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I have been wandering the web today in search of something to take my mind off my laziness.  And I came across this great youtube video:

I am hopeful that this and other actions will change the landscape because the alternatives are unthinkable.

This action of #OccupyWallStreet will be a difficult one but it may be a prototype of actions to come.  

One of the things that will be difficult is learning consensus building.

Consensus decision-making is a group decision making process that seeks not only the agreement of most participants but also the resolution or mitigation of minority objections. Consensus is defined by Merriam-Webster as, first, general agreement, and second, group solidarity of belief or sentiment. It has its origin in a Latin word meaning literally feel together.[1] It is used to describe both general agreement and the process of getting to such agreement. Consensus decision-making is thus concerned primarily with that process.

From Wiki on Consensus

We Americans generally are not used to consensus or consensus building.  We hear about the Senate having to come to consensus, but there they horse trade to get to some conclusion.  i.e. I will vote for yours if you vote for mine kinda thing.  Consensus is more that people who object can block or can accept but also put forth their objections.  So this group of people are working to create a new (at least in this generation) path for their efforts.

Roseanne brings up a lot of things in her talk to the group.

1) Coalesce the small ego with the large ego.  Put feelings aside.  Don't think now is the time to recreate.  Use what is available.  If you need access to a website, ask if you can volunteer is one of her examples.  Another is, you may have great ideas, but don't put down other people's ideas.  Everybody has a lot to contribute.  Make sure you get every last contribution.

2) Things are not going to get better by themselves.  Doing things will be hard.  But we don't have much choice but to do some hard things.

3) We need unity with labor and police and firefighters and people who have had their  pensions stolen.  But there are natural alliances with all these people.

Remember people have done this before and even though heads were knocked we had success.  Women and blacks can vote (although the rethugs are trying to change that back!) We did, indeed, create a country.  So success is always there.  Failure is always an option but not the end of anything.

   An elderly Cherokee Native American was teaching his grandchildren about life.

    He said to them, "A fight is going on inside me, it is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One wolf is evil---he is fear, anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, competition, superiority, and ego.

    The other is good ---he is joy, peace, love, hope, sharing, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, friendship, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.

    This same fight is going on inside you, and inside every other person, too."

    They thought about it for a minute, and then one child asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win, Grandfather?"

    The Elder simply replied, "The one you feed."

Originally posted to glitterscale on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 09:39 AM PDT.

Also republished by Anonymous Dkos.

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  •  Tip Jar (26+ / 0-)

    We have a generation of leaders – Merkel, Sarkozy, Obama, Cameron – who don't seem to have the faintest idea of what they're doing. Politics is now nothing more than people saying hopeful things with their fingers crossed... - David Hare

    by glitterscale on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 09:39:20 AM PDT

  •  Go Roseanne! Good for her. (8+ / 0-)

    I've watched her reality show on her macadamian nut farm.
    Too funny.

    "Time is for careful people, not passionate ones."

    by roseeriter on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 09:49:23 AM PDT

  •  A Related Clip From Her Old Show (10+ / 0-)

    When her series went into re runs we were hoping it had been about our past, not as it turned out our future.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 09:53:13 AM PDT

    •  Oh many thanks for this (0+ / 0-)

      I was looking for it but couldn't find it quick enough!

      We have a generation of leaders – Merkel, Sarkozy, Obama, Cameron – who don't seem to have the faintest idea of what they're doing. Politics is now nothing more than people saying hopeful things with their fingers crossed... - David Hare

      by glitterscale on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 10:49:56 AM PDT

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    •  I knew it would be that clip.. (1+ / 0-)
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      glitterscale

      it's as perfect in 2011 as in 1992, perhaps moreso.

    •  Rosanne (1+ / 0-)
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      Has always been an innovator and a fighter for human rights. She had to put up with alot of crap from the morons in our society, and always landed on her feet. Hats off to you Rosanne. As Paul Henreid (Victor Laszlo) who was fighting the Nazis, said to Humphrey Bogart  (Rick) in the GREAT movie Casablanca  Victor Laszlo: Welcome back to the fight. This time I know our side will win.-- See the movie if you are too young or somehow missed it. It will help keep you inspired for the fight ahead.

      "America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilization in between" Oscar Wilde

      by angry hopeful liberal on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 08:54:35 PM PDT

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  •  In other words Democracy (2+ / 0-)
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    Consensus decision-making is a group decision making process that seeks not only the agreement of most participants but also the resolution or mitigation of minority objections. Consensus is defined by Merriam-Webster as, first, general agreement, and second, group solidarity of belief or sentiment. It has its origin in a Latin word meaning literally feel together.[1] It is used to describe both general agreement and the process of getting to such agreement. Consensus decision-making is thus concerned primarily with that process.

    Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

    by Horace Boothroyd III on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 09:57:42 AM PDT

    •  Not precisely as yet (1+ / 0-)
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      Here in so-called democracy land it is winner take all.  Objections be damned.  That is why Bush could declare that he had all that political capital when in fact it was first a selected presidency and then a scavenged presidency.

      We have a generation of leaders – Merkel, Sarkozy, Obama, Cameron – who don't seem to have the faintest idea of what they're doing. Politics is now nothing more than people saying hopeful things with their fingers crossed... - David Hare

      by glitterscale on Mon Sep 19, 2011 at 10:51:49 AM PDT

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  •  I'm feeding my (4+ / 0-)

    optimistic and pragmatic wolf by looking to the people globally.  The global 'world as we find it is not inevitable or too big to fail or the way forward. the only way it will be inevitable is if people consent to this cooked up reality that is not democratic and does not work for people or their society.  The resistance is bigger then 'the leftists' it's populist and growing. I stand in solidarity with democracy and the people.

    Our elected representatives are not going to fight for people or economic equity or even representational democracy. It's up to the people the workers, globally to stand up and withdraw support. From WI to Egypt and England and every where that they are practicing the theory and implementation of oligarchical collectivism people will resist.

    If people have no way to address their grievances through parliamentary means they will take it to the streets. The Democratic party either fights for the people or it loses and dies. As it stands it's unwilling to do this as it is run and owned by the same people bi-partisanly have made our government a ATM for the corporation who own it.

    Go Rosanne you are not afraid to be vocal about what is going on.    

  •  glitterscale , please keep rocking my world. (0+ / 0-)

    ohmyghod.

    thank you for being such an incredible force here.

    flowers and fruit to follow.

    hugs

    I once had a rose named after me and I was very flattered. But I was not pleased to read the description in the catalog: "No good in a bed, but fine up against a wall." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

    by Ramdove on Wed Sep 21, 2011 at 04:49:08 PM PDT

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