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  •  Occupy.. (2+ / 0-)
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    salmo, smartalek

    was a joke. It started as a seriously awesome movement of coalescent leftist organizations all wanting an end to money in politics. Then these organizations started talking about monetary policy in general, especially inequality, and all that was great.

    Then the anarchists took over with their ridiculously inefficient notions of consensus and anti-leadership, making it more an indictment of the entire social structure of humanity, including an indictment of representative democracy itself. After that, the movement was bound to fall apart under its own weight.

    Humans are hierarchical creatures. We need leaders. We need organization. When we don't, we get squabbling Hoovervilles of legitimately pissed off, but pitifully underorganized people who couldn't change a damn thing if their life depended on it.

    At best, OWS had the effect of changing the channel on right-wing deficit mumbo jumbo and shined a spotlight, however brief, on inequality. Sadly, they failed to become the leftist answer to the Tea Party like they should have. Had they organized grassroots organizations at the local and state level, as well as the federal level, why, 2012 might well have become a blowout year for Democrats rather than just a pretty decent one.

    /two cents

    •  You're misinformed (1+ / 0-)
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      fuzzyguy

      Occupy began using the consensus model. Anarchists did not "take over Occupy" but rather were instrumental in founding it. Google David Graeber, one of the original founders, and a well-know anarchist.

      And humans do have a history of working together, horizontally, with mutual aid, and are not necessarily hierarchical.

      OWS in a short  time accomplished what no other group had before, which is making the 1% vs the 99% an international household meme.

      It also brought together the disaffected youth and introduced them to activism.

      It was never a "coalition" of other groups which was somehow stolen by anarchists. The anarchist (non-authoritarian socialist) roots were there from the beginning.

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

      by ZhenRen on Tue Aug 06, 2013 at 04:34:56 PM PDT

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