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  •  The success thus far has been primarily (6+ / 0-)

    due to the broad resonance of and extreme frustration over the issues: money-driven government that focuses on the needs of the 1% at the xpense of the 99%.

    That is what has driven the bulk of the funding thus far.

    Most donors did not even know about the "leaderless" and "consensus"-building techniques until after they donated. And while they are appealing conceptually, and would appear to prevent the hi-jacking of the Resistance by one interest group, and prevent de-capitation, the fact is the Resistance has been hi-jacked by those who a) feel these techniques are the best for effective organizing despite, in many cases, limited if no other experience starting, growing and maintaing large organizations, particularly those cvhallenged by volunteer support, and b) feel empowered by these techniques because they have effectively stifled other approaches offered by people with experience and expertise.

    Having just concluded two weeks of on the ground occupation, I can say that I've watched the process churn through large numbers of would-be volunteers who were put off by these organizing methods. This particular held true for non-celebrity leaders who otherwise has significant contributions to make, particularly on specific issues with which they had significant expertise.

    I hope the Occupy movement succeeds because the Resistance must succeed.

    "You've got to stop this war in Afghanistan." final words of R Holbrooke

    by UTvoter on Fri Oct 21, 2011 at 07:14:22 AM PDT

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