no such thing as “minor” act of violence at a protest that organizers had agreed beforehand to be non-violent.

    Adam, I’m curious to know how your group addresses and defines nonviolence prior to an action. Has there been any discussion of what constitutes violence? Is property destruction included as violence or is that limited [...]

  • UndisciplinedPhD commented on the diary post You Can’t “Grow the Movement” by Dissing the Kids: On Chris Hedges and Occupy by UndisciplinedPhD.

    2012-04-13 14:44:30View | Delete

    They have consistently shouted people down and, in one case, banned other longtime members of the group who disagreed with them publicly. So they can disagree with what Hedges is saying about violence and non-violence, but that core group of anarchists seem to be employing the exact tactics that Hedges suggests.

    As Tarheel (I think) pointed [...]

  • UndisciplinedPhD commented on the diary post You Can’t “Grow the Movement” by Dissing the Kids: On Chris Hedges and Occupy by UndisciplinedPhD.

    2012-04-13 14:36:28View | Delete

    What significance do you attach to this? If a group of citizens forms a movement that puts the GA process at its core, do they retain “ownership” such that they can ignore the will of the majority?

    Of course not. They don’t “own” it and if they had that mentality they wouldn’t have instituted the General [...]

  • UndisciplinedPhD commented on the diary post You Can’t “Grow the Movement” by Dissing the Kids: On Chris Hedges and Occupy by UndisciplinedPhD.

    2012-04-13 14:15:41View | Delete

    Chris Hedges is claiming the privilege of fame to speak to essentially a diverse movement

    Tarheel, this is what I found deeply troubling in the video. He has a platform, he’s invited to conferences to speak, he regularly gets his point-of-view published on Truthdig and elsewhere, and he has years of experience writing and speaking – [...]

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