OCCUPY AUSTIN, CORE VALUES – GA Consensus 10/9:

1. We are committed to resisting the monied corruption of our democracy
2. We are not a political institution or action group – to include the local, state and federal level
3. We are committed to non-violent forms of resistance – including civil disobedience if necessary 
4. These core values are NOT subject to change unless on a national level and in solidarity with NYC

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  1. I have a few comments about the Occupy Austin core values that I would like to address to whomever thinks they can answer them.

    First, you say that you resist the monied corruption of our democracy.

    We are supposed to live in a constitutional Republic, which is rule by law (formed by the founders primarily for white property owners and then slowly expanded to include every citizen at least in principle). Whereas a democracy is rule by majority, which would mean the majority telling the minority what to do.

    Without protections for the minority, this too would be a form of tyranny. However, we all know that we are ruled by a very tiny few (the OWS Movement claims it’s 1%, but it’s actually much smaller than that).

    So, why are you claiming we live in a democracy, since that is neither the original intent nor the actuality? And, given that money is the life’s blood of not only capitalism, which also rules our society but is also fervently desired by all people in this country including the homeless, the jobless, and everyone at Occupy Austin and elsewhere in the country- how can you end the monied corruption without ended money itself?

    In other words, how does corruption of a society that has occurred primarily through greed (the love of money) end when everything a society values is equated with dollars and cents? Is the Occupy Austin Movement really so naive as to assume that they’re immune to the collective attachment and pathology of the day? And, if in fact they are, why are they trying to get a bigger piece of the monied pie?

  2. Hey Shaggy, are you using symantics in a game of one-upsmanship? If you’re intelligent enough to to debate the definitions of the words used in OA’s slogan then shouldn’t you be intelligent enough to understand the movement’s true intent? Okay, it’s a republic rather than a democracy. But we like to use the word democracy because it better implies that the common people own the country rather than the elected officials or the 1%. Think of democracy as a sense of where the true power is supposed to emanate from. And the “monied corruption” part of obviously a reference to our fear that this country it moving toward an oligarchy. Rather than an objection to money itself, we object to having the rules (laws) change to allow money to have more power than the votes of the common people (i.e. FEC vs Citizens United). This movement needs the support of your obvious intelligence – not distractions intended to show us how some people know how to read a dictionary. Besides, the slogans can’t be too good or everyone will think a corporation wrote them. 😉

  3. I cannot speak for the General Assembly but I will happily give you my understanding.
    First, you’re right. America is not a direct democracy. As I was taught back in my high school US Government class, our country operates under the general accepted definition of democracy. Technically speaking, the Occupy movement is not as a democracy. Its a consensus that still fits into the general accepted definition of democracy.

    We are not looking to remove the protections of the minority. This is why many of us believe our country needs accessible, affordable health care for everyone; a true living wage that allows us to cover our needs, the simple ability to find a job, a public education system that stops dumbing down each generation, force the 2/3 of major corporations that don’t pay taxes yet receive millions in refunds to pay their fair share, term limits on all who serve in the House and Congress, the reinstatement of the Glass-Steagall Act and the removal of person-hood from corporations. Personally, I would like to see laws in every state force the Electoral College to vote the same as the popular vote in their state.

    The issue is not that people make millions or billions of dollars a year. We live in a country that proudly runs a capitalist system and that’s a fantastic thing. However, that system has become far too skewed. It desperately needs an overhaul to allow the fine people of our nation the chance to live and grow. If we’re going to talk about shared sacrifice then that sacrifice cannot just be on the heads of the lower and middle classes.

    From everything I have seen and experienced the General Assembly wants to hear everyone’s voice. We make proposals, talk about it, offer friendly amendments, and work together to find solutions we can all agree on. Its not a perfect system and we do not live in a perfect world. This does not mean we cannot fight to make it better.

    Others within the movement may be able to answer your questions better than I. Come out to City Hall, ask about anything you like. We’re there everyday. Our General Assembly is at 7pm every night. Feel free to get on the stack to make your own proposals, be a part of the change we are making happen.

  4. Leslie AisenmanOctober 26th, 2011

    A point of view to be considered.

    Alan Grayson on Occupy Wall Street.

    GRAYSON: …there’s no accountability on Wall Street. They wrecked our economy. …they gave us 9 percent, 10 percent or more unemployment. And they destroyed 20 percent of our national wealth in the course of just 18 months, from the middle of 2007 to the end of 2008. They destroyed 20 percent of our national wealth accumulated over the course of two centuries and nobody’s been prosecuted for it. Nobody’s been indicted. Nobody’s been convicted. So, first, there’s no accountability.

    The second thing is that they’ve created a system that is enormously unequal. And the result of that is people are struggling to find a job to pay their bills, to pay their rent, to pay their credit card bills. According to Wikipedia, there are only five countries in the entire planet that are more unequal than the United States, in the distribution of our wealth. That’s a system that Wall Street created, that Wall Street maintains….

    The third gripe is Wall Street controls and dominates our political system. One party is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Wall Street, and the other party caters to Wall Street all too much. So, people got into the situation right now where they feel that the system is completely unresponsive, and they’re driven deeper and deeper into debt and misery.

    What do people want? Solutions to their problems. And what is either side offering in the next election? People don’t see any solutions to their problems.

    You know, as I said earlier, there are 24 million people in this country who can’t find full-time work. There are 50 million people in this country who can’t even see a doctor when they’re sick. They want to know what’s being done about this. They’re desperate for solutions…. You know, if one person is out of work, maybe that one person can find a job. But if 24 million people are out of work, that’s just not possible.

    The economy has been grossly mismanaged by Wall Street and by others. And people see that Wall Street is running our economic policy. That Big Oil is determining our energy policy, and that the military- industrial complex is determining our foreign policy and miring us in these endless, costly wars.

    People are just fed up. So, what do they do? What’s left to do? What is the one thing you can still do as a human being? You can go someplace, and in this world of the Internet, you can show yourself. And that’s what the people on ‘Occupy Wall Street’ are doing. They’re doing the one last human thing left. They’re going somewhere.”

    Politifact contacted Grayson, and asked him to prove the statement that the United States has the fifth most unequal distribution of wealth in the world. Which Grayson did, adding: “there is overwhelming, staggering inequality in America, however it is measured, and that inequality substantially exceeds the inequality in many other countries. That is not merely ‘True’ but ‘Profoundly True’ and ‘Largely Ignored.’” Politifact then rated Grayson’s statement as “True.”

  5. Stick to the core values of the movement for foundation.
    Declaration of the Occupation of New York City http://www.nycga.net/resources/declaration/

  6. Nice, saved to bookmarks.

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