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  •  I really think it failed due to mass (13+ / 0-)

    evictions, police brutality, NSA spying, being labelled terrorists, sound cannons, pepper spray, and movement fatigue in which members of the progressive caucus will only meet with you secretly while publicly offering only tepid support.  OWS would have succeeded if Obama, democratic mayors, local politicians, and the dem establishment had supported rather than evicting the activists. They were kind enough to adopt our rhetoric and stop talking about the deficit but not kind enough to ask that they stop beating us.

    “The further a society drifts from the truth, the more it will hate those that speak it.” George Orwell

    by Tool on Wed Mar 12, 2014 at 12:31:33 PM PDT

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    •  I agree (3+ / 0-)
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      OllieGarkey, greenbastard, Chi

      We were bullied down. It was a blow. But it was only possible because we didn't have enough people join. And the reason we didn't have enough people was because we failed to find a unifying idea with mass appeal.

      Wall Street sucks is not a unifying idea. It's just true.

      I always thought, and still do, that that unifying idea should be illegalizing the bribery of our politicians with campaign contributions and the democratization  of the airwaves.

      Because, those are the sources of all other problems.

      We will never truly defeat the corrupt interests that hold back progress until we remove their weapons. And what are those weapons? Money to affect the electoral outcome. And the control of the airwaves.

      It really is that simple. And no mass movement will do shit unless it is centered around those two objectives.

    •  As the old timey leftist revolutionaries used to (2+ / 0-)
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      say: It (OWS) revealed the repressiveness of the regime.

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