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Forum Post: I HAVE TO LAUGH: a message to those who are cynical about the effects of Occupy

Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 18, 2012, 12:59 p.m. EST by therising (6643)
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Seems like momentum is picking up again. This walmart strike is a very big deal.

I have to laugh when I hear cynics occasionally ask "What the hell did Occupy achieve?" TO THOSE CYNICS, I say "Ha. First of all, Occupy isn't past tense. It's still very much with us. Just because the volcano isn't currently erupting in your particular neck of the woods doesn't mean it isn't bubbling up in all sorts of other key places. It also doesn't mean there aren't millions of tons of glowing magma just beneath the surface of the earth. Right underneath you man... Shhhh... If you listen close, you can hear it bubbling and feel it rumbling.

Secondly, to those cycnics, I'd say: "Do you really think one of the largest corporations in the world would be shaking in its boots right now if millions of people around the world hadn't voiced solidarity with Occupy in the last 14 months? When people speak up, others feel safe speaking up. This is no small thing. In fact, it is the very thing the 1% are most afraid of: citizens around the world feeling their oats, feeling a sense of community with one another, feeling solidarity. This has the power to decimate the calculated divisions that have kept the 99% powerless for so long.

Once we realize that we are the 99%, once we realize that what we have in common is far more powerful than that which divides us, we can make decisions from a position of unified power rather than demands from a position of divided weakness.

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[-] 7 points by DKAtoday (26179) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Very good - I saw this comment earlier - and it makes a GR8 Post. Thx.

When people speak up, others feel safe speaking up.

Many people have un-expressed thoughts on the state of the world around them. They find it easier to speak and harder to remain silent as they see and hear others speak out.

The Sound of Silence - Has Been Broken.

Now further involvement can grow.

[-] 5 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Cheers to that! The momentum continues to grow...

[-] 5 points by DKAtoday (26179) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Yes - momentum is building. So much good to accomplish. And more & more people are getting involved.

[-] 4 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

It's beautiful to see the energy popping up in countless ways. There's just no way for the 1% to quash an idea whose time has come. Soon they'll join us and we'll be the 100%.

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (26179) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Some good initiatives made it through the ballot process this last election - may we see more good initiatives - and special public votes to approve them - we really should not have to wait for a scheduled election - to make good things happen.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

The people are feeling their oats! Gaining confidence and getting a buzz from seeing real progress as a result of their participation in collective action.

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (26179) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Time to get that feeling of success from more issues. Hey?

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Fortunately, it may be addictive. :)

[-] 2 points by DKAtoday (26179) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Not a bad addiction to acquire - I do believe it to be one of the rare healthy addictions.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 1 year ago

Ha! You may be right :)

[-] 4 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

Occupy has had a great effect! We have changed the zeitgeist, and that is not only the hardest thing, it is the only thing!

[-] 3 points by DKAtoday (26179) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

4 any who are wondering:

Google Zeitgeist www.google.com/zeitgeist/ “Zeitgeist” means “the spirit of the times,” and this spirit can be seen through the aggregation of billions of search queries Google receives every day. The annual ...

Further:

Zeitgeist: The Movie - 2007 by Peter Joseph on Vimeo ► 120:27► 120:27

vimeo.com/13726978Jul 29, 2010 - 120 min Zeitgeist: The Movie - 2007 by Peter Joseph. (with 2010 update) Download the Companion Source Guide ...

[-] 3 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

Thanks, DKA.

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (26179) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Occupy - the happening.

[-] 4 points by DKAtoday (26179) from Coon Rapids, MN 1 year ago

Thank you for adding to the conversation. We the People - Need Good Ideals to LIVE FOR. And Occupy and all good groups supporting the People ( all of the people ) - breathe life into good ideals.

[-] 4 points by GirlFriday (17435) 1 year ago

Right on, therising. Nailed it again. You are good like that.

[-] 3 points by Nevada1 (4784) 1 year ago

Good Post

[-] 3 points by stevebol (1269) from Milwaukee, WI 1 year ago

Look at the money the Walton's make. It's mind boggling to think they can't pay their workers more and treat them better.

[-] 2 points by WiccanRevolutionary (63) from South Charleston, OH 1 year ago

Thank you!

[+] -4 points by Shayneh (-482) 1 year ago

So enlighten everyone - what has changed over the past year financially with regard to "Occupy' and the wall street and bailouts along with the feds printing more money and the stock market taking a dive and lets not forget another trillion in debt by the end of 2013.

[-] 1 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

Okay, it's like George Bush took 5 trillion rolls of "pre owned" toilet paper and spread it all over, from one end of the country to the other, and you're complaining 'cause WE haven't cleaned it up yet. Hey, thanks for the help. It's appreciated.

You probably voted for him too! Come on, out with it!

[-] -1 points by Shayneh (-482) 1 year ago

Hey Bush may have spent 5 trillion during his term but Obama spent 5 trillion on banks and is on the verge of spending another 5 trillion and has nothing to show for it. Think maybe another 5 trillion will make everyone feel happy and have a better job? I don't think so.

[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 1 year ago

They are both utter disasters and anyone who falls for their BS is not helping.

[-] -3 points by Shayneh (-482) 1 year ago

Well, with regard to Bush he had help from society spending themselves into submission to cause the economy to take a dump.

With regard to Obama, he didn't need any help and the economy still hasn't gotten any better

I do agree with you though that we need to stop the spending spree from both parties both Bush and Obama contributed to this debachel and we need to put the brakes on.

[-] 4 points by GypsyKing (9780) 1 year ago

By . . . Let me guess . . . cutting social services, increasing fraudulent military contracts, and lowering taxes on the corporations and the ultra wealthy?

Man you guys are relentless . . . beyond tiresome but relentless, I'll give you that. But guess what, that BS don't sell anymore, so take it with you when you decide to move your business to Mexico. You can leave your citizenship at the border.