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Posted on Nov 26, 2011
Ohio AFL-CIO (CC-BY)

By Andy Kroll

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Mentions of the phrase “income inequality” in print publications, web stories, and broadcast transcripts spiked from 91 times a week in early September to nearly 500 in late October, according to the website Politico—an increase of nearly 450%. In the second week of October, according to ThinkProgress, the words most uttered on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News were “jobs” (2,738), “Wall Street” (2,387), and “Occupy” (1,278). (References to “debt” tumbled to 398.)

And here’s another sign of the way Occupy Wall Street has forced what it considers the most pressing economic issues for the country into the spotlight: conservatives have lately gone on the defensive by attacking the very existence of income inequality, even if to little effect. As AFL-CIO president Richard Trumka put it, “Give credit to the Occupy Wall Street movement (and historic inequality) for redefining the political narrative.”

Wall Street in Ohio

The way Occupy Wall Street, with next to no direct access to the mainstream media, commandeered the national political narrative represents something of a stunning triumph. It also laid the groundwork for OWS’s first political win.

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Just as OWS was grabbing that narrative, labor unions and Democrats headed into the final stretch of one of their biggest fights of 2011: an up-or-down referendum on the fate of Ohio governor John Kasich’s anti-union law, also known as SB 5. Passed by the Republican-controlled state legislature in March, it sought to curb the collective bargaining rights of 350,000 police, firefighters, teachers, snowplow drivers, and other public workers. It also gutted the political clout of unions by making it harder for them to collect dues and fund their political action committees. After failing to overturn similar laws in Wisconsin and Michigan, the SB 5 fight was labor’s last stand of 2011.

I spent a week in Ohio in early November interviewing dozens of people and reporting on the run-up to the SB 5 referendum. I visited heavily Democratic and Republican parts of the state, talking to liberals and conservatives, union leaders and activists.  What struck me was how dramatically the debate had shifted in Ohio thanks in large part to the energy generated by Occupy Wall Street.

It was as if a great tide had lifted the pro-repeal forces in a way you only fully grasped if you were there. Organizers and volunteers had a spring in their step that hadn’t been evident in Wisconsin this summer during the recall elections of nine state senators targeted for their actions during the fight over Governor Scott Walker’s own anti-union law. Nearly everywhere I went in Ohio, people could be counted on to mention two things: the 99%—that is, the gap between the rich and poor—and the importance of protecting the rights of the cops and firefighters targeted by Kasich’s law.

And not just voters or local activists either.  I heard it from union leaders as well. Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union, told me that her union had recruited volunteers from 15 different states for the final get-out-the-vote effort in Ohio. That, she assured me, wouldn’t have happened without the energy generated by OWS. And when Henry herself went door-to-door in Ohio to drum up support for repealing SB 5, she said that she could feel its influence in home after home. “Every conversation was in the context of the 99% and the 1%, this discussion sparked by Occupy Wall Street.”

This isn’t to take anything away from labor’s own accomplishments in Ohio. We Are Ohio, the labor-funded coalition that led the effort, collected nearly 1.3 million signatures this summer to put the repeal of SB 5 on the November ballot.  (They needed just 230,000.) The group outspent its opponents $30 million to $8 million, a nearly four-to-one margin. And in the final days before the November 8th victory, We Are Ohio volunteers knocked on a million doors and made nearly a million phone calls. In the end, a stunning 2.14 million Ohioans voted to repeal SB 5 and only 1.35 million to keep it, a 61% to 39% margin. There were repeal majorities in 82 of Ohio’s 88 counties, support that cut across age, class, race, and political ideologies.

Nonetheless, it’s undeniable that a mood change had hit Ohio—and in a major way. Pro-worker organizers and volunteers benefited from something their peers in Wisconsin lacked: the wind of public opinion at their backs. Polls conducted in the run-up to Ohio’s November 8th vote showed large majorities of Ohioans agreeing that income inequality was a problem. What’s more, 60% of respondents in a Washington Post-ABC poll said the federal government should act to close that gap. Behind those changing numbers was the influence of Occupy Wall Street and other Occupy protests.

