Self-governance begins somewhere. It must have the resources to enact its will. We have the means of changing the worst of things while letting the best of things stay the same. If not now, when? If not us, who?
Aside from the undeniable merit of his views, consider the actual language used. Serious. Intelligent. Thought-provoking. Wouldn't it be something if a sizable number of our politicians would actually talk like that today? Imagine how different the national debate might be.
Many view Occupy as a youth movement, with Occupy Wall Street as its epicenter, because of the financial meltdown; but its traditions are deep-rooted in human history, and Occupiers target social injustice worldwide.
I'm definitely not naive enough to discount the role of profit, self-interest, etc., in others' motivations, but I believe that most people want what's best for others, even if we disagree on what it takes for that to happen.
In business -- where the 20th Century adage that "you can't manage what you don't measure" remains as valid as ever -- we're finding that traditional measures just do not add up in a globally interdependent world.
Students learn how hard it is to operate openly, responsibly and accountably. Furthermore, by self-governing, they remove most of the conflict resolution burden from the professional staff, allowing them to focus on educational purposes.