We Have Written Elsewhere That the Idealistic, Gestural Politics of the Occupy Wall Street Movement Fails to Meet a Basic Criterion of Political Action: That the Actors Have a Good Idea What They Want
We have written elsewhere that the idealistic, gestural politics of the Occupy Wall Street movement fails to meet a basic criterion of political action: that the actors have a good idea what they want. Lech Walesa agrees. The founder of the independent trade union Solidarity, which helped bring down Poland's communist regime and eventually even the Soviet Union's, Walesa is a man who knows what's needed.
He explained that in an article for the San Francisco Chronicle reflecting on the world's new protest movements, including OWS. "In the war of ideas, it's not enough just to be against something; you have to be for something that is sound as well. Before you set out to alter the status quo, you ought to know how to replace it--and you need to be convinced, intellectually and in your heart, that the new system will actually be better."
Solidarity had "a unifying idea," he writes: "that men and woman have a God-given right to be free and that government has no right to deny them this freedom. …