Occupy is a Social Movement. Every social movement in history goes through the same phases.
1. A problem is realized.
2. Civil unrest occurs.
3. The movement grows.
From here, one of two things ALWAYS occurs:
A. The movement organizes and identifies leaders with clear vision, message & goals (Ghandi, ML King etc...) and continues to grow - eventually realizing significant change on a permanent basis.
B. The movement does not organize and develops no clear vision, message or goals. Constant in-fighting, lack of vision and lack of a clearly understandable message causes the movement to lose momentum and eventually fail.
Occupy is at the turning point. Either "A" or "B" IS going to occur. There is no getting around it. I have been to camps and talked with people around the country is "B" is the overwhelming trend. Lots of bickering, contradiction and nothing getting done. A dozen different ideas about goals that should be pursued with nothing ever being done about any of them.
Guess what? If this doesn't change, we're going to fail. Period.
Lawmakers aren't going to change things because people in tents bang on drums. That got their attention but it won't get action. Have you seen a single piece of legislation introduced or discussed to address any of the goals of OWS? No. Because no one knows what the hell the movement wants. Ask 50 Occupiers, you get 40 different messages. Violence, Destruction, Law-Breaking and Rape are what the media prefers to cover because it's sensational and increases ratings. At least until someone is able to say "I speak for Occupy and here is our message."
CEO's certainly aren't going to give up their multi-million dollar jobs or stop making profits. They would be foolish to do so. Their jobs is to make profits. That's why they're hired. It's a matter of making it worth it, for them to look at the human cost of those profits. But banging on drums won't amke them think about this.
So it's time for some of us to start something new. We don't need to disassociate ourselves from OWS but we do need to create something that people can understand and get behind. If we don't, the movement will definitely fail.
We cannot take over companies. There is no peaceful, legal way to do so. So our only alternative is to go after our corrupt government. You can bang on drums or write a thousand posts about why this should be repealed or that should occur but until you develop a clear vision and get people into action toward those specific goals, you will accomplish nothing.
Most of you will read this and do nothing. To those of you ready to do something: Time for us to network and organize. To develop a clear message & vision. To educate people on the change we seek and why that will be good for them. Otherwise, why should they care? They need to know the difference between capitlaism and consumerism. Between a Democratic Republic and a Corporatacracy.
I don't care if you want to lead or you want me to. But we need leadership or we're nothing more than a novelty. Time to organize a political force to be reckoned with. Contact me. Let's talk about how to build voter blocs. Develop a clear message. Make permanent change and history in the process.