Counterinsurgency advisor in Iraq on nonviolent protests

Submitted by confundus in Anarchism

Short version:

The Occupy movement thus never became more than a fringe political grouping with extremely limited influence...because the movement never turned violent"

Full quote (complete with liberal extolling of democracy):

Closer to home, in 2011–12 the Occupy movement, beginning in downtown Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park, spread across cities in the United States and into many other urban areas of the developed world. Like the Arab movements, Occupy was a diverse and unorganized collection of different factions with a largely urban and online support base. Unlike pro-democracy activists in the Arab uprisings, the Occupy protestors were never able to develop a unified agenda or a practical program, nor did they effectively mesh human support networks with virtual support networks (except in major cities). The Occupy movement thus never became more than a fringe political grouping with extremely limited influence, at best, on mainstream politics. In part this was because countries such as the United States already have democratic electoral processes—or, in competitive control theory terms, well-developed persuasive and administrative means—that can absorb and relieve this kind of mass popular discontent. In part, however, it was because the movement never turned violent—thanks to the nonviolent intent of the Occupy organizers, but even more so to the professionalism and restraint generally shown by police and security services. The Arab uprisings started off peacefully, too, in every single case: it was lethal regime reactions to initial protests, carried out by politicized security services, that turned these peaceful demonstrations into violent riots and then into armed uprisings.

It's from the book Out of the Mountain by David Kilcullen, which is interesting of you can put up with the empire nonsense. Especially where he talks Somalia, that was very informative and interesting.


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