So, as the debate rages over what will happen to Occupy Wall Street after its eviction from Zuccotti Park, and some “experts” sneer at OWS and tell it to get real, just direct their attention to Ohio. Kasich’s anti-union law might still be on the books if not for the force of OWS. And if the Occupy movement survives Mayor Bloomberg’s eviction order and the winter season, if it regroups and adapts to life beyond Zuccotti Park, you can bet it will notch more political victories in 2012.

Andy Kroll is a reporter in the Washington bureau of Mother Jones magazine and an associate editor at TomDispatch. He has appeared on MSNBC, Al-Jazeera English, Democracy Now!, and Current TV’s “Countdown” with Keith Olbermann. His email is akroll(at)motherjones.com. To catch Timothy MacBain’s latest Tomcast audio interview in which Kroll discusses Occupy Wall Street’s unlikely first political victory, click here, or download it to your iPod here.

© 2011 Andy Kroll


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By Schwacke, November 27, 2011 at 12:52 pm Link to this comment

Revisiting the Boston Tea Party.


They come from many different backgrounds. About one-
third of them are skilled craftsmen, and a much
smaller number are professionals, doctors, educators,
lawyers, merchants, and the like. Although we do not
know the occupations of all the participants, the
majority are students and from the working class.
About two-thirds are under 20; few are over 40. Most
are locals, but some came from great distances. They
have one thing in common, their committed opposition
to a government which ignores the needs of the people
in favor of the rich and powerful. Regardless of
their financial or social origins, they work as a
team of self-sacrificing patriots against an
oppressive and seemingly all powerful enemy. Although
the words were yet to be written, they stood for “the
Right of the People to alter or to abolish any Form
of Government that becomes destructive of inalienable
rights of men such as Life, Liberty and Pursuit of
Happiness”.
This describes the majority of both the Occupy
movement and the modern Tea Party, but in fact, it
paraphrases the words of the Boston Tea Party
Association’s description of the participants in one
of America’s proudest moments.
Like the rank and file members of the Tea Party, the
“Occupiers” have the same central agenda; fairness,
equity and opportunity. They don’t have a Robin Hood
complex and do not want to steal from the rich, they
just want the crimes of the powerful punished and
their plunder returned to those they stole from; this
is not theft, it is justice. They want the
opportunities enjoyed by their parents and
grandparents. Their common goal is the return to a
world where there was a vibrant and growing middle
class where anyone who was willing to do the hard
yards could improve their lot, and that of their
families; they are not seeking a redistribution of
wealth through conscription. Neither ascribes to the
mean spirited rhetoric of those at their extremes.
Nor would they knowingly yield to what appears to be
the divide and conquer tactics of those amorphous
individuals at the highest levels of power.
In the end, these modern American patriots are
following in the footsteps of our forefathers; those
which led to the creation of our democracy, and they
are doing it in ways that would have made them beam
with pride. If they can set aside the voices of their
most radical leaders while sharply focusing on their
commonalities & band together to bring their core
values to reality, all Americans triumph. If they
don’t, they will simply cancel each other out while
the bad guys win once more.

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By REDHORSE, November 27, 2011 at 12:49 pm Link to this comment

Propaganda depends upon misinformation, threat, and the fear driven mindless kneejerk emotional reaction of its victims to succeed. Consciousness is its greatest foe. If the OWS has done anything, it has focused consciousness, shaped dialogue, and opened the opportunity for definition of a new American political common ground.

  It is natural that in a country rife with political corruption and abuse, one should expect suspicion of power and fear that its delegation turns those entrusted with it into an untrustworthy “elite”. It is the fear of personal citizen political power which reduces the American dialogue to a culture of powerless victimhood and superstition. I appreciate efforts here to demystify and define the forces that threaten us.

  The only path to change is identification of groups, organizations and individuals engaged in subversion of the American Democracy and direct political action to expose and remove them. Despite our propagandist MSM this approach seems to have a voice in both our press and congress. We need only choose our issue, create unity around it and act.

