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Watching one of the night-time local TV news broadcasts…. wasn’t the Occupy march the lead story? I believe on at least one channel it was.
Good job, patriots.
I believe that the majority of USA citizens are well-indoctrinated from an early age onwards via the most effective propaganda system ever created.
An extremely complex topic I will not enter here.
However, it IS my belief after decades of living, reading and research.
We, the People of the Occupy folks have a formidable barrier to hurdle to reach into the minds of what I believe are the… how about “muddled masses”?
So many citizens have been taught that as “things” are is correct, proper and as it should be.
Perhaps even just reaching out and creating a doubt or two in others minds may be the best the Occupiers can do.
But, if the “movement” continues and the mass media just ignore the Occupiers (thus basically neutralizing the efforts) OR if the media does not ignore continuing efforts (but expect media coverage to dwindle) perhaps persistence may get the “message” out.
Assuredly media coverage will slacken BUT… enough local Occupations can continue to have some effect from locals actually seeing continual persistence but there will come a time when it will b the “same old locals” viewing a repetitive scene.
I do not expect any real, meaningful change to occur within the embedded systems within the USA.
The “system” is too well-entrenched backed by the few with unimaginable to We, the People, wealth and power.
Oh so complex!!!
Read “The Irony of Democracy,” one of many books covering political and economic realities within the USA.
Toss in changing world events and the continual growth of HUGE multi-national corporations and the collusion between BIG business and BIG governments and so MANY other “things” and I fear that We, the People face a bleak economic future.
At the best, perhaps, we can hope some minor changes occur that result in the national wealth being spread around a wee bit better.
Remember that politicians, bureaucrats, etc. LIE about unemployment figures, inflation rates, etc. to make the “system” look better.
Do some research to learn that the percentage of unemployed is actually far higher than the “official” rate and there are MANY other official figures altered to continue the ongoing deluding of the HUGE number of citizen-sheep within the USA.
Try a Google Image Search using a variety of search terms for revealing graphs, charts, etc.
Reading text is best but not everybody has the time to read much.
And, perhaps having a few hand-outs consisting of quick-to-peruse visuals to offer passers-by at “sit-ins” or whatever Occupier encampments will be termed may be effective in conveying one’s personal discontent.
I like the graph showing how the minimum wage has lagged behind the cost of living. I can not find my copy but will find it later.
By memory, for today’s minimum wage to have a similar effective purchasing power to the minimum wage of the early to mid-1960s it would need to be somewhere around $19 !!!!!
That’s due to inflation and an ever-increasing percentage of the national wealth flowing into fewer hands and to being sent out of the USA in various ways.
The “system” has ensured it was the common folks of the USA who suffer economically, not the “deserving” socio-economic classes nor their minions.
Observe the generally higher wages and benefits bureaucrats and those employed within the multitude of bureaucracies at ALL governmental levels TEND to receive (exceptions always exist).
Compare their incomes to the vast majority of folks within the private sector, where REAL, ACTUAL wealth is created.
Us “commoners” are generally poorly compensated.
It takes a team to make a country/society/culture/etc function but… Is the “team” being rewarded?
Imagine if all the truck drivers parked their rigs and walked away. Well, forget that. The truly wealthy can hop over to visit fellow elites in other countries to “ride the storm out” or merely import their needs from elsewhere.
Okay… such a complex topic.
It is obvious there IS growing anger within the USA.
Somewhat akin to the “populist movement” of an earlier era that started and was generally most popular in what is today termed the “fly-over states.”
Looking forward to an encampment where We, the People can drop in at any time to sit a spell and relax, read a book, perhaps take a nap or eat a meal.
Talk to others, watch passers-by, perhaps converse with those curious and visiting.
Consider having some hand-outs to offer the curious.
Maybe some copies of graphs, charts. etc.
I hope there is nearby parking so vehicles can be reached in case inclement weather arrives.
At the least have a tent(s) present to offer shelter.
Practice basic security. Careful with cooking to prevent burns.
Hoping for the best.