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Occupy Wall Street: Look deeper, a new democracy is waiting to be born

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The pundits, critics and others in opposition to change, all determined to dismiss Occupy Wall Street as inconsequential, continue to express their frustration that the protest is taking so damn long.  

Occupy Wall Street has maintained its core principles of non-violence and freedom.

The authorities, currently embodied by the NYPD leadership, continue to rely on physical actions of threats, brutality and incarceration.

Occupy Wall Street has spoken complex truths that have easily resonated with those who are slowing getting the message through an underground circuit of today's word-of-mouth called social media.

The corporate owned media that reaches the majority of Americans continues to obscure the voice of Occupy Wall Street with "understated" coverage.    Politicians like Mayor Bloomberg spin lies, like the movement opposes all those making more than $40,000 a year, that seek to divide and dissipate the potent force of vox populi.

Occupy Wall Street's principles and actions, like joining the American Postal Workers Union on their picket line with no assurance of reciprocation, appear illogical.

All politics and government in America today runs on the fuel of money and dances to the tune of the payoff and the quid pro quo.

Occupy Wall Street dances to the tune of the people and will eventually issue the overall community of America, and indirectly the international community of people, dividends in economic security, stability and liberty.

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The current paradigm that the Occupy Wall Street movement will "elect" a new leader and the questions of "what will he or she look like?" "who will it be?" "how will they rule?" and, "how much power will they wield?" will soon be on the lips of the current political establishment.

Those steeped in the concept of true democracy as anticipated by Paulo Freire in his "Pedagogy for the Oppressed," already understand that there will be no political leader replacing the current leadership.    

Most politicians, currently and historically, have imagined themselves to be power brokers, electorate manipulators, compromisers, know-it-alls, cults of personality, part of a system of money and power, and on one side or the other eliminating the possibility of all other options.

The citizens of a true democracy, as envisioned by the concept of the General Assembly, have no desire for a Fidel Castro, a Valdimir Putin, a Cesar Chavez, an Angela Merkel, an Abby Hoffman or even a Barack Obama.

Politicians, as such, will be expected to perform their duties including truly listening to their constituents, working as facilitators toward creating solutions, and performing the role of representing the people.

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Though this paradigm shift has been lost in the stories of the first days of the occupation for empowerment and change in America, it will soon be recognized by more and more citizens as come to understand the long-term process that is this movement.

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Chaz Valenza is writer and small business owner in New Jersey. He earned his MBA from New York University's Stern School of Business. His current feature film project is "Single Point Failure" an insider's account of how the Reagan Administration (more...)
 

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I hope this commentary will explain why Occupy Wal... by Chaz Valenza on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 at 10:46:58 AM
Thanks Chaz You did well in getting the message ac... by macdon1 on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 at 5:32:45 PM
but I surely would like to see the following: 1... by Mark Sashine on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 9:46:40 AM
http://www.share-international.us/sw.  If any... by Betsy Whitfill on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 at 12:24:10 PM
#occupywallst was something I daydreamed of seeing... by Sharon M on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 at 1:41:04 PM
This is just an attempt to correct the link failur... by Betsy Whitfill on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 8:25:48 AM
For many of us who have been at this for a while t... by lila york on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 at 12:43:02 PM
Powerul writing.  Thanks.  It's along th... by Burl Hall on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 at 1:36:20 PM
1,500 or 2,000 people protesting out of 300,000,00... by Sister Begonia on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 at 1:51:33 PM
TThe MONDRAGON Corporation mission is to produce a... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 at 5:34:00 PM
It was born, or conceived some years ago, but not ... by E. J. N. on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 at 3:31:00 PM
our own lives. Now it's time to get involved again... by Linda Dapper on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 at 3:43:00 PM
Over the past 30 years since, since Ronald Reagan ... by Michael Dewey on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 at 5:42:44 PM
Thanks chaz, this could be something akin to what ... by Kevin Tully on Sunday, Oct 2, 2011 at 9:48:19 PM
Remember this people: ALWAYS look a 'reformed... by Ned Lud on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 7:20:56 AM
What of the US Constitution applies? You have to g... by Steven G. Erickson on Monday, Oct 3, 2011 at 8:43:21 AM