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Should We Publish Content Exploring The Meta Issues, Vulnerabilities And Flaws Of The Occupy Wall Street Movement

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Should We Publish Content Exploring The Meta Issues, Vulnerabilities And Flaws Of The Occupy Wall Street Movement

    


images like this are being used by the right to attack OWS rob kall

The Occupy Wall Street Movement is at an embryonic stage of development, just sorting what and who it is, what it does how it does it, who does what and who controls and decides on how the money that it receives is spent. 

It is vulnerable to agents provocateur, as we've already seen, and as I wrote about in my article  "Occupy" Participants Beware: Agents Provocateur
 
Often, local Occupy communities have many homeless people staying there, where they are fed, clothed and given medical care. A significant percentage of the pre-existing homeless population suffers from schizophrenia and related disorders that could lead to unpredictable behavior and violence. 

There are questions about the leaderlessness of the movement. Some say it's a good thing. Others are pushing for spokespeople. There are hidden conflicts arising at some of the "Occupied territories." Is it better to ignore these challenges or to discuss them openly... or leave them to discussion by the general assemblies of the "Occupied Territories?"


image from youtube video on general assemblies by Janel Sterbentz

The right, anti-Obama forces, the tea-party and some of the targets of the Occupy Movement and their surrogates, like the Wall Street Journal, are attacking the movement, doing all they can to frame it negatively-- as peopled by drug abusing, out of work losers, hippies, commies, anti-semites... you get the idea. See the video below to see how ugly it's already getting.


Which led me to ask this poll's question. Should these issues be discussed in the public forum of Opednews.com in particular, as well as elsewhere?   Should an embryonic phenomenon be subjected to meta-analysis, to discussion of the weaknesses, the failures, the vulnerabilities, the flaws and difficult questions it's encountering as it evolves and matures?  Will transparent discussion help or hurt by exposing vulnerabilities to detractors?

Please vote in the poll and add your comments. i see the comments as an extremely important part of this discussion, so please take the moment it takes to log in or use Facebook or twitter to sign up to vote and comment. 


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Rob Kall has spent his adult life as an awakener and empowerer-- first in the field of biofeedback, inventing products, developing software and a music recording label, MuPsych, within the company he founded in 1978-- Futurehealth, and founding, organizing and running 3 conferences: Winter Brain, on Neurofeedback and consciousness, Optimal Functioning and Positive Psychology (a pioneer in the field of Positive Psychology, first presenting workshops on it in 1985) and Storycon Summit Meeting on the Art Science and Application of Story-- each the first of their kind.  Then, when he found the process of raising people's consciousness and empowering them to take more control of their lives  one person at a time was too slow, he founded Opednews.com-- which has been the top search result on Google for the terms liberal news and progressive opinion for several years. Rob began his Bottom-up Radio show, broadcast on WNJC 1360 AM to Metro Philly, also available on iTunes, covering the transition of our culture, business and world from predominantly Top-down (hierarchical, centralized, authoritarian, patriarchal, big)  to bottom-up (egalitarian, local, interdependent, grassroots, archetypal feminine and small.) Recent long-term projects include a book, Bottom-up-- The Connection Revolution, debillionairizing the planet and the Psychopathy Defense and Optimization Project. 

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