Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 24, 2011, 7:17 p.m. EST by pmarcuse
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Non-occupying supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement are critical forces in influencing the impact of the movement. Occupiers are themselves a very small but critically important number, willing to back up their beliefs with their on-going physical presence, but their support reaches widely, those many that are discontent, insecure, and/or exploited, dissatisfied with things as they are. Their support reaches into the majority of the population, even into Republican circles, even sharing some roots with some tea partiers.
One might line things up somewhat like this – for illustrative purposes only:
Occupiers, very small in numbers Supporters of Occupy, a majority of the people Sympathizing Conservatives a significant number Conservatives, a large number Tea Party members, a not-so-large number Foot soldiers of the 1%, a small number The 1%, Wall Street, 1%
The occupiers of Wall Street will not bring about the changes that are wanted by themselves, but they can be a great force to bring about a shift from a defensive to an offensive posture of those needing and wanting change, to push for radical reform rather than only tinkering at the edges. Supportive non-occupiers can play a major role in moving in this direction. They can develop the details occupiers are accused of ignoring, organize around the deep individual concrete issues of discontent and exploitation. Linking the broadly-targeting aroused occupiers to the multiple existing groups and organization already struggling for change can provide strength and energy all around.
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