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Matthew Edge, a Political Strategy Working Group member of Occupy Albany, discusses their formal demands and how they plan to achieve them, after two months of occupying Albany.
I totally get Occupy's message: Finance is the great Satan. How about some concrete suggestions Occupy? Just off the top of my head, restore Glass Steagal, a full audit of the Federal Reserve, a tax on stock transactions, classify credit default swaps as insurance, a clearinghouse for derivative instruments. I can go on and on - my point is that Occupy has to come up with with a definitive program and back candidates who will support their program. "True democracy, unshackled from the corrosive influence of concentrated economic power" is a most worthy goal, but, without a well defined plan the Occupy movement will be rggarded as nothing more than a lunatic fringe element.
Perhaps, if Brian had let the demand be read in full, specifically the part of the statement that actually named the demand, it would have sounded more like a demand:
“We have joined together to Occupy as an affirmation of the virtue of democracy, where each person has an equal voice in shaping our common future. While we come from diverse backgrounds and worldviews, we stand united in the recognition that our current system of governance is failing us - the voice of the People is drowned out by the corrupting influence that concentrated economic power exerts on the government. The interests of those who purchase influence are rewarded at the expense of the People, from whom the government’s just power is derived. We believe that this failure in our system is at the core of many interconnected issues we face as a society, and its resolution is key to a just future. We therefore demand true democracy, unshackled from the corrosive influence of concentrated economic power, and call all who share in this common goal to stand with us and take action toward this end.”
I really want to support the 'Occupy' movement, because a agree with the basic concepts but the details are muddled which ultimately make them pointless.
The producer who booked this segment was lied to about list of specific demands. ' money out of politics' Awesome work protest guy!
Did they say how old the guest is? Sounds about 23 to me. IE hang in there kid, you didn't fall apart on air, work on your impact.
I think Matthew Edge's approach sound just great. Struggling for power is what brings money into politics in the first place, as well as creates all sorts of "strange bedfellow" promises behind the scenes. What better example of that do you have but the TEA party.
Changing the world is NOT about politics as we know it.
These groups can learn a great deal from illegal immigrants who use all possible loopholes to take the jobs throughout the city that the 99% think too demeaning for them to do. Just visit any construction site, offices and businesses in New York to see how many jobs are held by people who hardly speak English. These demonstrators are simply the spoiled product of an overprotective system.
This "movement" needs methodology for developing an informed, critical mass. This requires an effective information dissemination methodology, that illustrates: The extent of money's influence on politics AND how it affects democracy AND how that affects the average citizen AND how that citizen can counteract the alleged money disorder in SPECIFIC steps. Right now, it's all too abstract.
The caller asking how a corporation is different from the Sierra Club obviously doesn't know that the Sierra Club's tax status makes it illegal for them to get involved in electoral politics. They can't donate money to politicians.
This guy is a tool.No wonder the movement is such a disheveled mess.
Missed opportunity to articulate something new and coherent. Doubt you'll get this platform again.
A corporation is composed of people with differing political views, idiot. A corporation CANNOT have a single political viewpoint. A CORPORATION IS NOT A SINGLE PERSON.
I'm appreciating this articulate fellow. Thanks for the continuing coverage of Occupy.
Occupy needs to get Dems elected and not be naive enough to say that electoral politics is somehow dirty.
Dude....end the focus on the process and focus on the RESULT. Stop all the self-congratulation and stop the kumbaya descriptions of the movement. It doesn't accomplish anything.
Oh God....these people are hopeless...they can't even discern the difference between a "desire" and "demand".
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