Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 31, 2011, 1:58 p.m. EST by improvingourworld
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It's time to focus on solutions -- peaceful and legal ones.
The OWS movement can be derailed by the old 'divide and conquer' technique. Beware of this. In fact, it feels that by not focusing on a coherent group of solutions -- for organized dialogue/discussion, and then advancement of the selected ones -- the movement is serving as a 'pressure relief valve' and a way to distract people from making healthy change. Surely, that is not the goal.
Are you being encouraged to endlessly dwell on problems? How much are you being encouraged to find and promote healthy solutions?
Too much time dwelling on problems will not achieve much. If we spend much more time on solutions, we can achieve things. As one of the solutions, let's consider using sortition (selection by lottery) as part of the process to select our representatives in government; there are intelligent ways to do this. It does not imply randomly picking anyone for office. Learn more about wise ways to make sortition part of the process. It truly is the most effective way to decrease the corrupting influence of extreme wealth and mass media over government. It was used in the first representative democracy (Athenian democracy) as the best safeguard for protecting democracy against corruption.
Let's move forward with solutions. Let's compile an agreed upon list of the biggest problems. Then let's reach consensus on peaceful and legal solutions after healthy dialogue on proposals.