"The politicians are afraid of the people, and they bless each day that they are asleep. That's why the Occupy movement was such a jolt. The real power is that of the rumble of the people. Politicians don't mind if you stay home and don't vote. But they do mind if you vote for a third party."
He warned against focusing just on the Presidential race. He pointed out that the right wing works harder to elect Congress, and doesn't care as much about the presidency. Congress, he said, has too much power, and the people aren't holding onto the reigns.
Thanks to Eric Anderson for note taking.Upcoming InterOccupy.org Hot Topics Calls
- Kevin Gosztola on "What the Movement's Role in the 2012 Election Should Be." Thursday March 22, 9:00PM Eastern. We expect this to be a free-ranging discussion of the 2012 elections with the young writer from FireDogLake, who has travelled to many occupations in past months.
- Nathan Schneider on "Paint the Other Cheek: What Diversity of Tactics Really Means in the Occupy Movement." Thursday March 29, 9:00PM Eastern. The discussion will focus on some of the most constructive responses that organizers have had in recent weeks regarding this debate within the movement, with the editor of WagingNonviolence.org
This article originally appeared at scribillare.com.