Last night's GA was the first instance of prolonged conflict I've seen within the group. There are many factors at play, and many possibilities as to why things went down as they had. Maybe it was frustration, people needed naps, too much marker fumes coming from the sign-making area. I don't know the answer, but I'm constantly aware of that infiltration likely exists currently, and the problems it can cause if we don't recognize it and make a deliberate choice to behave with a mind to the cohesion and longevity of the movement.
Our goals rest on the other side of our cooperation. There's comfort in expressing anger, and catharsis in walking away from something when it seems an intractable burden. But what we'd walk back to is a world unchanged; a place with corporate power all the more assured of its position, safe from any threats by an organized public.
We have to rise above the shortsightedness -- on our parts, and by the 1% -- that got us to the dire state our countries are in. So I'm not going to identify those I think may be working against the movement, but rather implore everyone else to think before they react. Most people were level-headed, but a few fed into the madness. I'm not innocent of this myself.
But when some minor point has someone shouting, and other people seem ready to jump in... STOP. THINK. Wonder whether indulging in name-calling or shouting down is exactly the response that that person wants. THINK. Will my own reaction cause a cascade of other reactions until this assembly degenerates into chaos? What will happen if I let this go? Is there any benefit to any of the sincere people here, or my goals, if I "win" this shouting match with someone I hardly know?
Our foes -- our real foes; those guys out there in the suits, sneering at us from their fortifications -- don't want to see us disagree, they want to see us argue irrationally, turn violent, fall apart, and go back to being good little insects. When someone looks to be PRIMING the assembly for such a thing, either with volume, breaks in process, or ludicrous claims, please stop and think for a minute before indulging them.