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    JayRaye, NY brit expat
    And, as much as I love rule by anarchist methods, those methods proved too slow to push the system before the system drown them out. I hope that is a lesson learned for the next time we are able to get some of us to coalesce behind one cause.
    If OWS proved too slow, what has been faster lately? What has been better over the past several decades? What would you recommend to replace it?

    Hierarchical, bureaucratic unions? Committees of elites with cadres of subservient supporters? Just trying to get a sense of what people mean by these comments.

    OWS was a rather spontaneous uprising, and what many point to as a weakness was its strength, for many of those attending. The horizontalism was unfamiliar, of course, to people in a capitalistic, hierarchical society, and there was certainly a learning curve which some simply couldn't tolerate, but as a social experiment it was exhilarating, educational, and inspired many who would not otherwise have found inspiration any other way.

    Just because it couldn't undo centuries of corruption in a few months doesn't indicate it was too slow, or that non-hierarchical, horizontal organizing methods don't work. OWS needs to keep up the effort to making consensus a smoother process, which certainly can be improved with modifications and adaptations.

    But to conclude we must return to the inequality and slavery of hierarchy is not the answer, in my view.

    "In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act." -George Orwell

    by ZhenRen on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 03:48:31 PM PST

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