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Forum Post: OWS must become transparent or die

Posted 6 years ago on Feb. 4, 2012, 6:46 a.m. EST by Jjons (0)
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OWS must become transparent! It must be open to the opinions of all protesters, not only to those of the anarchists.

The working group in charge of press releases must name its authors and accept input from the majority of protesters. Many people are dissatisfied with the slants taken in recent OWS news reports.

The working group in charge of this website should name its moderators and be open to the opinions of all protesters. Banning people for giving opinions that clash with the anarchists' philosophies is extremely detrimental to OWS.

The anarchists must let go of their firm gripe over the NYCGA. They should promote real democracy through consensus, not a false democracy with themselves as puppet masters behind the curtain.

OWS has become a totalitarian protest. This is what is going to kill it, not the police. OWS has leaders, but they are hidden behind a curtain. OWS has leaders, but they have no term limits. This is detrimental to all protesters.

America's corruption is worse than ever. OWS is a much needed protest to fight against this problem, but it must become transparent if it is to succeed. Or else, the trust of protesters will wander to another group and OWS will die.



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[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago


[-] 1 points by alterorabolish1 (569) 6 years ago

"What's the best way to keep a secret? Don't have them".

[-] 1 points by April (3196) 6 years ago

It's worse than this. The anarchist methods and structure that they put in place prevents any change. They don't even need to operate from behind the scenes. The GA process itself is enough to keep them in power. Because it only take a 10% minority to downvote any proposal. The minority rules the majority.


[-] 1 points by April (3196) 6 years ago

yeah, for some reason I thought that the GA required a 2/3 majority. A 10% minority totally prevents any kind of change for this movement. I mistakenly thought that somehow the regular protesters could help to change things. To get some better leadership and organization and direction. But it's totally impossible.

Eventually even the Working Groups that are going in circles will tire. Many are not even active anymore! Looking around at other Occupy sites, some of the other large cities only have 5 - 10 people attending the GA's regularly! And there is tons of infighting by reading the forums there. Not surprising.

I think things will just drag along with random and sporadic direct action stuff. Until it just burns itself out for total lack of money and support. Hopefully won't continue getting violent like Oakland seems intent to.


[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago

sorry I changed my answer after that post

the government is proposing new construction

why not build hospitals?


[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago

direct democracy



[-] 1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 6 years ago

Occupy has already turned into good ratings for the media and talking points for politicians. The nature of capitalism would keep this alive for at least another year even if there were no protesters left.

[-] -3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 6 years ago


Hi Thrasy!!!


[-] -1 points by GirlFriday (17435) 6 years ago

It was already at the top. :D