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user-inactivated  ·  1268 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Bernie Sanders Builds a People's Army

I loved coming across this quote:

    “After Occupy, people didn’t just go and sit in a hole,” Brezler said. “After Occupy, people became very involved in their communities and broadened their skill sets, broadened their networks, and now are revisiting a new campaign with revived interest in electoral politics because the candidate is speaking the language of their issues.”

graphictruth  ·  1267 days ago  ·  link  ·  

I've always been quietly amused at the people who seem to completely lose their minds when Occupy is mentioned.

"They didn't achieve anything! They didn't have any focus! No leadership! No goals!"

But this is their achievement. They are everywhere, it seems. It was kind of the Woodstock of politics. And from now on, even if you weren't there, you will have been when it comes time to write the old autobiography.

They figured out how to organize for a particular goal without any hierarchy or any leaders that could be co-opted. I think that's a pretty big deal. And I think that's a big part of the objection - the rejection of structure and hierarchy seems to be viscerally threatening. Honestly, I think that's part of it, because if they were as irrelevant as said - we wouldn't still be talking about them.

user-inactivated  ·  1267 days ago  ·  link  ·  

Social progress is most oft a subtle gradual thing, indeed.

graphictruth  ·  1266 days ago  ·  link  ·  

these days it hardly seems gradual, but maybe I'm just getting old.

OTO, Toffler kinda predicted this...