The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #140645   Message #3253907
Posted By: Lox
09-Nov-11 - 06:02 PM
Thread Name: BS: Wall Street Protesters...
Subject: RE: BS: Wall Street Protesters...
Dick - they're talking- they're discussing ideas - and they are responsible for a global discussion on these issues that is completely unprecedented.

Ideas are the key.

We rely on ideas.

Money is just a shared idea, as is law, and democracy, and human rights, the existence of nation states, property etc etc.

Ideas, like videos and songs, can go viral if they resonate with people.

There is an idea taking hold in popular consciousness that we don't really live in a democracy, but that our lives are dictated by a small bunch of reckless and selfish oligarchs.

People are talking about how to deal with it.

At some point a critical mass may be reached and for all our sakes lets hope that the sanest ideas win the battle of natural selection in peoples minds - because the list of alternatives could include disorder on a scale that makes the london riots look like a school trip.

This isn't about what you or I think is ideologically sound, or what you and I agree is a more or less effective tool of change.

This is about recognizing that something is different about the way people are behaving.

They are not content to just protest and go home after receiving a few shallow assurances - they are going to hang on while the idea slowly takes root that we can and must change the status quo and reassert our right to genuine democratic power, and they are going to hang on until the inevitable gravity of a sustained protest draws enough people so that a critical mass is achieved - at which point something will happen.