From:   Nathan Schneider <>
Sent time:   Friday, September 23, 2011 2:33:11 PM
Subject:   [september17discuss] On nonviolence and technology

Dear occupiers,


Having taken a break from the plaza for a night and a day, I've been

doing some more reflective thinking about this magnificent movement

and certain aspects of it and its tactics. I'd like to share with you

the two articles I've published since leaving the plaza late last

night (and what a night it was!).


The first, which appeared this morning on the website Truthout, takes

a look at the role that technology has played in the movement—and the

ways that it has often misled those trying to understand what it's

really all about. Basically, it's a reminder (which we all should

already know) that one cannot build a revolution on Twitter alone:


The second, which is perhaps a bit more critical, is about the way

that we've been responding to incursions by the police. I take as a

jumping-off point some things said by Ivan Marovic of Otpor last

night, who helped lead the student movement that brought down

Milosevic. I argue here that the occupation should make more of a

priority of teaching nonviolent discipline and tactics—which isn't to

say, of course, that there has been violence on its part:


I hope these are in some way useful to some of you, or to someone you







Nathan Schneider

Editor, Waging Nonviolence