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  •  Massive wishful thinking (1+ / 0-)
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    Given the increasingly blunt manner in which the ruling elites continue to engage in blatant acts of corruption and oppression, born our of government and corporatist collusion, if the population were not under the control of the mind-numbing corporate media conglomerate propaganda, right now we would have the equivalent of Occupy Wall Street, ten times the size of what it was at its height.
    No, because even if there was no media propaganda,  it wouldn't change a) the economic conditions that made it impossible for a large number of people to protest and b) the fact that an equally large number of people believe that Occupy's stated disdain for electoral politics rendered them essentially irrelevant. And why on Earth would anyone join a movement they believed to be irrelevant?
    Right now there would be hundreds of thousands of people protesting in Washington, D.C., having kept vigil there for months (coming and going).  There would be huge rallies, civil disobedience tactics, and all manner of protests all across the country, non-stop, week after week, month after month.
    No, there really wouldn't, partially because economic conditions wouldn't allow it and partially because it'd be utterly useless.  Look at history- no one pays attention to protests in any significant way.

    The only power you have to express yourself that is actually paid attention to is through getting involved in electoral politics.

    "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

    by Whimsical on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:44:03 AM PST

    •  You should review your understanding of (0+ / 0-)

      history.  When it comes to any type of advances in civil rights and justice and equality the driver behind them has always been resistance, protest, activism, and people taking the street in protest.

      You need both, the electoral process, and activism at the street level.

      Saying that the only power you have to express yourself is through getting involved in electoral politics is cop out.

      Now more than ever we need a Occupy Wall Street-type uprising.  

    •  Occupy started out very simply: (1+ / 0-)
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      1. We are our own leaders!

      2. We oppose corporate corruption!

      3. We want jobs!

      Then a number of New York lefties got hands on the agendas at the self-named General Assembly meetings and everything fragmented.

      And the city's homeless population arrived en masse.

      And somehow we got stuck trying to hold Zuccotti into November, despite that we had diabetics and other special medical needs people and winter was coming on.

      So, yeah, anarchy is a disaster. Any community needs structure and a way to do planning. And you need a way to ostracize individuals who come into do damage.

      Otherwise, OWS was a great time for all !!

      "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

      by bontemps2012 on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:17:58 AM PST

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      •  A great time, yes. (1+ / 0-)
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        An effective political force for change? Not so much.

        "The future of man is not one billion of us fighting over limited resources on a soon-to-be dead planet. . .I won't go back into the cave for anyone."

        by Whimsical on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 11:17:04 AM PST

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