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By felicity, November 27, 2011 at 11:43 am Link to this comment

Joseph Couture - Let’s hope.  However, following the
Great Depression which caused world-wide upheaval, the
world saw the rise of the demagogue, one who panders to
the emotions of the masses in order to win them over. 
Desperate citizens, world-wide, listened and followed.

Forget the world - anyone noticed the recent debate
line-up staged by the Republican Party?

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By Outraged, November 27, 2011 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

cont. (re: ardee)

Now the recall of Gov. Walker and several other
lawmakers who weren’t eligible for recall earlier
this year, according to WI law.

“The recall drive is rolling around Wisconsin,
with petition circulators holding everything from
midnight parties to this curbside collection effort.
Scores of drives statewide have been held on some
days, focusing on everything from Black Friday
retailers to deer-cleaning stations, sporting events
and holiday parades.

This group of about 80 volunteers has been working in
shifts of six to eight people to collect signatures
on a series of high-traffic Madison streets that are
wide enough to let a steady stream of cars pull over
safely without having to go into a parking lot. For a
week, this group alone has been averaging some 400
signatures a day,”

http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/recall-drive-is-picking-up-steam-9b35nq6-134543938.html

Walker and his criminal alliances are using everything imaginable to stop his recall.

“On the same day activists began collecting signatures to recall Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Republican legislators took steps that could allow the governor to reverse the state elections board on rules that would protect student voting and make it easier for recall proponents to circulate petitions. Democrats allege the move is a politically-motivated attack on the independence of the non-partisan board, made possible by an American Legislative Exchange Council-inspired law that ties the hands of state agencies and gives the governor unprecedented power.”
http://www.prwatch.org/node/11139

“As the redistricting process is now being heard in Federal Court, several Republican citizens (“operatives” – one ran unsuccessfully against Mark Radcliffe – D – Black River Falls, for Assembly in 2010) have asked the State Supreme Court to make new Districts effective for any recall election immediately, instead of in 2012, as the law intends. Although this would not have an effect on a Gubernatorial Recall, it would effect a potential Senate recall. There are currently four GOP State Senators facing recall – Fitzgerald, Galloway, Moulton, and VanWaangard. This suit, in essence, looks to take the case out of Federal Court and have it be decided as a state issue only – one that would be decided in the Republican-controlled (although supposedly “non-partisan”) State Supreme Court.”
http://bdgrdemocracy.wordpress.com/

All of this was in play long before OWS and is backed by the Dems, Big Labor and various other groups since Walker and his cronies left no resident unburned. OWS is fine in its own right but Kroll is fantasizing regarding OH and WI. So while I realize that in your jaded,cynical and negative world everyone is suspect; experience, facts and reality prove otherwise.

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By Outraged, November 27, 2011 at 11:42 am Link to this comment

Re: ardee

The facts are the facts. It is apparent that that
doesn’t fit with your worldview but that doesn’t
change reality.(Feb 2011)

“So big was the crowd this afternoon that foot
traffic on the streets surrounding the capitol ground
to a halt on several occasions, the tens of thousands
of people left to stand in the frigid cold.

The 100,000-plus people in Madison were joined by
tens of thousands more protesters gathering in state
capitols and cities around the country, all part of
the “Rally to Save the American Dream” organized by
labor unions and MoveOn.org. Protesters turned out in
Denver, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Boston,
Montpelier, Vt., Frankfort, Ky., and many more.
“Today is all about Wisconsin, because something
special happened there,” said Justin Ruben,
MoveOn.org’s executive director at a New York rally.”

http://motherjones.com/mojo/2011/02/whats-happening-wisconsin-explained

The Fab 14 return to a heroes welcome (ALL Democrats btw) in WI. (March 2011)

“They are the unlikeliest of folk heroes.

But this group of once-obscure lawmakers — a dairy
farmer, a lawyer and a woman who is seven months
pregnant, among others — that fled this capital
nearly a month ago, returned Saturday to the cheers
of tens of thousands who once again packed the
streets in protest.

