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Does the "occupy Wall Street" "movement" really make a difference? What purpose does the "movement" serve?

There are many different ways that ideas can spark a movement towards action and change. It is unclear what the "occupy" movement expects to accomplish. What are the ideas that the occupy Wall Street movement share? The people participating in the "occupy Wall Street" protests, stagings, and sit-ins commonly compare their movement to the "Tea Party"... Is this a fair comparison? Are the "occupiers" making any progress whatsoever?


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  • Sep 18 2012: YES! Just as the "hippies" in the 1960s freed us from the hypocrisy of the 1950s and earlier, as well as getting us out of the war in Viet Nam sooner rather than later, the OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT, will free us from the devastating grip of the greedy, corrupt idiots who are destroying our economic, financial, social, political and other systems that were intended to better the human condition of all people and not just less than one percent of the population. The OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT will force TRUTH to the surface causing positive outcomes in all sectors of society that will greatly enhance the well-being of all Americans and all humankind.
    • Sep 18 2012: Should we be comparing Occupiers to hippies? Objecting to war and foreign policy doesn't seem to be a part of the Occupy "movement", so I'm not sure about the comparison. I can only speak of the occupiers in lower Manhattan, but these guys (and gals) must have missed the memo on what you call "forcing truth to the surface". They are sitting on the sidewalks smoking cigarettes ($12/pack in Manhattan).
      • Sep 19 2012: Yes, Conor. They are taking action, important action on important issues. You choose to focus on what you choose to focus on. It seems odd that you selected one or more cigarette smokers to focus on and seem to have missed the essence of the OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT. Perhaps, if you joined them for some quantity of hours or days and spoke with them LISTENING and EXPRESSING and LISTENING some more, you would understand the essence of what is going on in the OCCUPY WALL STREET MOVEMENT. I wonder what you are actively doing to improve our society. Check this movement out in depth. I think your respect for these people will improve as you open yourself up to the positive purpose, possbilities and probabilities of this important movement. POWER TO THE POSITIVE.
        • Sep 19 2012: Isn't if ironic that I've asked a simple question about the meaning(s) of these demonstrations, and somehow you have managed to go on the offensive against me? It is incredibly telling about an argument when one states that he/she is defending positivity and then injects negativity by questioning the credibility of an observer.

          If the "movement" is truly meaningful, you'd state the clear principles of the group, and move on. All you've done is said that the group is focused on "important issues" (no "issues" listed), told me that I don't understand because I'm not listening, and questioned my own contributions to society. Not quite answering the question.

          If you can answer the original question, let's try to stick to the answers:

          1.) What are the main principles of the "movement"?
          2.) What impacts have they made?
          3.) Are the comparisons between the "occupiers" and the "tea party" justified? Why?
      • Sep 23 2012: "...sitting on the sidewalks smoking cigarettes...." led me to believe you already have a negative position on the OCCUPY WALLSTREET MOVEMENT.
        The main principles are purely positive....peace, truth, harmony, respect, equity, decency.
        They are raising the conscious of people such as you and me to the fact that things are not right and we can make them right with our words and actions. Comparisons irrelevant. Seek positive, find positive. You do not need to sit on the sidewalk and smoke cigarettes to find out what the OCCUPY WALLSTREET MOVEMENT is all about. You can go there and listen and speak and listen. That's a good way to find the answers you seek. I hope you go with an open mind. Seek positive/Find positive.

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