This picture is hilarious. It illustrates an interesting problem that political activists have. As part of my ongoing development of the Peasant Theory, I am interested in a kind of bottom line question which is 'Who is your Leviathan'? That question brings to the front, the issue of loyalty to the validity of an idea. But even before an idea is propagated, people have to perceive a problem. And so the Octopus Conundrum asks 'Do you have a leg to stand on?"
I mean everybody has an alternative, and that generally involves breaking one of the rules of the institutional they seek to destroy or reform. In the parlance of the OC, the problem is the octopus and the resources of the institution in question are the legs. It's easy to tear off a leg, because that's how political problems are presented. Our democratic political process comes ready made with legs ready to tear off. Just Vote No.
It's not very often somebody brings their own octopus leg.