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‘Anarchism and the Occupy movement’ !

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Wikipedia states ..
Several commentators have stated that the Occupy Wall Street movement has roots in the philosophy of anarchism. David Graeber, an early organizer of the movement, is a self-proclaimed anarchist. Graeber, writing for The Guardian, has argued that anarchist principles of direct action, direct democracy and rejection of existing political institutions are the foundations of the Occupy Wall Street movement. Graeber also believes that radical segments of the civil rights movement, the anti-nuclear movement and the global justice movement have been based on the same principles. In November 2011, approximately 100 people participated in the “Anarchist General Assembly” and discussed ways to spread anarchist ideas and how to interact with police. The organizers of the assembly published a flier that read, “This is a call to the anarchist and broader anti-authoritarian community to reconvene in assembly and continue to develop ourselves as members of a larger network here in Portland.”

Michael Kazin, writing for The New Republic, analyzed the composition of the Occupy Wall Street movement. He argued that Occupy members are different from political activists of the late 19th century and early 20th century counterparts, citing contemporary rejection of violent methods as the main difference. Kazin described the Occupy Wall Street anarchists as “ultra-egalitarian, radically environmentalist, effortlessly multicultural and scrupulously non-violent”, describing them as the “cyber-clever progeny of Henry David Thoreau and Emma Goldman.” Social media has played a vital role in the Occupy movement and Kazin noted that instead of authoring essays or promoting feminism and free love, the Occupy Wall Street anarchists stream videos and arrange flash mobs.

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wikipedia states ..
Aam Aadmi Party (translation: Common Man Party; abbreviated as AAP (which is the polite Hindi term for “you”) is an Indian political party, formally launched on 26 November 2012. It came into existence following differences between the activists Arvind Kejriwal and Anna Hazare regarding whether or not to politicise the popular India Against Corruption movement that had been demanding a Jan Lokpal Bill since 2011. Hazare preferred that the movement should remain politically unaligned while Kejriwal felt the failure of the agitation route necessitated a direct political involvement. The AAP has led several protests since its formation. Among these was a campaign against an alleged nexus between government and private corporations relating to price rises for electricity and water in Delhi. Another saw the party demanding justice for victims of sexual harassment and rape, including the introduction of a stronger anti-rape law.

Further, as stated in Wikipedia .. ‘The AAP says that the promise of equality and justice that forms a part of the constitution of India and its preamble has not been fulfilled and that the independence of India has replaced enslavement to an oppressive foreign power (read as ‘British’ ) with that to a political elite. The party claims that the common people of India remain unheard and unseen except when it suits the politicians to consider them. It wants to reverse the way in which the accountability of government operates and has taken an interpretation of the Gandhian concept of ‘swaraj’ as a tenet. It believes that through ‘swaraj’ the government will be directly accountable to the people instead of higher officials. The ‘swaraj’ model lays stress on self governance, community building and decentralization.’

my opinion or my take is .. ‘Aam Aadmi Party rightly wants control of Delhi police in this instance or through this recent ‘Occupy movement’. They do not want to function as a helpless state government that cannot fulfill its poll promises .. one of them being the safety and security of women in Delhi. Because if this is not checked .. such a state of ineffective ‘law and order’ condition ( as in Delhi) or ‘poor governance’ (especially political and economic) can quickly spread to other cities in India like ‘cancer’ does in human body.’

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About Raman Ramamurthy

I am a Management consultant, an avid reader, play Lawn tennis in my leisure time and love Music. Presently, I am settled in India along with my wife and my son.

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