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    My response is embedded in my earlier comment.  I think that it is much more difficult to demonize OWS because the message is pretty universally agreed.  Even Gingrich is preaching from the OWS bible (albeit for mercenary reasons).  I would argue that people are more willing to overlook their differences with the OWS members because they agree with the message.  This is how it is more similar to the civil rights movement.  They were demonized as well (uppity blacks).  But the demonization didn't work because the message was unassailable.  That is my hope (and expectation) for Occupy.  Occupy is not a leftist movement per se; it is a people's movement.  That is a critical difference IMO from the 60s-70s leftist movements.    

    I also don't subscribe to the notion that you have to put a good face on movements for change.  You have to have a firm commitment and willingness to endure.  That resonates.  When movements become preoccupied with PR, they lose their soul IMO.  I cite ActUp as a good example.  Those tactics were in your face and disruptive.   They were certainly terrible PR.  But we were fighting for actual survival, so there was no time for that.  And Act Up was a successful movement because it was driven by urgency, passion, and an unwillingness to sit down and play nice.    

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