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  •  perhaps you missed it... (6+ / 0-)

    OWS is a political movement.

    Political movements aren't always about a particular election or issue, and sometimes there are no single leaders of a movement.

    Have some patience - #Occupy is only a couple of months old. The election is a whole year away. There is plenty of time for leaders of the movement to emerge... and unless the movement collapses, they will emerge eventually.

    The big issue is whether or not #Occupy becomes a movement to change our political system or merely work within the current system.

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    I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
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    "A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy."

    by Angie in WA State on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 12:43:51 AM PST

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    •  More of a performance piece (1+ / 0-)
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      Where the message is the media.

      But how long will it play off Broadway until the cast moves on to the next production?

      Cats played for decades, I guess this could too. Let's see how the audience reacts to the next scene.

      What about my Daughter's future?

      by koNko on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 03:14:58 AM PST

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      •  Performance like, say, throwing tea overboard? (1+ / 0-)
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        to make a point? This is where it starts, by generating powerful emotional resonance.

        What is the most inspiring element from Tienanmen Square? One person standing up to a tank.

        Not theories, books, speeches, but powerful, inspiring, symbols that resonate.

        New symbols create a new reality. Three months ago nobody even talked about "the 1%" vs. "the 99%". Now it's a basic concept, and it has power.

        That power will act, and is acting. Simply changing the tone of the discussion so strongly is itself a victory.

        In 2008 I worked and donated and voted for hope. My hope was fading, but it's come back alive. I'm not the only one, I'm sure.

        And that may be the biggest Occupy victory of all.

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