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  •  At first I was skeptical about Occupy Wall Street (25+ / 0-)

    I didn't think that their actions would have much impact.

    But several months later, it did seem that the national discourse was changing, and so I changed my mind.

    I agree with you.  It did have an impact by focusing on the fact that those at the top do not pay their fair share.  And ultimately that hurt Romney, a candidate who was a member of the 1% and seemed only interested in helping the 1% rather than the 99%.  

    •  Why wouldn't you be skeptical at first? (4+ / 0-)
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      For my entire life, protest movements have been completely irrelevant, if not actively counterproductive to their cause.  WTO.  Iraq War.  No Nukes.

      Of course people would assume this protest movement would be more of the same - but it wasn't.

      Now the question to answer is, why?  What made this particular movement so much more effective than other large protest movements in recent years?  I think it had something to do with their focus on large trends, rather than specific policies, but I'm not sure.

      Art is the handmaid of human good.

      by joe from Lowell on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 05:53:52 AM PST

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      •  There is a lot to be learned from successful prote (3+ / 0-)
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        protest movements like the Gay Rights movement.  In my lifetime (of 40 years) it went from 'I've heard gay people exist' to 'I know gay people and they appear to normal humans' to 'Gay people deserve the same rights as anyone else'.   A majority of people in the country now believe that.

        I think it's by personalizing and familiarizing and normalizing 'the Other' and when people share their stories, whether it's being gay and wanting to marry their boyfriend or it's having a hard time finding a job to pay the bills or my medical treatment bankrupted me.  

        So much of it is just talking with people.  

        •  The common thread-neither was mostly about policy. (0+ / 0-)

          You wrote about the impact of the gay rights movement, and you didn't once mention gay marriage, AIDS funding, or DADT.  Those are all meaningful policy achievements, but you're right; the most important part of the movement was the social impact, the change in how people thought about gay people in a broad sense.

          Which is similar to OWS.  "Ohnoes, what do they want?!?"  Remember that?  Both movements featured policy critiques, of course, but they used those policy debates as rallying points for a broader argument.  Both movements' slogans started with "We're..." or "We are...," not "Do this!"

          Hmm.  I think this theory may have risen to the half-assed level.  Thanks!

          Art is the handmaid of human good.

          by joe from Lowell on Wed Nov 28, 2012 at 07:35:09 PM PST

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