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“Don’t fall in love with yourselves.”  Philosopher Slavoj Žižek at Occupy Wall Street.

~ I transcribed some of my favorite parts.  They’re probably not perfectly accurate.  The human mic took a few mic checks. ~  

~ The elipses are the spaces allowed for the human mic to repeat the statement.  The [brackets] and such are places where I made a best guess and filled in muffles. ~

“…the true dreamers are those who think…that things can go on indefinitely the way they are…we are not dreamers…we are awakening from a dream which is turning into a nightmare…”

“…we are only witnessing how the system is destroying itself…”

“…remember that…our basic message is…we are allowed to think about alternatives…”

“…the way we are taught to speak about freedom…war on terror and so on…falsifies freedom…and this is what you are doing here…you are giving all of us {red ink} [references an earlier anecdote]…”

“…there is a danger…don’t fall in love with yourselves…”

“…carnivals come cheap…what matters is the day after…”

“…we do not live in the best possible way…but there is a long road ahead…”

“…there are truly difficult questions…that confront us…we know what we do not want…but what DO we want? … What social organization can replace capitalism? … What type of new leaders do we want? … Remember…the problem is not curruption or greed…the problem is the system…”

“…beware not only of the enemies…but also of false friends…who are already working to dilute this process…in the same way you get coffee without caffeine…beer without alcohol…ice cream without fat…”

“…they are trying to make this into a harmless moral protest…a decaffeinated process…”

“…but the reason we are here…is that we have enough of a world where to recycle coke cans…or [other small, meaningless do-gooderies] … is enough to make us feel good…”

“…we can see that for a long time…we allowed our political engagement also to be outsourced.  We want it back.  We are not communists.  Communism means the system which collapsed in 1990…remember that today…those communists…are the most efficient ruthless capitalists…in China today…we have capitalism…which is even more dynamic than your American capitalism…”

“…when you criticize capitalism…don’t allow yourselves to be blackmailed that you are against democracy…”

“…the change is possible…”

“…what do we consider today possible…just follow the media…on the one hand… in technology and sexuality…everything seems to be possible…you can travel to the moon…you can become immortal by biogenetics…you can have sex with animals or whatever…but look at the fields of society and economy…there, almost everything is considered impossible.  You want to raise taxes a little bit for the rich…they tell you it’s impossible…

“You want more money for healthcare, they tell you impossible, this means totalitarian state … There’s something wrong in the world where you are promised to be immortal…but you cannot spend a little bit more for healthcare…”

“…communism failed absolutely…but the problems of the commons are here…”

“…they are telling you we are not Americans here…but the conservative fundamentalists who claim they are really American…have to be reminded of something…what is christianity…it’s the holy spirit…what is the holy spirit…it’s an egalitarian community of believers…who are linked by love for each other…and who only have their own freedom and responsibility to do it … in this sense … the holy spirit is here now … and down there on wall street…there are beggars who are (worse than blasphemous idols?)…so all we need is patience…”

“…the only thing I’m afraid of…is that we will someday just go home…and then we will meet once a year…drinking beer…and nostalgically remembering…what a nice time we had here…promise ourselves this will not be the case…”

“…don’t be afraid to really want what you desire…”

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