Many in the crowd wore buttons or held signs bearing
admiring nicknames for the group: the “Fighting 14,”
the “Fab 14” or, simply, “the Wisconsin 14.” They
chanted, “Thank you” and “Welcome home….

....Republican lawmakers, who called the Democrats cowards and accused them of abandoning their posts, made numerous efforts to get them back, including holding their paychecks, stripping their parking spots, issuing fines, threatening arrest and pursuing other legislation before ultimately maneuvering to vote without them.”
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/13/us/13wisconsin.html

After that the recall drives began and in AUGUST 2011 elections were held and Democrats gained 2 seats in the State Senate.

“Democrats — and especially organized labor groups — have cast the Wisconsin recall elections as a sign that they retain significant political power and are more than willing to fight when they think Republicans have overreached.

“Wisconsin is something of a referendum on the uncompromising extremism of the Republicans and the tea party,” said pollster Mark Mellman, who is involved in Democratic efforts in the state. “This is the first time the GOP will find out whether there is an electoral price to pay for their adamant refusal to compromise on their extreme agenda.”
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/democrats-ready-to-wage-state-senate-recall-war-in-wisconsin/2011/08/07/gIQArgqF1I_story.html

ALL before OWS but we’re not done yet.

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By Joseph Couture, November 27, 2011 at 9:27 am Link to this comment

The Occupy movement can argue tactics all they want. But the root of the problem is not with this or that political system. The problem is with people, the way we think, what we value and how we treat each other- and it seems to make little difference if we are rich or poor, the fundamental flaw is still there.

One writer explains that we have to see the human condition for what it is before we can even begin to think of real change. But, he says, few wish to see this. Read: “The Seekers Who Will Not See” at http://www.josephcouture.com

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By David J. Cyr, November 27, 2011 at 6:23 am Link to this comment

The only possible relationship — in Wisconsin, Ohio, or anywhere else — that the raging Democrat voters will have with the OWS movement is that of co-optation, both by means of seduction and force.

Expropriation of the efforts of antiwar, social justice and environmental movements is what Democrats, who are the truly conservative of the two right wings of the corporate party, do.

It was the corporate party’s Democrat voters who turned the labor movement into a GOTV drive for Democrats who preserved and protected the corporate state.

It was the corporate party’s Democrat voters who turned the civil rights movement into a GOTV drive for Democrats who provided poverty programs to perpetuate poverty.

It was the corporate party’s Democrat voters who turned the antiwar movement into a GOTV drive for Democrats to manage wars “better” and protect the perpetual war machine.

It was the corporate party’s Democrat voters who turned the feminist movement into a GOTV drive for Democrats who viciously abuse abortion rights to coerce women into corporate (D) voting for perpetual war and ruthless global economic exploitation.

It was the corporate party’s Democrat voters who turned the environmental movement into a GOTV drive for Democrats who deviously protect polluters by regulating environmentalists.

It was the corporate party’s Democrat voters who turned the gay rights movement into a GOTV drive for Democrats who promptly provided gays and lesbians opportunities to be all the “real men” they could be… in the resource war (aggressor war) waging Army.

Whenever the corporate party’s Democrats discover a movement they eagerly get active to turn its good intentions into service of evil purpose.

The corporate party’s stalwart activist Boomer “progressives” have spent their whole long lives voting for Democrats so they could keep protesting against what they voted for. It is because Boomer liberals spent so many decades wasting elections, voting for the corporate party’s Democrats, that the young today do not have a half-century of human habitable planet time left to waste upon the false promises of the corporate party’s Democrats. They don’t even have one year left to waste upon Democrats who have positively proven that they won’t do the good they could when they can.

Voter Consent Wastes Dissent:

http://chenangogreens.org/home/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=498&Itemid=1

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By Lafayette, November 27, 2011 at 6:08 am Link to this comment

MOVE ON!

Read between the lines and what Klein, Krugman, and others are really saying is: you had your occupation; now, get real. Start organizing, meaningfully connect your many Occupy protests, build a real movement.

