Demand nothing occupy everything right now
Demand everything occupy nothing right now
Demand nothing occupy nothing right now
Demand everything occupy everything right now
Which of these will work the best? Who knows really? Each could have its own insurrectionary meaning. (“Occupy nothing” could imply the writers have transcended the boundary between nothing and everything: since everything produced is already a product of labor, and we the occupiers are claiming those products for society, we “occupy nothing” because there is no reason to make the occupation of everything into something extraordinary for any other reason than to highlight the fact that we are occupying that which is already ours…)
Ah, communiques are all the same these days. What is really so different about them? And is the prose really that effective? Why not outsource the decision-making to an algorithm like the automatic insurrectionary communique generator and have it do the heavy-lifting for you?
Play with objectivity. Create an automatic occupation communique generator. Take any previous communique from the US or UK school occupations — why not Pre-Occupied: the Logic of Occupation (written from the New School occupation) — and create a mad-lib out of the text. Then ask your comrades to help you fill in the blanks. For example, the following is my mad-libbed version of a paragraph from the Pre-Occupied communique:
“type of research” is the name for the mechanism by which a product of the superstructure invades its most adjective critics. Its purpose is to verb for all the parts of the adjective whole, and to verb it in a way that is presentable to the repressive institution for the care of the population. The repressive institution-care of “type of research” is one of our enemies, and we can no longer use that phrase in good faith. We are moving from the institution occupied for type of research to the institution occupied for type of research War.
And here’s what my cat Sabot came up with:
“Urban Planning” is the name for the mechanism by which the society of the spectacle invades its most flustered critics. Its purpose is to squeeze all the parts of the bloated whole, and to greenwash it in a way that is presentable to the television industry for the care of the population. The television industry’s care of “urban planning” is one of our enemies, and we can no longer use that phrase in good faith. We are moving from the University of Washington School of Urban Planning to the University of Washington School of Planning Urban War.