The internet has facilitated a greater and more thorough dissemination of news, information, and current events than anything else in history. Moreover, social media such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and others have facilitated the spread of this information and allowed the growth of a truly global community unlike anything else the world has known. A strong community with swift, informative connections will give the Occupy movement a level of interconnected support which might make the difference between splintering and success. In the words of those old revolutionaries, “United we stand, divided we fall.” Today we have the potential to be more united than humanity has ever been before, and we must use this potential to its fullest.
We have learned from the mistakes of our forebears and our current leadership that any time 1% of the population structures and controls 100% of the people, then 99% of the people will grow to suffer. That’s what the 99% really is… not somehow divided from or different than that powerful 1%, but cut off from the participation that we should by rights all share. To identify ourselves as being binary, and to be in opposition to any part of the human world, is to only repeat the same mistakes we are in opposition to now. As such, the Occupy movement must not fall into the same dichotomous trap; the change we want is for all of us, to bring together a whole which has been for too long sharply and increasingly split.
In the furthering of this goal, the Occupy movement needs participation, input, and direction from 100% of its participants. Our camps and groups and cities have to be as close as neighbors, individuals need the ability to jump in and speak as they see, hear, discover or think of something that will contribute to our dedication as a whole… we have to know that even when things are slow in our immediate space, the rest of our family continues to work and act and be acted upon. Our community must be inclusive, responsive, interactive and representative the way we want our government to be… not disconnected, ineffective, and exclusive the way our government is now. The internet gives us the means to do this, and to create the family and unity which might finally be able to succeed on a scale that our predecessors could only dream of.
We’re all here because we have the capacity to care so deeply about what is right instead of what is ordered that it frightens the people who don’t. Ours is a kind of strength that can’t be suppressed if for every local repressive action ten more connected groups out of reach take up the flag and run with it too.