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Without a proper leader or real organization, do you think the Occupy movement has any real potential to enact any positive change?
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answered:    November 09, 2011
I do. Just like the tea partiers (or the American revolution) all it takes is to reach a critical mass of energy where discontent starts to tap into mainstream feelings and the media begins to pay attention. The excesses of authority attempting to keep Occupy neat, tidy and out of sight (see police actions from NYC to the west coast) only fuel the fires. The banks withrawing debit card charges can be attributed to Occupy, and more is on the way. A lot of people don't ltrust banks and other financial institutions for their behavior over the last half dozen years. Ocupy is crystallizing this. And that's positive. The media started out ignoring Occupy and now covers it . You have to have outrage beore you have meaningful change, in most cases.

Will it last? Will the tea partiers last? Probably not as a movement, but its effects probably will.
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answered:    November 08, 2011
I seriously doubt it. They may be effective in the beginning, but eventually they're going to need a core set of values or a leader to rally around. It's a diverse movement, so either organization will emerge or the movement will splinter into ting little fractions.
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answered:    November 30, 2011
Yes, they do. For the simple reason that their primary focus is on something that the majority of the American public is concerned and angry about. For every person active in the occupation there are hundreds of others that want the economic system to be altered to bring back the strong middle class and quit pushing more wealth into the hands of the few. Protest movements that channel a common public concern can and do have great power for change.
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