Posted 5 years ago on Feb. 12, 2012, 12:24 a.m. EST by sencha
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Tonight was my first at the general General Assembly on Wall Street.
The man sitting next to me whispers he thinks the consensus process was promoted by interlopers so we would never get anything done.
I can't help but wonder. From my vantage point in the back of the room, I see thoughtful-looking people leaving, muttering "This is ridiculous." Meanwhile, a bunch of angry people under a palm tree shout at each other on everything from which proposal we should discuss to whose turn it is to shout.
Perhaps we are supposed to know this by osmosis, but what is the justification for the current "consensus based" process? Can we ask pragmatically: It this is a system that actually fosters consensus? Wouldn't minimal structure, such as allotted time for each proposal, actually be more egalitarian?
Whatever the cause, the kind of belligerent power plays I witnessed tonight are what many of us came to Occupy to escape. I leave with a bad headache, wondering how many people the movement has lost for these kind of displays.