Here's my latest piece over at Hypervocal. There seems to be a great deal of misinformation and lies circulating about my call for a debtors' strike, and the work being down by the occupiers on student loan debt. Let's clarify some things . . .
To be clear: a debtors' strike is something that needs to be thought about long and hard. These sorts of changes don't happen overnight. Nevertheless, an honest discussion about the power that has been taken from us needs to continue. The same goes with the debt refusal campaign coming out of OWS. As I wrote in a previous piece, "Since there are tens of millions of student loan debtors, and the group is aware of that fact, the pledge of signatures from debtors at a million is symbolically important." I have also insisted on a debt jubilee, and this is something that policymakers could go forward with, but the language is what counts.
We are no longer in the post-bailout dark ages when loan forgiveness was a viable solution. It was, indeed, a viable one, and that language - despite how bad it was then - made sense. However, it no longer makes sense now, and that's what the occupiers of this subcommittee, in my view, also realize.
Mark my words: I do not want ANYONE to suffer from this unjust system. We have all suffered long enough. That is why we need to come up with NEW language and NEW forms of action to CHANGE things for all of us. This is not some pissing contest in which the numero uno leader wins and takes us down the path to salvation. As we all know, those who support and GET OWS, understand how we are leaderFULL.
Thanks to The River Wanders for linking to my Hypervocal article - it's much appreciated! The piece is quite popular!