Occupy Forum: Leverage Points and Tipping Points: Deconstructing Political Influence


July 1, 2014 @ 1:00 am – 4:00 am
Global Exchange, 2nd floor, near 16th St. BART
2017 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94105
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Leverage Points and Tipping Points: Deconstructing Political Influence

with Patrick McKercher

Patrick McKercher will begin with a brief historical overview of how the 1% and corporations gained their influence, offer an interactive tour of the map of the “Death Star,” then strategize with us how to use what it reveals for maximum leverage.

When scientists and the world were increasingly certain about global warming — including our driving it – why were Americans less and less concerned? As the fossil fuel industry was revealed as the leading climate denier, McKercher, using data visualization software to map the web of information and money flows, saw the infamous Powell Memo (the right-wing gameplan to defend corporations from the People’s will) at the heart of the industry’s gambit. At the end of a long chain, the Koch brothers (who brought much more money and created “the incubator”  which recruits, trains and supports college students to be conservative activists, then generously funds the infrastructure to keep them employed for a lifetime) carried the torch.

So what hath they wrought? Like their interlocking -isms (militarism, patriotism, religious and market fundamentalism), all the bits of the Right Wing Infrastructure architected by Powell and Koch are interoperable, and in their quest for perpetual control, they have disabled all sub-systems that can keep the overall system in balance and thus prevent collapse: the press, elections, the courts, government, regulatory agencies.

However, the good news is that once we understand how the system works we can look for leverage points, where small pushes can create tipping points.

Dr. Patrick McKercher teaches for the Writing Program at UC Santa Cruz at the Environmental College. He participated in Occupy San Jose, and currently is involved with Move To Amend.


Q&A and Announcements will follow.


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