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Forum Post: Explaining the Movement to Others v2

Posted 9 years ago on Oct. 20, 2011, 11:16 p.m. EST by marcxstar (167) from Los Angeles, CA
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In an effort to explain the movement as best I can to those I encounter who only get their information from the mainstream media, I've gathered the following summation (... with thanks to Mike122333 ):

I welcome your comments:

When confronted with the claim that the movement needs a leader: "The movement has organizers but no figurehead."

When confronted with the claim that the movement has no demands: It seems that the movement has two objectives upon which everyone tends to agree:

1) Repeal the Gramm–Leach–Bliley Act of 1999 and reinstate the Glass–Steagall Act of 1933: The Glass-Steagall act was the safeguard put in place after the Great Depression to prevent commercial banks from merging with investment banks.

2) Campaign Finance Reform: Remove all private contributions from political campaigns, both individual and corporate; and return corporate personhood to its intended status, a legal fiction that allows corporations to engage in contracts as individual entities, instead of the current definition granted by the Supreme Court, affording corporations the same constitutional guarantees that were intended solely for humans.

The movement also seems to have a long term agenda ... convening General Assemblies in NYC and around the country to discuss the redress of grievances by the People.

Delegates will meet in Philadelphia at a National General Assembly on July 4, 2012 to finalize the movement's objectives.

If the demands are not taken up by Congress, political action will ensue to elect candidates for Congressional seats around the country until our government is truly of, by and for the people.

... and if asked if the movement advocates the violent overthrow of the U.S. Gov’t? “Don’t be ridiculous! Metaphorically, if the interior of a house needs a paint job, one doesn’t demolish the house. One picks out the new color(s), calls up some friends and starts painting.”

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[-] 1 points by George1234 (82) 9 years ago

We should concentrate on Tax reform as the FIRST STEP. This is very specific, and easily achievable, and will reduce price of every thing by 50%.
(1). All Taxes should be abolished (2). We ask for a single simple tax collection process. Tax all bank transactions by 2%. (3). Revenue required for Government program can be easily collected by taxing all bank transactions by 2%. There is no need for multiple taxes, e.g income tax, sales tax, property tax etc etc. This will reduce price of everything by 50% (4). This process will eliminate all record keeping for individuals, businesses and organizations. No preparation and filing of tax forms. No audits

[-] 1 points by teddy (6) from Bedford, VA 9 years ago

While I agree completely with your list of objectives and the rationale, I suggest that maybe at this point in the movement it might be best to stick to more general, unassailable concepts such as "true democracy". Each person's voice must be heard and then majority rules. After all, at this point the battle is for the "hearts and minds" (god, I love cliches) of those who might be won over. Anyway that's how I explain my committment....... If anyone wants to argue with my motives, they're going to have to come out against democracy.

[-] 1 points by jamesvapor (221) 9 years ago

man , who in the hell is going to feed all the guys holding paint brushs ?

[-] 0 points by marcxstar (167) from Los Angeles, CA 9 years ago

Those of us who want the world to be a better place.

[-] 1 points by jamesvapor (221) 9 years ago

ok so that means a potluck dinner ? should you known someone source forks and knives , plates , waste clean up port a toilets , covered meeting areas , first aid tend, internal security with the help of local law inforcement. handycap access, drink , my god, drinks will be needed. metal detectors. does anyone have a head count ? anyone had to plan a really really big wedding , or ...tradeshow ?

[-] 1 points by HitGirl (2263) 9 years ago

That makes me think better of the movement.

[-] 0 points by YuckFouHippies (189) 9 years ago

This site might be helpful.

http://www.occupile.com/

[-] 0 points by marcxstar (167) from Los Angeles, CA 9 years ago

Thanks for the humorous post Yuck. That site gave me a chuckle.

Also I want to thank you for spending so much of your time and energy directed towards the movement.

You have no idea how the energy you're pouring into this helps us grow exponentially.