The New School Occupation -- Perspectives on the takeover of a building -- 05.02.09
This is the first text from a document written by some of those involved in the occupation of the New School. The entire document can be found at the following link:
ANTI-DEMOCRATIC REFLECTIONS ON
THE RECENT NEW SCHOOL OCCUPATION
We are of course disappointed with the occupation’s end: a shameful
side-door exit in the middle of the night and an even more shameful
declaration of “victory” on a measly slip of paper listing “demands met.”
To us, that which has been heralded as “victory” is in every way the death
of the occupation – representative both of the loss of our space itself as
well as our capitulation to the liberal forces that sought to destroy the
occupation from the beginning.
Nevertheless, we had held our ground for 32 hours against police and
security attacks and ﬂagrantly broke laws while cops confusedly looked
on; most importantly, we proved that occupations are possible in New
York City, the fucking death metropolis center of capital’s hate. This was a
precedent that we hope will inspire others to escalate their actions in the
occupations we hope to see in the near future.
It is toward these future occupations that we look as we put together
this list of lessons and thoughts on the December 2008 New School
occupation, in the certainty that what began at the New School is
not over, despite the return of most participants to their private lives
and despite the pathetic and misleading declarations of victory.
Occupation is a means without an end - a practice that we can
constantly renew and expand.
And, as always,
the event belongs to those who ﬁght,
not to those who want to control it.