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    Ray Pensador, CroneWit

    what has been missing is an overarching, unifying vision or articulated set of principles that knits together the diversity of the 99% against the relatively monolithic 1%. It was this short coming that led to the unraveling of OWS after its initial success in seizing the public imagination.

    The last time we seemed to be close to anything approaching this was in 1968. The murders of Dr. King and, to a lesser extent, RFK robbed us of that opportunity.

    In the decades since, the left has wander in the wilderness of particularism and single issue politics. The result has been fragmentation and the fetishizing of alienation as the sine qua non of the "radical" perspective. In this we have done the work of the corporate oligarchs for them.

    I  certainly don't claim to have the absolute solution for this but I think I know where to begin. We must think less in terms of the issue(s) that most concern us personally and shift to focus on broad appeals that can speak across the divisions between constituencies. That means breaking out of our social and political comfort zones and doing a great deal more listening  than lecturing.  

     

    Nothing human is alien to me.

    by WB Reeves on Sun May 12, 2013 at 12:40:13 PM PDT

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