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Re: <nettime> Portland Occupation's tactical innovation
John Hopkins on Tue, 3 Jan 2012 13:39:56 +0100 (CET)

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Re: <nettime> Portland Occupation's tactical innovation

It's worth keeping in mind that in the next months and years (already!), police ranks are being filled with well-equipped, well-trained, and battle-hardened Iraq/Afghanistan vets. They have been tested under extreme conditions far beyond a milling crowd of disorganized quasi-squatters -- imagining that 'tactical' field deployments of Occupiers can work in effective (neutralizing) opposition to the police is dangerously naive. I recommend a closer read of Sun Tzu and Machiavelli as well as military field manuals available online, etc. Do not underestimate your opponents. The characterization of tactics in this article are, again, extremely naive (pretending to draw on 'historical' precedent) and represent a high-risk for poorly-informed protesters. Police rank and command are quite aware of the simple permutations suggested in this posting ...

    The tactical evolution that evolved relies on two military tactics that
    are thousands of years old- the tactical superiority of light infantry
    over heavy infantry, and the tactical superiority of the retreat over
    the advance.

IMHO long term strategic considerations have to include methods which change/evolve/alter the structural relations in the social system overall (addressing the perceived imbalance of wealth, etc) -- these issues will not be contested as tactical play on the streets which is largely a media circus (count the cameras versus 'occupiers'!). They are generally contested only when large numbers of people change their patterns of (resource) consumption as it is this consumption which enrich the 1%. Occupy, per se, will not accomplish this.


John Hopkins
Watching the Dhao rather than the Dow!

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