TOTW - Where did we go wrong
For better or for worse anarchists are lauded with the responsibility for the failure and success of the Occupy movement. We can squirm at this but there is one point that is worth reflecting on. For the past decade anarchists (and friends) have argued, when asked and involved, for a "no demands" attitude towards the MSM and agents of the state. We understand, and agree, that this is aligned with an anarchist approach to politics (ie only negative).
But has it been effective? If the effectiveness of Occupy is measured by tents on the ground, or the length of time people used the word Occupy in a sentence how was the uncompromising "no demands" attitude of anarchists helpful or not? How about the argument that politicians were probably willing, in certain cities, to dish out money for a reform or two, maybe even a building or two, which could have been the foundation of a movement along a certain line (say homelessness) but was never on the table and therefore never even discussed.
Is the no demands attitude and practice helping anarchists maintain our political line or is it isolating us from possible allies who might take our ideas seriously if we were willing to actually help them out? Have we been clear enough in our messaging about why we don't want to negotiate with authority in the first place?