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James DeWeaver

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What happened to the 99%?

From Zuccotti Park N.Y.C.2010 to the rest of the world almost instantaneously, OWS Movement spread like wildfire. Now in late 2012 the marginalization by the 1% and their "Power networks" over the 99% has won!

Will the people who believe in the ideals of the OWS movement always fail against a stronger, better financed and organized minority of the Political and financial "Elites" around the world? If not, why? when? or how?

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    Oct 26 2012: Occupy Wall Street (OWS) is the name given to a protest movement that began on September 17, 2011 in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City's Wall Street financial district. The Canadian activist group Adbusters initiated the protest. Sociologist Dana Williams argued that "the most immediate inspiration for Occupy is anarchism", and the LA Times has identified the "controversial, anarchist-inspired organizational style" as one of the hallmarks of OWS.

    The administrations effort to re-distribute the wealth in the United Staes and to firmly entrench socialism inspired the OWC and the anarchists. This has created class warfare which the militants have encouraged and spread in hopes of bringing the corporations and politicians into line.

    Those who truely believed in the initial movement goals were now a part of a much greater scheme without their consent or knowledge.

    The 1% did not kill off the movement. The Wall Street Journal, pollster Douglas Schoen wrote that polling of the protesters revealed "a deep commitment to left-wing policies: opposition to free-market capitalism and support for radical redistribution of wealth, intense regulation of the private sector. In short Socialism/Communism/Markism.

    The movement is in the hands of radicals. Join if you wish but be aware of what you seek ... you may find it.

    Recall that Cuba was once a prosperous nation until a man named Castro invoked these same principals. Good Luck.
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      Oct 26 2012: I think:

      The problem is easy to solve if both 1% and 99% understand what INVALID HAPPINESS is.

      Wrong?
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      Oct 26 2012: The American Government is in the hands of radicals already Robert! Where on earth have you been the last 10-15 years or so.These fanatics are hell bent on taking to fruition their insideous, imbalanced and un-just Democratic values and throwning them away for a Plutocratic Military state where War Fear and Terror are always JUST around the corner!
      Not like that in Cuba, i've been there three times since 2002.
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        Oct 26 2012: Your right Che solved the opposition problem in Cuba.

        And perhaps the election will will resolve the radicals in charge in the US.

        You really are on my side after all. Thanks.

        Bob.
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          Oct 27 2012: I don't know if Che had much if anything to do with it really, that is life currently in Cuba especially four decades after his death.In real historical (Cuban) terms,not what we in the West are inculcated with through Corporate media outlets. Che is considered by most Cubans that have heard about him a very minor player in ridding Cuba of American colonialism.
    • Oct 26 2012: @Robert Winner: While I can see the socialist inspiration in OWS, I can't see any anarchy in it. OWS-goers seem to want re-distribution of wealth, but if there is no government (i.e. anarchy), who can they expect to do the re-distributing?

      On the whole, I agree with your conclusion.
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        Oct 26 2012: Anarchism is often considered to be a radical left-wing ideology, and much of anarchist economics and anarchist legal philosophy reflect anti-statist interpretations of communism, collectivism, syndicalism or participatory economics.

        By this measure anarchists would not be without government ... they would replace the current form with their acceptable form.

        Thanks for your reply. Bob.

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