New Links re: success of #OWS


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 The first three links discuss the amazing success of #OWS. The last one zeroes in on four questions regarding its future.

michael

 

Robert Reich | The Occupiers' Responsive Chord
http://www.truth-out.org/occupiers-responsive-chord/1320170038
"A combination of police crackdowns and bad weather are testing the young Occupy movement. But rumors of its demise are premature, to say the least. Although numbers are hard to come by, anecdotal evidence suggests the movement is growing. As importantly, the movement has already changed the public debate in America. Consider, for example, last week's Congressional Budget Office report on widening disparities of income in America. It was hardly news - it's already well known that the top 1 percent now gets 20 percent of the nation's income, up from 9 percent in the late 1970s. But it's the first time such news made the front page of the nation's major newspapers."


Noam Chomsky | Occupy the Future
http://www.truth-out.org/occupy-future/1320154096
"I've never seen anything quite like the Occupy movement in scale and character, here and worldwide. The Occupy outposts are trying to create cooperative communities that just might be the basis for the kinds of lasting organizations necessary to overcome the barriers ahead and the backlash that's already coming. That the Occupy movement is unprecedented seems appropriate because this is an unprecedented era, not just at this moment but since the 1970s."

 
The victory OWS has already won
by joshua Holland
http://www.salon.com/2011/10/27/the_victory_ows_has_already_won/?source=newsletter
"Occupy Wall Street has already achieved a stunning victory - a victory that is easy to overlook, but impossible to overstate. In just one month, the protesters have shifted the national dialogue from a relentless focus on the deficit to a discussion of the real issues facing Main Street: the lack of jobs - and especially jobs with decent benefits - spiraling inequality, cash-strapped American families' debt loads, and the pernicious influence of money in politics that led us to this point."

 
The future of Occupy: Four key questions
by justin Elliott
http://www.salon.com/2011/10/27/the_future_of_occupy_four_key_questions/?source=newsletter
After a little more than a month of explosive growth, there's a growing sense that Occupy Wall Street is at a crossroads.
"The first phase of this movement has peaked. And now it gets interesting," says Kalle Lasn, editor of Adbusters, the magazine that issued the original call for a Sept. 17 protest on Wall Street. "The original magic of some of those general assemblies is wearing a little thin in some - though not all - places. And winter is coming. People are wondering whether they want to hang around for three hours talking about protocol. With its decentralized structure, it's impossible to predict where the Occupy movement might end up. But we can at least identify the questions that will determine its future.""

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