Things are going too well with Occupy Richmond.
In Richmond, there exists a “fun police” that cracks down on anything cool that happens in the city. I have a fear that there will be a crackdown much sooner than any of us expect.
That’s why the creation of the Richmond Occupier is so important. It will keep the spirit of the movement alive, regardless of how many people are actually on the ground in downtown Richmond.
The Richmond Occupier will be a venue for the spirit of the movement to find a voice. It will be general interest enough that not just people who consider themselves members of the Occupy movement will want to read it.
At least, that’s my vision. It will be interesting to see what happens as things go forward.
Man, now I know why people hate the press so much.
I was interviewed by a reporter for one of the local TV stations tonight and I felt like I’d been sucker punched afterwards. It was not a pleasant experience.
The guy’s name was Mark Holmburg and I respected him a great deal when I used to work at the Virginia Press Association about 10 years ago. He worked at the Times-Dispatch at the time and I seem to recall he wrote a column that stuck up for the little guy. I also remember somehow being involved in an event where his daughter or son was recognized. It was a long time ago, so I don’t remember the particulars.
I found him asking some random people some questions and I looked around, trying to find one of our non-leader-leaders. When Mark made a snide comment about my how expensive my camera was, I should have know the whole thing was a setup.
The questions Mark asked me were loaded and stupid. One was about who was legally responsible for any accidents in the park, while other one was about if I thought the KKK should be allowed to do the same thing we are doing in the park. Something about his tone really got in my craw. He reminded me of my brother — who is very conservative — whenever we’ve had knock down drag out fights about politics.
Anyway. I guess I know why people are so suspicious of the press these days.
As I have written before, I do not share a lot of the Occupy Wall Street’s views, but I do share their general anger at the current system.
I have a general interest in starting an underground zine for the Richmond area and I feel there is a need for a zine that would help get the word out about whats going on with the Occupy movement here.
So, I am going to try to start a zine called the Richmond Occupier. I don’t really like blogs and there is a demand for an underground zine in the area that you can read and look forward to.
Since nobody else is doing one, I have decided to throw my hat in the ring and see what I can do. I really enjoy organizing things like this and just getting a zine off the ground in the beginning is half the fun.
I do not do this lightly. I take zines very seriously. Right now, all I need is contributors and….a little bit of money.
The more I get involved with the Occupy movement, the more I am disheartened.
Right now, most people consider it a “leaderless” movement and that bothers me. It’s the one thing that prevents me from really considering myself a “member” of the Occupy movement.
I enjoy hanging out with the Occupy people, it’s just there are some ideological concepts that keep me feeling like an outsider. I will help them however I can, but I until someone, somewhere steps up and starts to see themselves as a leader I am going to feel more like an independent observer than a real participant.
At least one person has said this will change, but I don’t know. The Tea Party is largely leaderless, so it’s possible the Occupy movement will be leaderless as well.
“I Am Not A Hippie,” said the sign at the Occupy Richmond General Assembly this weekend.
That pretty much sums up my point of view.
I pretty much hate hippies* — except for one person I know who is really cool — and my involvement in the Occupy movement comes from my general anger at the current American political system.
Unlike a lot of Occupiers, I am something of an idealist when it comes to the basic foundations of the American body politic.
I like money. I like the Fed. I like the stock market. I love the Constitution.
I believe all those things and at the same time want change. I want a real liberal-leftist movement in America.
What I want is America to roll back much of the Reagan Revolution, or at least the mentality behind it. Before Reagan’s election, one could call themselves a “liberal” and not feel bad about it. Now, you have to call yourself a “progressive” just to get people to listen to you.
Taxes are not inherently evil. I do not what high taxes, I just want a progressive income tax that taxes the wealthy what they can afford.
So that’s my platform.
*I believe there to be two types of “hippies.” “Real” hippies who follow John Lennon and are willing to fight for what they believe in and “neo” hippies who just smoke pot and seem not to bath on a regular basis. Most of the people who consider themselves hippies who are a part of Occupy movement by definition are part of the former. At least they’re doing *something* rather than smoke pot. ;-)
I generally hate blogs.
I hate them for a number of reasons, chief among them they have become rather quaint in the age of Facebook. I also dislike how they have come to replace print zines in the alternative press world. I still want to produce a zine for the Richmond area, but that’s more of a long term goal now that I don’t have any money to produce one.
Something has changed of late and that’s the Occupy movement. I have become somewhat active in it and it gives me something to talk about on a blog that someone, somewhere might actually appreciate.
So, here I am, starting a blog.
It will hopefully be mostly about Occupy Richmond, but it will also include a lot of just me pontificating on whatever I feel like talking about. Wish me luck.