Neahkahnie View/Peter Newman. Guests: Micah White, American creator of the "Occupy Wall Street" meme, discusses the history and future of social and political activism, reclaiming democracy and his upcoming workshop, March 13, in Nehalem.
White calls Occupy a “constructive failure.” Urban street protests, he says, only have a life cycle of about a month before their time is up. The encampments, the People's Library and the spirit of the general assemblies are all fun and games until everybody gets kicked out of the park. “It was magical thinking,” he says. For White, Occupy Wall Street challenged the core assumptions that activists have about how to achieve social change. “We believed that people’s assemblies were enough to gain political sovereignty. This turned out to not be true. To gain political sovereignty we must win elections.”