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The big takeover: Why the left must capture power, not just protest it.

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I'm not saying we should never protest. I'm saying that if you look at the Russian revolution, they would strategically use protests to topple the government because they had a structure that was ready to take power from the government. That's where we're stuck right now. Activism has been taken over by anti-revolutionaries.

Occupy Wall Street co-founder Micah White explains why political power will not be captured in street protests, but in the synthesis of social movements with political parties, and how the left must ditch palliative progressivism and re-engage with the mechanisms of power on the local level if it hopes to become a revolutionary force.

Micah wrote the essay Two Paths Forward at his website, and the op-ed Protests won't stop Trump. We need a movement that transforms into a party for the Guardian.

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Micah White

Micah White is an activist consultant, co-creator of Occupy Wall Street and author of The End of Protest: A New Playbook for Revolution.

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