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  •  So let's work on fixing the law... (1+ / 0-)
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    ...and ensuring that it operates more fairly and more justly.

    That doesn't require jettisoning all for-profit banking—it requires making stronger laws against actual criminal practices and enforcing them fairly, thoroughly, and with due process for all involved.

    "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

    by JamesGG on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 08:03:02 PM PST

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    •  Clearly you are not paying any attention (4+ / 0-)
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      to who controls the people who are writing these laws that will allegedly fix these problems.

      •  Oh, I'm well aware of the depth of the problem. (1+ / 0-)
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        I think there really are, quite honestly, very few people in this country who aren't aware that all the politicians are being bought and sold by big money.

        The problem is that they've seen a hundred solutions and a thousand protests come up and down the line, and each and every one of them has fallen flat on its face and not actually solved anything. Why bother going to a march if it just means you're going to freeze your ass off for a day while nothing else changes.

        The frustrated people of this country aren't satisfied—and shouldn't be satisfied—with just "making their voices heard." They want change.

        That's much harder work than just "expressing oneself" or "making one's voice heard"—it involves a sacrifice of ego, it involves sometimes not speaking or dressing or acting like one wants to in order to further the greater goal.

        And I think that many of the frustrated people in this country—myself included—don't see the Occupy movement as an efficacious means of bringing about that greater goal right now.

        Which is why I think that any attempt at a solution from the Left needs to be strategic and organized—and the first and primary emphasis, for the time being, has to be to convince all the frustrated people of this country that the action we're proposing can actually make a difference, that it's part of a larger strategic plan to bring about change.

        "When I give food to the poor, they call me a saint. When I ask why the poor have no food, they call me a communist." --Dom Helder Camara, archbishop of Recife

        by JamesGG on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 08:37:25 PM PST

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