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  •  Here's the thing... We need to stay engaged in (7+ / 0-)

    the current game, system, even if we know it is utterly broken, corrupt.  We have no choice.  There are marginal gains we can achieve by staying involved.

    Regarding the other questions you have, when it comes to making absolutely sure something will be successful before one engages in it, that may be characterized as "fence sitting" waiting for others to do the hard work and take all the risk before one gets involved.  And that's okay; that's usually the way it works.

    There will always be early-adopters revolutionaries or activists willing to take those first steps.  I argue that they don't take those steps because they know that victory is assured, but instead they take them because it is the right thing to do, morally.

    When the level of corruption, oppression and tyranny reaches a certain point, activists and people of good will who care about freedom, justice, and democracy have to come together in solidarity, in opposition to the power structure.

    And that has to be done in a multifaceted manner.  You can't rely on any one given approach, whether that is only the ballot box, or only street protests.  We have to be fully engaged, full-spectrum.

    •  Fair 'nuff. (2+ / 0-)
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      Ray Pensador, erratic

      I'd say relentlessly engaged and continuously upping the ante - a relentless and relentlessly demanding public. But I don't envision a middle class revolt as you have suggested at times so it's critical imo to have the most clarity of vision to make most of the "marginal gains" and that was one of Occupy's fatal flaws imHo.

      •  I on the other hand not only envision it, I see (1+ / 0-)
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        angel d

        it happening, taking shape right now as we speak.  The level of protests and involvement is growing across the entire country and pretty soon not even the corporate media blackout will be able to make it look like is not happening.

        Check out: http://www.popularresistance.org to get an idea about what's happening..

      •  Read about the spanish collectives... (1+ / 0-)
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        Ray Pensador

        And, the reason Occupy was so successfull in creating such a widespread movement, and widely reported by the press, is precisely because Occupy didn't get sucked into the legislative cesspool of corruption and lack of democracy, and didn't get sucked in individual issues and electoral goals.

        It was a statement against the entire system, and the control Wall Street has over that system. If it had taken up single "issues" and endorsements of single "candidates" it simply would have been the same old failed approach.

        The people who made Occupy happen in dozens of cities across the US were not peeved about a thing or two, but about the entire failed democratic process.

        That's what drew them, that's what made it work.

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

        by ZhenRen on Sat Jan 04, 2014 at 02:30:26 PM PST

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