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View Diary: An Open Letter to The Occupy Wall Street Movement: You Were Right All Along (160 comments)

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    As you have reason to know, my objections are largely to the tactics you employ, such as using each of your diaries as a platform for flogging the Trolls, sock puppets, operatives  meme, which serves no practical purpose other than to prejudice discussion and debate. A practice that you continue in this diary.

    That aside, the diary is problematic in terms of its efficacy in reaching beyond the limits of those who already largely agree.

    This may reflect your stated belief that the necessary changes to the status quo can be achieved by a small minority of the population. You've repeatedly cited 5% as being sufficient for this purpose.

    While it's certainly true that one minority can overturn and replace a ruling minority in the political sense, it doesn't follow from this that swapping one minority for another would result in the sweeping reordering of society that is so desperately needed. The radical reconstruction of a society cannot be accomplished without the active participation of the broad mass of the citizenry. 5% isn't even close.

    Moreover, such a conception is inherently hierarchical, since the 5% would constitute a vanguard substituting itself for the larger mass of the population while supposedly acting in their interest.

    We simply aren't going to to get the changes we need without a broad mass movement that actively demands them and we won't get that movement unless we actively reach out to those who aren't already won over to the view that such change is necessary. That wont be accomplished by preaching to the choir, which is essentially what this diary does.

    There are other points that can be raised as well but I think it good policy to see your reply to this before investing further time and effort.

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Mon Jan 06, 2014 at 01:58:19 PM PST

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