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For me and many of others, the OWS movement is an outgrowth of the Arab Spring, of the protests that took down Ben Ami in Tunisia and Mubarak in Egypt. 

Those occupations did not tweak their political systems. They replaced them with big, huge changes.  There was no waiting for the end of a political term. The occupiers re-set the terms. 

Now, in Tahrir Sqaure, hundreds of thousands protesters are standing up against violent military and police, laying their lives on the line for true democracy,  backing the police down and demanding an end to military control of government. 

flickr image of Tahrir Square By Al Jazeera English

I say,  continue to follow the Tahrir Square model of breaking up the old, making massive new change. The sacrifices and suffering Occupy Wall Street activists are experiencing deserve big changes, not tiny incremental adjustments. It is time to be bold. When OWS makes its demands known they should, every one of them, be seen as so big, so far out of the box that the opposition characterizes each one of them as crazy, dangerous, bizarre. If they are NOT that big, that aggressive and visionary then they will be letting the thousands of young people sleeping in tents in the occupied territories down. The OWS movement is not about moving inches. It is about revolutionary, quantum change. 

 Here are some thoughts on BIG changes that are consistent with the messages, conversations and signs prevalent at the occupied territories. 

Demand a total end to the control of government by the existing members of congress elected under a corporation funded election system. Demand that all corporate funding elected officials step down and that it be totally illegal for corporations to in any way influence elections, with the death penalty  for violations by corporations or their representatives. 

Take the money factor out of elections. Elections should be strictly government funded based on eligibility rules. This has already been mapped out. 

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Eliminate all current gerrymandered districts and replace them with districts that have the simplest geometric shape, based on scientific mapping by non-partisan boards advised by experts.

Reinstate the fairness doctrine on TV. 

That's a good start. Once the corporate selected "legislators" are purged and replaced by real legislators, elected without corporate interference, then, 

pass a constitutional amendment, officially ending corporate personhood and putting corporations back in their place, including setting rules that prohibit companies from becoming too big to fail from existing or operating in the US. 

This is not something that has to take a long time. 

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It could be in place for the 2012 elections. There will be the matter of the two thirds of the senators not up for re-election. Sorry. They all have to go. Run elections for EVERY senate seat. 

Totally change the undemocratic Model for the Senate:

One more thing. Forget about giving states with under a million people the same two senators as states with 20 or 30 million. They must band together to have at least 5 million citizens. If they don't like it, they can change to become districts, like the District of Columbia, with no senate representation or house representation at all. And yes, DC gets a house seat and a chance to join with other smaller states to attain a large enough population group to have one or two senate seats.  I'm not saying I have this worked out perfectly. But states could change which other states they work with. That could change the balance in elections. And the biggest states might get four senators, with the smallest state "clusters" might get one. No more two senators for Idaho, North Dakota, Rhode Island and Vermont. Or maybe, just get rid of the senate and hold referendums instead.  There are 310 million Americans and currently 100 senators. That works out to 3.1 million Americans per senator. That could give California ten or twelve senators. 

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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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I think the start must be with erecting a politi... by Mark Sashine on Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 at 12:04:04 PM
  This is a great list. Add Kucinich's Monet... by Thomas Brown on Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 at 12:56:28 PM
The first three items are part of the comprehensi... by Larry Kachimba on Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 at 1:25:20 PM
do the first ones, cleaning up elections, putting ... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 at 1:32:10 PM
I wouldn't restore the Fairness Doctrine in it's p... by Gustav Wynn on Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 at 2:19:48 PM
All this time I pretended to myself that he was ju... by Paul Repstock on Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 at 4:01:29 PM
As conceived, our form of representational democra... by Philip Zack on Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 at 4:05:03 PM
Mr. Kall's endorsement of the "horizontal democrac... by Paul Repstock on Tuesday, Nov 22, 2011 at 9:33:06 PM
you will see one hell of a lot of people getting o... by Doc McCoy on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 6:08:23 AM
has anything to do with secular socialism: it rese... by Mark Sashine on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 7:50:55 AM
There isn't one thing on there that is socialism. ... by Thomas Brown on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 2:13:44 PM
TAXES1. Tax equities (esp. stock) like other prope... by Jack Flanders on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 10:30:29 AM
Not when but 'How". >"When a 'David' is able to fo... by Paul Repstock on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 12:14:31 PM
I see the issues that OWS is addressing as being n... by Philip Pease on Wednesday, Nov 23, 2011 at 3:02:41 PM
OWS is going to be what the people make it. I ho... by Michael Dewey on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 3:27:40 AM
Some of these proposals (or a version of them) hav... by Norm Keegel on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 10:25:31 PM
The key proposals are those which take the money o... by Norm Keegel on Thursday, Nov 24, 2011 at 10:31:03 PM
"I say, continue to follow the Tahrir Square mode... by Rixar13 on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 11:21:36 AM
"I say, continue to follow the Tahrir Square mode... by Rixar13 on Friday, Nov 25, 2011 at 11:22:14 AM
Money out of politics is a necessity and of the hi... by Thomas Brown on Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 12:52:42 PM