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Forum Post: Do a few supporters of a movement speak for the entire movement?

Posted 6 years ago on May 11, 2012, 12:47 p.m. EST by Craiggiedangit (99)
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Just wondering. If a few people do something bad, and they are associated with a larger political movement, does that reflect badly on the movement itself?



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[-] 1 points by sampfeifer (20) from Issaquah, WA 6 years ago

Of course it reflects badly on the movement, we are all in this together. This negative effect can be ameliorated if the movement discredits them after, or preferably, before the fact.
This effect is magnified because there are no real goals within the occupy movement, no unifying symbol. Therefore we are represented by our actions alone. We should be able to take power away from radicals and crazies by forming a direct and clear manifesto of goals and attach that to a symbol. Then, no matter individual actions, there is always something larger to represent the movement.

[-] 1 points by CarlosFenito (36) 6 years ago

Is it a movement I agree with or disagree with? It matters!

[-] 0 points by XenuLives (1645) from Charlotte, NC 6 years ago

Depends on who you ask. I think not, because there are bad apples in every group in the world. It is more wise to observe the majority of the groups in question and form an opinion from those than to only look at the few people who act out or deviate from the majority.