Spot on. That is, Move On!

The exasperation, the outrage, the indignation once past it’s limit date has to move forward and coalesce around some well-defined but simply understood political beliefs/objectives.

It is thus the moment now for progressives nationally to start the laborious work of defining just what those beliefs are.

To that end, I submit this Progressive Agenda for National Reform to stimulate debate.

It is not the final definition, nor should it be. We must make Progressive Values based upon Social Justice a foundation stone of a political movement. For that to happen, we should establish a national debate in the matter towards that end. (Which will be a lot more fruitful than everyone bitching-in-a-blog.)

Whether it can be adopted by the Dems (or just a wing of the Democratic party) or not is up for Democrats nationwide to decide. What remains important nonetheless is that the national debate commence.

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By do over, November 27, 2011 at 4:58 am Link to this comment

OzarkMichael wrote:
“Well, not all the people. Just the ones at Occupy Wall Street. But not all of them either, just the ones in the elite special committees. Watch this for a laugh, and for some insight into the process of how “the ideas and visions originate”... from the elite few.”

If the downtown group was dissatisfied with the uptown groups approach, nothing would prohibit the downtown group from developing it’s own separate approach.  That apparently didn’t happen but it should have happened.  Inclusiveness and unity are primary guideposts.  It’s as simple as breaking into smaller groups.  That’s decentralization.

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By ardee, November 27, 2011 at 4:12 am Link to this comment

Outraged, November 26 at 5:44 pm

Methinks thou doth protesteth overmuch…Thus further proof of the effectivenes of the OWS movement and how much it scares democratic loyalists. Of course, it should.

Michael Cavlan RN,

Your unlinked reference to Michael Moore’s “attempt” is puzzling. Can you provide some proof?

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By Litl Bludot, November 27, 2011 at 2:34 am Link to this comment

http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/cifamerica/2011/nov/25/shocking-truth-about-crackdown-occupy
From Naomi Wolfe:
“In other words, for the DHS to be on a call with mayors, the logic of its chain of command and accountability implies that congressional overseers, with the blessing of the White House, told the DHS to authorize mayors to order their police forces – pumped up with millions of dollars of hardware and training
from the DHS – to make war on peaceful citizens.”

And then, for a brief take on what OWS really means to us, and for a succinct
history of the modern corporate fascist takeover, there’s Bill Moyers:“Let’s name this for what it is: hypocrisy made worse, the further perversion of
democracy. Our politicians are little more than money launderers in the
trafficking of power and policy—fewer than six degrees of separation from the
spirit and tactics of Tony Soprano.”

http://www.thenation.com/article/164349/how-wall-street-occupied-america

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By gerard, November 26, 2011 at 11:41 pm Link to this comment

Think of it this way:  The U.S. today is divided by self-interests into a jillion factions, sectors, sub-sets, enclaves, groups, clubs—almost totally lacking in a sense of cooperation and community.  It’s me against you and them against us—that’s the very spirit of business, empty of democratic laws, adequate education and a vision for a world without undernourished children, nuclear calamities and cheating over-lords. 
  Zucotti Park proved to be something of a miracle because it could bring together such crowds of various people and actually find anything in common—even find unity around the overwhelmingly obvious evidence of everybody being cheated by 1% of their own population—their “kissing cousins”—in a manner of speaking!
  That “happening” was a stroke of genius—or luck—or political savvy, who knows?  Anyway, it’s now gone beyond Zucotti Park and means a helluva a lot to a lot of people, apparently.  Which is hopeful in that the edges are fuzzy and capable of expanding into new awarenensses, new ideas, new plans.
  Who knows what mad genius with dirty fingernails may come up with a way to get mayors of large cities to find the generosity in their hearts, and the common sense in their brains, to provide port-o-potties to large encampments of political protesters hell-bent on cleaning up dirty politics—and non-violently, to boot!

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By Anarcissie, November 26, 2011 at 11:01 pm Link to this comment

Echolalia does not become you, screamingpalm.  You know what I’m talking about, and so do your friends.  Surely you all are not going to be belly laughing one moment and weaseling the next.

