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  1. Emilio

    “There will be no national consensus over things like this, unlike the original consensus which held to the fact that Corporations have too much power in the country. Now, it is going in different directions which will cause friction with other groups while removing the focus on the movement to begin with.”

    Right, the corporations have too much power. As in, people are sick and tired of the inequality in this country. People want a system that’s going to work, not just a quick fix half-assed solution. No government built on inequality is built to last. Capitalism is inherently unequal. And if we don’t recognize the systemic racism in this country then we’re going to end up right back in this mess again. I think it’s really telling that you don’t see returning the power back to the people and returning power back to the Native Americans as the same issue. To quote Stephen Colbert, “If this is going to be a Christian nation that doesn’t help the poor, either we have to pretend that Jesus was just as selfish as we are, or we’ve got to acknowledge that He commanded us to love the poor and serve the needy without condition and then admit that we just don’t want to do it.”

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    1. Jon H

      Colbert really nailed that. The man’s a treasure.

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  2. Jon H

    Doesn’t seem to be there anymore. Was it actually their site?

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  3. Jon H

    You’re right, though. It’s a protest movement, not a letter to Santa. It’s not the time for every interest group to get its fondest wish. Find one issue that pretty much everyone in the movement can agree needs fixing, and table the rest for later.

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  4. Eric

    Riiiight, because no protest movement that begins with a central message then splits into different factions *ever* lasts. Happy, um, Reformation Day. Two other, somewhat contradictory, points. One, the Tea Party lacked a central message until professional operators shifted the focus to taxes and big gov’t, which did not happen in the first month. Two, who says OccupyWS intends to have a single, organizing cause to push anyway? Maybe there is a reason for the diversity of views. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/ezra-klein/post/youre-creating-a-vision-of-the-sort-of-society-you-want-to-have-in-miniature/2011/08/25/gIQAXVg7HL_blog.html?wprss=ezra-klein

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