To declare their independence in 1776, colonists had to let go of their belief the King would rescue them. To declare their independence in 2011, Americans have to let go of their belief that the present government will rescue them.
I don't think the organizers or supporters will be satisfied with Occupy Wall Street unless it bears results, though it alone is an accomplishment: thousands have marched with OWS, and occupations have sprung up throughout the U.S.
We are witnessing the birth of a new paradigm for mankind, one that is a game-changer for the planet. What is unfolding before our very eyes, ears, hearts and minds, is the awakening of our collective consciousness.
Pundits tell Occupy Wall Street: give us your list of demands or you'll fail. Occupy Wall Street is obviously doing just fine without following that script. But why? What is Occupy Wall Street doing right? Here, some lessons from the history and theory of social movements.
Dear Mohammed Bouazizi, I want to write you about an astonishing year -- with three months yet to run. I want to tell you about the power of despair and the margins of hope and the bonds of civil society.
Remind us that in the land of the free and the home of the brave, every vote matters and any voice -- not any amount of money -- can change the world. We've got your back Mr. President, show us that you've got ours.
Regardless of what tax bracket we are in, I think we can all agree that it is morally reprehensible that the current financial system is structured to allow easy purchase of, and control over, our elected officials.
We are beginning to put some of our money to work as far from Wall Street as far can be... that is, near where we live, in things that we understand, things that bring tangible, immediate benefits to our communities.
If you are an American and believe the system is broken -- how are you going to fix it without finding people to get into positions to help you do it? Isn't that what voting is about? Isn't this what made our system so special in the first place?
This movement has potential to unite communities in Chicago that have been estranged since the early 70s, but its student leaders will have to reach out to citizens who have never set foot on a college campus or who have never heard of the Federal Reserve.
The left-leaning 99 Percenters, the Occupy Wall St. movement, which began noisily enough in late September, has now reached into the thousands over three weeks and has spread to cities across the fruited plain.