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Why occupy?
By Dave Winer on Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at 1:30 PM.

Susannah Breslin went to Occupy Chicago and asked Why? #

Worth reading, but I think I know the overall answer.  #

People want to do something, anything, to help the world work. #

We've reached a point where things aren't working very well, and there's a good chance that there will be a collapse.  #

It's a logical consequence of the escalating brinksmanship practiced by our government over the last four years. If you don't feel nervous about the future after witnessing all that, you weren't really paying attention. #

And there's another problem, the idea that we're witnesses, not active participants. All the framing says that the battle is between Repubs and Dems. That's actually nonsense. If there's a battle, it's among the people, the voters, the taxpayers, the citizens of America. Those are just our elected representatives. The day they became more than that is the day we took the wrong turn. And that's what need to undo. Go back to that place, and re-establish our dominion over the political system of the country.  #

If you listen to the words people say and take them at face value, which is the only way to go, it's completely obvious.  #

Cynics may say they have insight into the character of the people that they themselves don't have, or that they are dishonest, but I don't see it. And I'm old enough to know that when people point the finger in accusation, it's often the other way around. #

Better, tell us what you want for our country, in positive terms, not something childish and irrelevant like depriving a someone of something. What's your vision for our country. And btw, when you have that, guess what -- you're occupying too.  #

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