Monday, October 24, 2011

Where does Occupy Wall Street Go from Here?

Well, the group itself posted it's view on that subject, and it's stated pretty clearly, I think. I doubt that it'll shut up the haters and mainstream media miscreants, but maybe it'll help people wrap their heads around something that isn't a reality show; that's a movement that has potential beyond the usual bunch of talking points and a laundry list of demands. That's the old paradigm, and this movement is sooo not that.
If nothing else, Occupy Wall Street is showing us that there are more important things in life than comfortable sleep and acceptance of the status quo. The slumbering giant is awakening and for once it's not interested in subjugating other cultures.

It's exciting. And not just exhilarating, but exciting people's imagination for what could be. And I have yet to experience a General Assembly meeting, but that incredibly civilized, egalitarian, and influence-free democratic process alone is something missing in our "more professional" democracy; which is really just a plutocracy these days anyway.

Observation from member of Occupy Wall Street
After years of Oh, for fuck's sake, not again ennui and eye-rolling indifference to people who promised changes in the system but failed to deliver, this really is what a lot of people have been waiting for. Will it fulfill its potential? Who knows? But that prospect really is what's exciting...

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