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  •  You don't think they will relinquish power (3+ / 0-)
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    easily do you?  This is the history of all revolutions.  The reason OWS got crushed was that it was too small.  Small occupations of physical space isn't good enough.  Now if you got 50 million to occupy physical space that there would be a confrontation.  It's in that confrontation, where the government will use excessive force, that we bring enough of the rest of the nation to the democracy movement ... at least so they aren't in opposition.

    This will take some time to build.  But when it happens I think it will surprise all of us.

    "The real wealth of a nation consists of the contributions of its people and nature." -- Rianne Eisler

    by noofsh on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 07:17:15 AM PDT

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    •  OWS has not been crushed (11+ / 0-)

      It still goes on in many many ways.

      What happened was that it became clear that freedom of speech and freedom of assembly without conditions do not exist in this country unless you are pro-business.  And even then you have to subject yourself to conditions of control.

      It also became clear that even for a Democratic administration the same rules do not apply to Operation Rescue and Occupy Wall Street.  Advocating murder of abortion doctors is more acceptable than advocating that too-big-to-fail banks be allowed to fail.

      What was striking was that the government could not ignore a small movement like Occupy Wall Street.  It felt compelled to crush it.  That sort of zero tolerance of dissent bespeaks exteme fear.  And that is dangerous for the future of this country.

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      by TarheelDem on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 07:37:34 AM PDT

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    •  We just don't have enough people yet willing (1+ / 0-)
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      enough to be killed through that "excessive force"...because when it come to 50 million people standing up to this government, you know a bunch of them are going to get killed.

      "We refuse to fight in a war started by men who refused to fight in a war." -freewayblogger

      by Bisbonian on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 09:55:20 AM PDT

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