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Forum Post: OWS We Need To Wake Up

Posted 10 years ago on Jan. 19, 2012, 1:20 p.m. EST by DUBIETAS (5)
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We are talking among ourselves with the exception of the unfavorable intruders. We are the 99% was a great moniker but even it needs improvement, but the Occupy identification is now a dim bulb and in retrospect excluding. We need a new identification that is much more inclusive! What is it? I don’t know but if we assemble and attract the Best and the Brightest there is room for a new approach and way to be accepted. Our current direction is not penetrating and at this rate we will be ineffectual throughout 2012. Lets get a brain trust together and start attracting everyone who is asleep and complacent to the ultimate calamity that is looming. We have professors and x-Washington insiders among us as well as media giants. Lock them in a room and lets have them design something that will attract the mainstream and stop making us look like fringe lunatics with no “Specific Objective”. You can complain about this post as much as you want , but you’ll be singing to the choir and getting nowhere. If our deeply philosophical writings and soliloquies escape the average American and continue to be little if anything in the media it’s all for not. Bring this thing together for the vast majority, hell Leave it to Beaver reruns is getting better ratings maybe we can learn something from this run of the mill sitcom mentality.



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[-] 1 points by AFarewellToKings (1486) 10 years ago

"I don't know but if we assemble..." The 99% Declaration suggests a National General Assembly composed of 876 delegates chosen by the 99%, brightest, best, and otherwise, with the specific objective of petitioning the government as per the 1st Amendment. Given the void you describe I have yet to hear one good reason every single person here shouldn't be supporting the effort. It's mainstream and specific and the NYCGA should be DEMANDING it. The financial donations held by the NYCGA belong to the NGA.


[-] 1 points by MatthewJones (32) 10 years ago

Some specific objectives should be:

  1. Ban hydraulic fracturing.
  2. Legalize weed, regulate and tax it. (ending/dramatically recuding the drug war, which will also help with immigration issues regarding Mexicans).
  3. End overseas oil wars.
  4. invest considerably more in sustainable energy sources.
  5. Nationalize healthcare.
[-] 1 points by Uncomemierda (1) 10 years ago

Ate you saying we shouldn't speak Chinese in English?

[-] 1 points by CatLady2 (248) from New York, NY 10 years ago

Bravo! Until there are a couple of well defined goals and strategic plans to make change, all this ballyhooing in the streets is going to continue alienating mainstream America.

In the beginning there was the goal of getting money out of politics, but as we all see, it is business as usual with the campaigns. Campaign fundraisers are bringing in enormous monies to every candidate, nothing has slowed that down.

I'd like to see the brightest and the best gather to brainstorm some real ideas for change. Real solid ideas, not the all over the place grievances.

The constant belittling and name calling on these forums is disgraceful. It is a real show of immaturity and elitist mentality. Being well versed and read in all sorts of social policies of the world , doesn't mean a whole lot to the average person. All the deep intellectual chatter isn't going to help balance the books so to speak.

Nothing is going to happen overnight, but if folks start unifying in common goals , thats a real beginning.

[-] 0 points by BystanderDC (91) 10 years ago

Well put. I think you are echoing a lot of the things a lot of us are feeling. I feel the movement has lost its way and is trying to do too much. Instead of doing a few things well we are doing many things poorly. The GAs are ok. But if you attend them you get a sense that it's a democracy but one that is not inclusive. Asking questions for new people can be intimidating.

[-] 1 points by CatLady2 (248) from New York, NY 10 years ago

Thanks.. I've never been afraid to voice my not always humble opinions. I went to a GA in early Oct in NYC, found it to be just too scattered for me. There was so much going on between the peoples mic thing and the zillion different issues, that I couldn't follow along.

What I have been doing is watching some of the livefeeds from the GA's. I also have been seeing alot of infighting and division within. At least thats how it looks on the livefeeds. New people coming in are absolutely going to feel intimidated .

I agree with you on trying to do too much at once. There are so many different issues that it makes it difficult to follow and get behind any one issue.

[-] 1 points by Thrasymaque (-2138) 10 years ago

Whether we like it or not The Rite of Spring, The Metamorphosis, The 48 Preludes and Fugues, The Venus, Midsummer Night's Dream, etc... were all written by individuals. Great ideas and great movements need direction, and great direction doesn't usually come from committees, it usually comes from the minds of great thinkers who work alone or with a few other good men or women.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 10 years ago

faeries are not the claim of any one artist

[-] 0 points by Thrasymaque (-2138) 10 years ago

Sorry, what are feiries? English is not my mother tongue and I can't find this word in the dictionary.

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 10 years ago

must ave misspelled it

faeries (archaic)

[-] 1 points by CatLady2 (248) from New York, NY 10 years ago

Great ideas and movements do indeed need direction, with the help of other likeminded folks. This is too big to be handled by one or two people.