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  •  There is quite a group, I realize (5+ / 0-)

    since they were instrumental, I believe, in getting the OWS started in the first place. And they have global support. They like OWS do not have "leaders" but act on consensus if I understand it correctly, I am wondering how they wiggled their fingers on irc chats!

    I am concerned, however, that people think that they will be like superman and swoop in and save us. I think that is too much to ask. I also think that they are just as susceptible to "rogue" stuff (like cops infiltrating) which can really skew the perceptions.

    Clothes make the man. Naked people have little or no influence on society. - Mark Twain

    by glitterscale on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 07:27:53 AM PDT

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    •  They don't really operate on consensus (2+ / 0-)
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      They're more like DKos (a loosely-aligned collection of independent individuals with generally-compatible ideas) than OWS (a collectivist quasi-organization). This is actually one of their strengths when it comes to possible infiltration - each Anon considers him/herself independently responsible for the actions s/he chooses to engage in.

      (One does, of course, have to define "infiltration." Not all involvement of law enforcement/government personnel, for instance, is "infiltration." Imagine if, hypothetically, some person employed in a field like...let's say cryptography...happened to have an interest in e.g. computer security. And international politics.

      Which, by the way, is a good reason to be aware that these guys are not savior-figures.)

      "Let’s just move on, treat everybody with firmness, fairness, dignity, compassion and respect. Let’s be Marines." - Sgt. Maj Michael Barrett on DADT repeal

      by kyril on Mon Oct 31, 2011 at 07:51:55 AM PDT

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