(Carson 2012) Should Occupy use violence?

Carson, Kevin. Should Occupy use violence? I dunno, should the cops? CounterPunch. 2012 Feb 10–12. Available from: http://www.counterpunch.org/2012/02/10/should-occupy-use-violence/. Accessed 2012 Feb 11. Archived by WebCite at http://www.webcitation.org/65NY6fINV.

Carson argues that even framing the question of violent confrontation between police and activists as a tactical question—that is, as a question of what activists should do—is itself a serious tactical mistake that plays into the hands of the authorities. Carson asserts that the authorities focus attention on alleged violence by activists as a “psyop”—in effect, a form of gaslighting—to distract attention from police violence and maintain the mainstream news media status quo, in which violence committed by agents of the state simply does not count as violence. Carson proposes that a more effective tactic for activists would be to refocus attention relentlessly on state violence and on the systematic concealment and falsification of that state violence by the mainstream news media.



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