Occupy Everywhere Lecture Naomi Klein Michael Moore The New School

 

And that is terrifying and when people are terrified they… There is a tendency to just do what you know right?

 

When I spoke at Occupy Wall Street for the first time.  You know I spend a lot of the talk, ah the talk… ah encouraging people to, to really treat each other with kindness.  Uhm because when you…

 

 

Crowd:  (claps)

 

 

Naomi Klein:  when you pick a fight with the most powerful interests in, in the history of the world.  Which is what has happened out there.

 

Uhm you know there is always gonna be a tendency to pick a fight with somebody you know where you have a little better chance of winning.  Like a person sitting next to you, you know?

 

 

Crowd:  (laughs)

 

 

Naomi Klein:  Uhm so that’s one of our bad habits on the Left.  We know that.  We do this. We you know, we turn on each other.  We’re excellent at it (laughs)

 

Uhm you know, some, we, but…  We also uhm, sometimes you use fear as weapon to rationalize doing nothing.  Uhum and, and that’s another bad habit that, that we have to be really aware of.

 

So I think we are…  We are our worst enemies.  Uhm we need, we need to be aware that fear is driving it.

 

Uhm and, and, and the fear is the fear of the responsibility and the potential of, of this moment of going to really uncharted territories.

 

At the same time so exciting about Occupy Wall Street is that spirit of creativity that infuses the whole project.

 

Uhm and the integration of art, uhm and experimentation.

 

And it is so important uhm and its important because it encourages that, that, that, ah that courage to go into uncharted territory.

 

Uhm so all the things that are sort of easy to make fun of.  Those sort of flakier parts of it.  They are, they’re integral to the success of, of this movement I think.

 

Uhm so yeah that’s what I think (laughs)

 

 

Crowd:  (claps & cheers)

 

 

Richard Kim:  Rinku

 

 

Rinku Sen::  So uhm I just have to take this opportunity to give a shout out to my colleagues from The Applied Research Center who are here, my board chairs.

 

Ah I’m so in love with my co-workers right now ‘cause ah, they are so optimistic and hardworking, and doing such important work.

 

I think the biggest obstacle.  My biggest fear for the movement is that it will.  Uhm that it might eventually give in to the pressure to stop using consensus.

 

Because ah more hierarchical, more traditional organizations don’t use it.

 

They use some kind of modified hierarchy that’s certainly true for us.  And it works for us for what we’re trying to do.

 

But I think that consensus is so critical to the Occupy Movement and it’s so.  It’s such an important experience to have.

 

If, if people in this audience. I mean folks watching at home have not actually experience it.  I really urge you to go and put your body down there and be part of making some decision.

 

It might take 4 hours and you’ll be and at the end of 4 hours you’ll say “Wow that went by really fast and look we have a decision and we’re all in it together”

 

So I think ah 1 real obstacle will be.  Holding on to that when there’s tons of pressure.  Time pressure.  Uhm political pressure.  Pressure from allies.

 

And pressure from within probably to do something more quote unquote “efficient” to go do that

 

 

Richard Kim:  Michael Moore last words

 

 

Michael Moore:  Ah (laughs)

 

 

Richard Kim:  I should never say that to Michael Moore last words

 

 

Crowd:  (laughs)

 

 

Michael Moore:  You know I’m just, I’m just so giddy ah with optimism and I wanna encourage the cynics ah out there.

 

That, that, that we need to put aside cynicism ah for a while.

 

And, and, and sort of share belief we have that uhm, we don’t really have any control over this.

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