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By screamingpalm, November 26, 2011 at 9:53 pm Link to this comment


By Anarcissie, November 26 at 8:41 pm

So, do you all rejoice in the (apparent) triumph of inequality and domination?  Please explain.

Are you speaking of the inequality that the OWS protestors are speaking out against? or the inequality of elitist members within OWS taking it upon themselves to think and make decisions for the group?

(Please explain)

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By Anarcissie, November 26, 2011 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment

So, do you all rejoice in the (apparent) triumph of inequality and domination?  Please explain.

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By screamingpalm, November 26, 2011 at 9:31 pm Link to this comment

By OzarkMichael, November 26 at 8:04 pm
http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-16-2011/occupy-wall-street-divided

That was a brilliant bit, highlights the problems of the Left well. Reminded me of Orwell’s “Animal Farm” when a group split off to make decisions in a bank lobby lol.

“All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

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By OzarkMichael, November 26, 2011 at 9:04 pm Link to this comment

do over said:

These so called Democratic elites’ understanding of a decentralized paradigm shift is too fuzzy for them to accurately verbalize it.  They don’t get it.  In the utilization of the decentralized change process, the ideas and visions originate from the people

Well, not all the people. Just the ones at Occupy Wall Street. But not all of them either, just the ones in the elite special committees. Watch this for a laugh, and for some insight into the process of how “the ideas and visions originate”... from the elite few.

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/wed-november-16-2011/occupy-wall-street-divided

You gotta watch the whole thing or you will miss many belly laughs.

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By littlebiggygirl, November 26, 2011 at 8:15 pm Link to this comment

#OWS has lost not only its park but the favor of public opinion. what has made the
movement so irritatingly tiresome?
http://littlebiggy.org/4660547

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By Anarcissie, November 26, 2011 at 7:37 pm Link to this comment

One columnist (at least) has speculated that the OWS phenomenon frightened the relevant Democrats away from consenting to a dismemberment of Social Security and Medicare.

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By do over, November 26, 2011 at 6:55 pm Link to this comment

Democratic elites are force feeding their political beliefs on us in the hope that the Occupy Movement will be co-opted.  Shame, shame, shame. Occupy is a SOCIAL Movement and it’s Social nature is what will grow the Movement.  Politics divides people. These so called Democratic elites’ understanding of a decentralized paradigm shift is too fuzzy for them to accurately verbalize it.  They don’t get it.  In the utilization of the decentralized change process, the ideas and visions originate from the people.  The Places where people live have different characteristics and therefore different resources, sub cultures, and challenges. Place determines the nature of outcomes. Outcomes from varying Occupy sites based upon Place will yield expected differences and differing solutions. This is how change in the 21st Century works. This size of the pool of ideas is crucial.  Centralized entities such as the Nation Magazine, or Political Parties have far fewer people to develop ideas. In hyperculture where the pace of change is ever increasing, the creative power of the many is far greater than the creative power of the few. Centralized entities with fewer participants will fail. So it is the PACE OF CHANGE that is different today and forces a break with past methods .  The ARCHITECTURE OF DECENTRALIZATION is specifically DESIGNED to cope with the rapid increase in the pace of change.  That is the KEY difference and why it is absolutely wrongheaded for Democrats to narrowcast the movement. Politics creates division. In order to achieve the change Occupy seeks, people of all persuasions and localities must rise above politics and unify to achieve the vision. The centralized political elites are the problem, not the solution.  So let’s not listen to the leaders of the recent past, after all, it was they who created this crisis.

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By Outraged, November 26, 2011 at 6:44 pm Link to this comment

Article quote: “Occupy Wall Street has already won
its first victory its own way—in Ohio, when voters
repealed Republican governor John Kasich’s law to
slash bargaining rights for 350,000 public workers
and gut what remained of organized labor’s political
power.”

