To listen to many of the Occupy protestors interviewed on the street, you'd think they were just a bunch of statists at heart, unhappy with the direction the state is currently taking (i.e., not serving their personal interests at this time), but not at all opposed to the institution of the state, of a monopoly on force, itself. Many also seem seduced by class warfare, convinced that it is "the rich" who are their enemy, rather than the coercive. (The multitude of signs demanding to "tax the rich", etc.) I've become very disillusioned with the whole Occupy movement based on these impressions. This interview, from Julian Assange's show on Russia Today may just be enough to change my mind. The folks interviewed here are thoughtful and intelligent, and very much interested in non-violence, non-coercion, and they even talk about the monopoly on force as if it's a bad thing! I'm sure we would have our disagreements, but I am not willing to dismiss these people:
I recommned watching the whole thing - the comments on voluntary interaction and dealing with conflict in a "society" without a monopoly on force near the end are very good.