Militias, as we tend to think of them, are usually not the result of tech-savvy organization but well-armed folks sharing similar extreme politics and ideology. Google software engineer Justine Tunney has something a little different in mind—and tested the waters today on Twitter with a hypothetical scenario for reinvigorating and bolstering the Occupy Wall Street movement, for which she has been a crucial leader.
Tunney responded to initial concerns that “nonviolent militia” was something of a contradiction in terms by reminding her followers that, “[a]s MLK said, you can be militant and nonviolent.” She also articulated the reasoning behind the idea of training protesters: “We need discipline if we want to do things like shut down the NYSE.” The money would also go toward supplies sorely needed for the ongoing OWS mission, especially if it wants to get more ambitious:
Fellow OWS founder and former Adbusters editor Micah White backed the proposal with no reservations, linking to a Wikipedia article about another notable nonviolent U.S. militia.
For Tunney, however, the fight doesn’t stop at Wall Street.
Our long-term strategy should be using the militia to defend against state aggression when providing for the material needs of all people.— Justine Tunney (@JustineTunney) September 25, 2013
So, could this fundraising campaign become a reality? Many more particulars would need to be sorted out, but support for the idea seems at least as strong as dissent within the ranks of OWS. The question is which site would host it. Tunney expressed admiration for the Kickstarter model, where no donations are accepted unless the full desired budget is met.
But bankrolling an anti-corporate militia may not go over well at Kickstarter, which disallows content that “infringes any patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright, right of publicity, or other right of any other person or entity, or violates any law or contract.” If Kickstarter decided to pull the plug on such a project, though, you can expect Tunney et al. to make it difficult for them.