This is completely ridiculous spin, as even the
author basically admits to later in the piece by saying, “This isn’t to take
anything away from labor’s own accomplishments in
Ohio. We Are Ohio, the labor-funded coalition that
led the effort, collected nearly 1.3 million
signatures this summer
to put the repeal of SB 5 on
the November ballot. “

The win in Ohio had little if anything to do with OWS as does
the situation in Wisconsin. It was BIG labor and
other groups such as Move On, the Democratic Party
and various others which CHANGED the narrative among
state residents long before OWS.

In Wisconsin the largest demonstration at its capitol estimated between 70,000 and 100,000 happened in February 2011, in Ohio demonstrations of 70,000 in
March 2011, long before OWS. The collection of 1.3 million signatures, capitol protests and door to door efforts was the “turning of public opinion” in Ohio, not OWS. In fact during the summer of 2011 tents were set up (and occupied) at the WI capitol called “Walkervilles” in reference to Hoovervilles and Gov. Scott Walker.  While it’s accurate that the Ohio vote took place after the formation of OWS and that OWS could have had an additional effect, the REAL “swaying” of public opinion as evidenced by the collected signatures was not OWS, and to attribute it in this way is without merit.

I surmise that it was not necessary to “change public opinion” per se but more one of channeling an outlet for it.

This is not to take anything away from the issues OWS has affected, which are national exposure, demands for accountability, additional attention to inequality and most notably First Amendment Rights.

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By OzarkMichael, November 26, 2011 at 6:39 pm Link to this comment

Six weeks after Obama’s speech, protesters heard the call of Adbusters, the Canadian anti-capitalist magazine, and followed the lead of a small crew of activists, writers, and students to “occupy Wall Street.”

Remember that Ad Busters recieves cash from Tides Foundations, which is where George Soros sends an awful lot of money.

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By gerard, November 26, 2011 at 6:07 pm Link to this comment

Michael Cavlan RN:  “The Occupy Movement will not be co-opted by the Democrat wing of Wall Street.”

Let’s just hold that thought, shall we?  And pushng that idea a little farther, it would probably be a very good idea if Occupy doesn’t get co-opted by
any “special interests.” There is no substitute for political awareness—unless it’s sheer integrity—an all too rare quality these days.

Actually, I’m more worried about the lack of those two qualities among the rest of the 99% out here in the “sated communities”, frankly.

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By Michael Cavlan RN, November 26, 2011 at 5:04 pm Link to this comment

Wow

The Michael Moore inspired attempt to co-opt the Occupy Movement into the folds of the Democratic Party has gone into high gear. It will still fail. Instead, it just exposes the political operatives for the pro-war, corporate corrupted Democrats.

Oh and as an aside, yes the law to repeal bargaining rights was beaten, by a margin of about 65%. This is a good thing. So was the bill to turn away from Obamacare, by the same 65%. This was a good thing.

So it was funny listening to Eddie Schultz attempting to spin this. He actually said that “Well the Union Bill got lots of attention. People knew what they were voting on. However, the Obamacare Bill did not get so much money or attention, so people were confused.”

He actually said that.

The Occupy Movement will not be co-opted by the Democrat wing of Wall Street. Despite the machinations of Michael Moore, Ezra Klein, Paul Krugman, Andy Kroll or the rest.

And every time I hear Ohio, I remember what John Kerry, John Edwards and the Democratic Party allowed to happen there in 2004.

I was there.

No truthdigger of the week award again, my friends.

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By Uncle Rocco, November 26, 2011 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment
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Um, nah. To the idea that Occupy needs to create a political party or back candidates. For me, the system (whatever system you like, the economy, electoral politics, corrput media, military/industrial/media complex, education, health care) has been collapsing on its own and will continue to do so at an accelerating rate. It does not need a push, we don’t need to fight to change it. This is like fighting to re-animate the dinosaurs. For me, Occupy is about building the next system, being ready to “mic check” in the ashes and figure out just how the hell we are going to provide food, clean water, shelter and medical care to everyone fairly, and how we’re going to clean up industrial capitalism’s mess, and make sure we never make individual greed our guiding value again.

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