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  •  I see the biggest problem as agreeing on what (12+ / 0-)

    "we" want and why we have these problems.  To rid the political system of corruption?  To stop wars and imperialism?  To stop potential cuts to Social Security?  Justice for crimes committed against humanity?  
    On the one hand I like your approach, on the other I see holes.  Take the Occupy movement for example.  There was a single theme, the 99% vs 1%, but even that didn't pinpoint something that could actually be done that would solve the problem.  Take Greece, Portugal, Ireland, etc.  Continuing protests for years now and the situation for the masses continues to get worse.  Look at the Arab Spring in Egypt and Tunisia.  They got new governments but that didn't solve their problems.  
    Everyone has a different opinion on what the problems are and why, let alone what should be done about it all.   Do I want to spend my time researching what is corruptin my Congress person, who happens to be a teabagger Republican?  No I don't.  I believe the entire system is corrupted and it would make no difference.  Everyone knows the politicians are corrupted, that's why Congress has an approval rating in the teens.  Do I want to spend my time figuring out why the system is corrupted, and by who and what?   To solve the problem at the source?  Yes.  But most do not.  
    Certainly doing anything is better than nothing and I commend those who are doing something.  It depends on what problem you want to solve.    

    "I'm an antiwar propagandist as accused by democrats. Not even republicans have called me that."

    by BigAlinWashSt on Sat May 11, 2013 at 01:13:15 PM PDT

    •  yes and no (4+ / 0-)

      i agree with you but think other factors are at play.

      we live in an era in which many have two jobs, no leisure time, and this is just to survive another week and pay bills another month.  people who are virtually enslaved don't feel empowered.  they just feel scared and tired.  so online activism is all they can do and i wouldn't discourage signing petitions.

      to anyone who thinks signing a petition is useless, we wouldn't recognize Trayvon Martin's name had his parents not taken their cause to Change.org.

      the second barrier is faux-activism (in my signature), or people who use their Facebook status or Twitter as a way to feel good about themselves and "like" something or claim solidarity with a movement, but that's where it ends.

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