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  •  OMG, where to begin? (13+ / 0-)

    Well, okay, I agree with you: that is the starting point.

    It will take a massive sea-change (redundancy of redundant department?) in popular culture to achieve what you (and I) would like to have happen.  How to achieve that when all of popular culture is owned by the likes of Rupert?

    Here's the problem: Most of us are struggling to get by, and we need our little escapisms to maintain our sanity and equanimity in the face of the plutocrats trying to rob us of our just pay and demand more and more work for tinier and tinier wages.

    Escapisms include beer, TV, weed, sex, and whatever else it takes to bring a bit of joy into a bleak existence.

    And that's the LIBERAL end of it.  Those who follow the authoritarian leaders of the Tea Party are much more deluded.

    So from where I sit, it will take a massive media effort -- bigger, much bigger, than Occupy -- to get people's attention.

    Gail Collins did an op-ed about Occupy in which (I paraphrase) she wrote about sitting in on consensus-only meetings in the 1960s and falling asleep halfway through: and I think she's right.  I loved Occupy: but a leaderless movement is a rudderless boat.

    So there's that.  Humans seem to need hierarchy (but not authoritarianism) to get a real movement going.

    Make of this what you will.  It's just my musings at 4 a.m. Eastern, and I have to go to work again tomorrow afternoon.

    To make the argument that the media has a left- or right-wing, or a liberal or a conservative bias, is like asking if the problem with Al-Qaeda is do they use too much oil in their hummus. Al Franken

    by Youffraita on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 01:21:57 AM PST

    •  Thank you for sharing that; I tend to agree with (0+ / 0-)

      your analysis.

    •  Sooooo (1+ / 0-)
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      Ray Pensador

      To bring it on-line, the Movement needs a Leader.  A Priest, a King, a Hero, a Martyr.  Maybe all of the above.  And until that person steps out of the darkness we're all going to mill about like sheep on a rocky hillside, waiting for someone to take us where there's some decent grass.

      I'm not buying all the garbage about how WE are the leaders, each and every one of us, etc., etc.  The fact is that people who are both good at and willing to do the work to lead a fractious herd of cats are rare, fallible, and tend to burn out quickly.

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