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October 04, 2011

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Alain

thank you for your comments on OccupyWallStreet. Graeber is a fascinating theorist (I just picked up his debt book)but ultimately he represents those who think the process is an end in itself, no? And I think you are right that "horizontal" organizing can be very effective at one point in developing a movement but that it is not effective, or even counter productive, at another point.

But I think we live in extraordinary times - that this movement has a chance precisely because there is no there there. The longer it lasts, and the longer its message stays amorphous - "We are the 99%" - the better chance it has to make an impact. Whether it gets co-opted by unions or the establishment left may not matter as much as it would normally - the traditional left has been completely marginalized by the dems so this constituency is more open to a more radical approach, perhaps.

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