The PJ Tatler

Occupy Oakland mini-documentary

Sally Zelikovsky and Steve Kemp of TeaPartyTelevision have compiled footage they’ve taken over the last month at Occupy Oakland and crafted a ten-minute mini-documentary that speaks for itself, with no voice-overs, no subtitles — just the Occupiers revealing themselves through their words and actions.

The first five minutes establishes the ambience and the philosophy of the movement; the violence begins at around the 5:20 mark, with close-in footage of Occupiers smashing up banks, supermarkets and other businesses:

Sally has also written an essay to accompany the documentary explaining how the violent element is not the “fringe” of Occupy Oakland, but its core:

The Occupation Devolution

But, for those of us who have been following this closely, Occupy Oakland is riddled with the steady drumbeat of intimidation, violence and destruction; and the anarchists are not the only players.

At first the drumbeat is subtle, carefully tapping out a steady theme of defiance.

The very essence of the Occupation qua Occupation is coercive. It calls for squatting on public property and forcibly taking it over for the exclusive use of the Occupiers. When probed, squatters readily admit they intend to stay forever, take control of the means of production and Occupy Everything.

Occupiers bully their neighbors simply by “occupying” — blocking access to the plaza, streets and commerce.

They intimidate businesses by vandalizing storefronts and using human blockades to shut down the city.

When historians pick through the wreckage of OWS to write its obituary, Occupy Oakland will have played a major role in the movement’s self-implosion.