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  •  It did change America. Right now the budget (18+ / 0-)

    talks are focusing on the 2% exclusively for taxation and debt relief and the whole MSM, Washington and political class is ablaze with apoplexy. The Democratic party has found it's mojo and mission though mainstream negotiations with the oligarchy with the simple formula of making the 2% pay their fair share. That's more than a consolation prize, that's fucking progress! (from 1% to 2%).
    We are seeing Occupy 2.0 being implemented in a main stream fashion...today...right now. Too late. We are miraculously pushing a  2%/98% taxation plank that returned power to Democrats.

    To minimize the insertion of the 1/99% into the consciousness of the public sector and mainstream debate is nothing short of brilliant. To call it a "consolation prize at best" is condescending.

    In 2000, I went to a large drumming event in Northern California, it was powerful and fun. I knew then that Madison Avenue and Wall Street would be squeamish with the inherent simple tribalism of the masses or as you say, hippie sensibilities.

    After all is said and done, a lot more is said than done.

    by Brahman Colorado on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 04:57:51 AM PST

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    •  Yes. I do agree that they had a huge impact (4+ / 0-)

      on language and comprehension of wealth inequality. I do give them ups on that.

      As a been there, done that, still am hippie of the first generation, I can't help but see Occupy making some of the same mistakes that we did.

      One of them was acknowledging a true evil and then being totally unable to to fight it effectively because we splintered away into our own little issues. In Occupy's case it's the fetish of not identifying with any existing political idea.

      Kos has been 100% more effective in his approach than thousands of us were.

      "The scientific nature of the ordinary man is to go on out and do the best you can." John Prine

      by high uintas on Sun Dec 02, 2012 at 08:42:54 AM PST

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