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  •  They would be so stupid to be violent (1+ / 0-)
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    It would push many, many Americans over the edge with the 1%. Remember Kent State?? Kids still learn about it. The wealthy and powerful are suffering from some very serious hubris if they think violence is effective nowadays. It is not. They would anger more people than they would scare.

    Never forget that Americans all come from people who had the guts to up and leave another country and make their way across an ocean to a whole new world. That is what makes us different from other peoples, in good and bad ways. A good way is that we do NOT like to be pushed around. If there were violence, I can imagine strikes, work-outs, lots of pushback. I pray these 1%ers are not stupid enough to think Americans would smile on this.

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    by adigal on Fri May 04, 2012 at 08:55:28 AM PDT

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    •  Even more recent than 1776 (2+ / 0-)
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      I have been getting more and more familiar with the largest labor uprising ever in this country, large enough that the president actually deployed the military inside our borders to put it down.

      Matewan, where the robber barons had the balls to openly assassinate a union leader on the steps of a courthouse, in the middle of the day, and got away with it.

      A very telling bit about the general mood of the oppressed - they had spent years trying to effect change through the vote and through the courts, and the power of the robber barons' gold defeated the people at every turn. So, eventually a few thousand pissed off men picked up their guns - some of which were full auto machine guns brought home from their time in the army, and went to step four:
      Use boxes in this order:
      1 Soap
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      The unions spent all their cash reserves on bringing in volunteers from across several states, and buying arms and ammo for the striking miners who had been forced to see their families starved, beaten and killed for the "sin" of joining a union. All told, more than ten thousand armed men fought against private 'detective' companies for the right to unionize.

      That was 1920-1921. The coal wars / mine wars / battle of blair mountain.

    •  I agree with much of what you're saying (0+ / 0-)

      but I'd point out that not all Americans came here from another country. There are still a lot of people who's families were here before Columbus sailed the ocean blue.

      There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Fri May 04, 2012 at 07:17:36 PM PDT

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    •  Re: They would be so stupid to be violent (0+ / 0-)

      Agreed but they will be.

      The important thing is, OWS cannot be seen as warriors or soldiers, because the truth is, they're working people, and that's what America needs to see when Pinkerton moves in on them.

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