Posted 8 years ago on Dec. 21, 2011, 12:25 a.m. EST by puff6962
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When this movement existed as just a few people camping out in a park, the "Occupy" moniker was descriptive. It reminded people of the abuses of Wall Street and, hence, the "Occupy Wall Street" term encompassed the movement.
But, it is shifted so far beyond that now. The Occupy movement has attracted the interest of a broad intellectual braintrust who have injected a variety of initiatives and objectives.
Many of these are symbiotic, others are not. But, what unites these themes, what brings all of the followers together, is that they are PROGRESSIVE.
Now, I know that this name has already been taken by an insurance company with terrible commercials, but it may be wise.....you may have it in the back of your head......that at some point, we begin to identify ourselves as "The Progressives."
The term "Occupy" carries various connotations to the moderates of America and, as history shows, populists movements live or die based upon the opinion of the moderates.
To move beyond the image of a bunch of kids in the park or shutting down ports for the hell of it, Occupy must become a political entity. It must acquire a seat at the table of power. It must not only develop ideas, it must turn all of the gears to make them reality.
"Occupy Forward" may serve well for the 2012 election. But, when the parks are vacated and we consort through our ideas, it may be more suitable for our philosophy to have a new descriptor.
"The Progressives" brings back images of Teddy Roosevelt and The Bull Moose Party. It reminds us of The Fair Deal and, subsequently, The New Deal.
It describes who we are and gives us room to grow.