[Marxism] Graeber responds to Hedges

Joseph Catron jncatron at gmail.com
Thu Feb 9 10:30:21 MST 2012

I'd been waiting for this one.

"I am writing this on the premise that you are a well-meaning person who
wishes Occupy Wall Street to succeed. I am also writing as someone who was
deeply involved in the early stages of planning Occupy in New York.

"I am also an anarchist who has participated in many Black Blocs. While I
have never personally engaged in acts of property destruction, I have on
more than one occasion taken part in Blocs where property damage has
occurred. (I have taken part in even more Blocs that did not engage in such
tactics. It is a common fallacy that this is what Black Blocs are all
about. It isn’t.)

"I was hardly the only Black Bloc veteran who took part in planning the
initial strategy for Occupy Wall Street. In fact, anarchists like myself
were the real core of the group that came up with the idea of occupying
Zuccotti Park, the '99%' slogan, the General Assembly process, and, in
fact, who collectively decided that we would adopt a strategy of Gandhian
non-violence and eschew acts of property damage. Many of us had taken part
in Black Blocs. We just didn’t feel that was an appropriate tactic for the
situation we were in ..."

"Hige sceal þe heardra, heorte þe cenre, mod sceal þe mare, þe ure mægen

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