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I need to vent a bit.

After attending the Occupy Muskegon event I'm reading tons of comments from the news and in the comment threads about how the Occupy Muskegon event, which I considered to be wonderfully inspiring and successful, was disorganized and directionless.

To those folks I say, Piss Off.

Disorganized and directionless?

Ya know what? YOU may be happy being told what to stand for. YOU may be happy to be told what kind of idiotic, cartoon hat to wear. YOU may be happy to be told what to chant and when. YOU may be happy to be told what to believe and when to believe it.

I AM NOT.

The first meeting of the Occupy Muskegon General Assembly was meant to ASK people what they want, not TELL us what we SHOULD WANT.

WOW.

WHAT a concept.

A movement that ASKS Americans what they ACTUALLY WANT and then decides as a group how they're going to address those issues.

Holy crap. That almost.....ALMOST...sounds like a Democracy. Directionless. Disorganized. MESSY. With all these people having a VOICE and DISAGREEING with each other sometimes.

OH for the LOVE of GOD, NOT THAT. NOT DEMOCRACY.

ANYTHING but DEMOCRACY. ANYTHING but an actual demonstration born of ACTUAL PEOPLE and ACTUAL DEMANDS without a CENTRAL DICTATOR.

Why...this DEMOCRACY thing sounds an awful lot like ANARCHY. If no single person is in charge? It MUST be anarchy! Right? Because the will of the general populace couldn't POSSIBLY have anything useful to say or have even the remotest capacity to SELF GOVERN.

OH.

Oh...YOU feel like our meetings are directionless and disorganized.

Well thanks for the input.

We'll write it down on our big whiteboard and take your criticism under advisement.

You know what...maybe...just MAYBE...YOU are not comfortable with Democracy. MAYBE you NEED somebody to tell you what to believe. WHAT to stand for. And how.

Or maybe you just have NO CONCEPT...

NO CONCEPT

...of how an ACTUAL grass roots, democratic movement works.

Originally posted to Muskegon Critic on Sun Oct 16, 2011 at 12:13 AM PDT.

Also republished by ClassWarfare Newsletter: WallStreet VS Working Class Global Occupy movement, Occupy Wall Street, and Progressive Hippie.

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