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Forum Post: One person's opinion on why a leaderless and decentralized OWS is best

Posted 2 years ago on Jan. 7, 2012, 8:55 a.m. EST by therising (6643)
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I honestly think being leaderless is helpful. I don't know any one individual who would have the qualifications to be a leader of the movement.. I think the best people step forward at the right times behind the scenes and plan actions / rise to the occasion.

I think the movement needs to have consistent action and hope this Feb 29th action shown in news section is helpful in galvanizing people and effecting real change. It may be that the most impactful pursuit for this movement is executing planning and rallying support for a relentless series of actions that awaken Americans to what's really going on in this country.

These actions also obviously serve to directly confront corporate power. I think this is the real fight here: humanity vs a corporate system that subjugates all of humanity, including the 1%. And I think corporate power could discredit any individual leader in a heartbeat. They have billions of pr dollars at their disposal.

I've never personally planned an action for OWS, even locally, because I don't have the skills to do that. I don't kmow anyone who has those skills. It seems there are so many great people out there who DO have those skills and we all owe them a great debt. They and the people participating in actions are true patriots in my view. They're fighting for the soul of this country and the soul of humanity.

At least once a day it hits me what heroes these people are. While I'm just a guy with a day job who types on an electronic device, they meet, research, plan, travel, camp and execute complicated yet fluid plans that result in real action. I'm in awe of that heroism.

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[-] 3 points by Samcitt (136) 2 years ago

A leaderless and decentralized movement is easier painted as an uneducated mob or a violent horde by opponents compared to an inspired and organized movement.

[-] 1 points by alexrai (851) 2 years ago

You should add NDAA to that list... you'd have to be crazy to be the visible leader of a movement like this. Tim Leary found out in the 1960s what happens to leaders of movements, as did MLK. :p

[-] 1 points by bensdad (8977) 2 years ago

leaderless - headless - just what the tea potty wants OWS 2B

MLK did not lead - no success
Walessa did not lead - no success
Washington did not lead - no success
Mandella did not lead - no success
BUT
grover + ruppert + eric + david + charles did not lead - no success.

OR
am I missing something ?

[-] 1 points by RedJazz43 (2757) 2 years ago

No social movement in history ever had a single leader. We are not a leaderless movement. We are a leaderful movement. Everyone is a leader. Because the kind of changes are so comprehensive and profound we actually need more leaders than other movements. That's one reason why everyone is a leader

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

So how do you, I and others play whatever small part we can in helping to get more people to turn out and support movement?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (20423) 2 years ago

Getting more people to feel comfortable posting in this forum would be a good place to start. Have you noticed that if you just type the letter "o" into the google search this website comes up in the top 3.

[-] 1 points by jomojo (562) 2 years ago

My guess is that they are counting on us to show up. You've laid out good reasons to.

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

So how do you, I and others play whatever small part we can in helping to get more people to turn out and support movement?

[-] 1 points by jomojo (562) 2 years ago

Talk less listen more. Think with your heart. Look for heroes and stay free. All that jazz.