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How The Occupy Wall Street / OWS Movement is Like the Space Program

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note: this article is a further explanation of the response I gave in my interview on RT TV

The other day, Matt, a 20 year old student who's taking a year off from college to participate in the Occupy Philly community, told me that even if the Occupy Philly community is shut down, the changes it has already produced will keep on making a difference. "It's getting people thinking," he told me.  

But the Occupy movement is NOT being shut down. It's growing with explosive speed and energy.  A member of the original New York Occupy Wall Street told me, when I asked how things will be different in four or six months, "We'll be wearing heavier clothing." This is a phenomenon that's set for the long haul. 

The Occupy Wall Street movement is freaking out leaders on the right. Fact is, they are not scared or worried enough. The OWS movement is a huge, explosive development, with bigger  more profound implications than they can imagine, just like the US space program had a much greater affect on every occupant of the planet.

Critics on the right deride the Occupy Wall Street movement as being unfocused, without specific goals or policies.  It drives them crazy that there are no clear cut leaders. 

Go to one of the Occupy city locales and ask to talk to a leader and you'll get a quizzical look, but no direct answer, and maybe a referral to a table where people focus on a specific topic-- Direct Action-- for example. 

Ask about policies and you'll be invited to attend a general assembly, where occupiers use the "human mike" to amplify peoples' voices. (One person says a phrase, then a bunch of people repeat the phrase, so all can hear it-- an approach that was developed because bullhorns are not always available or permitted in Occupy spaces.)

The nature and character of the Occupy Wall Street movement make many mainstream media people and conservatives uncomfortable. They respond by attacking and attempting to marginalize the movement.

A Huffingtonpost article by Sam Stein suggests some GOP candidates are beginning to embrace the Occupy movement. I disagree. If the GOP presidential candidates are not attacking and villifying the movement, they're attempting to parasitize it by using the complaints of the occupiers as attacks on Democrats and or Obama, as Herman Cain did, suggesting that the OWS people should go to the White House. Cain doesn't get it. 

Make no mistake, the only way the GOP candidates are embracing the Occupy movement is the way a lion embraces its prey. 

One of the biggest criticisms of the Occupy movement is that it fails to define what it stands for, what it wants, how it's going to get it and what it's going to do. The right thinks this is a great way to mock the Occupy Wall Street movement. 

I say the movement is doing great. The movement is not just another sit-in or march or protest. It's a major new phenomenon, a kind of social change invention. What the OWS IS is not as important as what it's becoming. 

The OWS is, at this early stage, an amorphous, emerging embryonic entity and phenomenon. Like a human embryo at a very early stage, it looks the same as the embryos of many creatures.  Further differentiation and unfolding of the genetic programming must occur to discover what an embryo will become. Time will reveal what the OWS movement will become.

The US space program was very much the same. We had no clue how the space program was going to develop or how it was going to affect  us. 


Occupy Philly solar cell array energizes car batteries used to charge cell phones and run notebook computers photo by Rob Kall

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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 can feel the planet shuddering ever so slightly ... by Sheila Samples on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 at 5:16:59 PM
The Swiss are looking good[[OSP]]... by . . on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 at 9:23:00 PM
Well said, Rob. The lack of leaders and focus driv... by Arlen Grossman on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 at 9:56:03 PM
As I watched the Republican Primary Debate la... by Robert Foster on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 at 10:28:33 PM
They are either in terminal denial or pathological... by Donald on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 7:35:22 AM
Good piece, Rob.I do agree that the spark that was... by Nancy S on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 at 11:00:04 PM
a recent college graduate has been with OWS for se... by Michael Shaw on Wednesday, Oct 12, 2011 at 11:28:28 PM
perhaps the youth generation is finally waking up ... by Rob Kall on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 8:05:36 AM
Those with the most to lose, fight the hardest. ... by Ned Lud on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 8:40:41 AM
This movement is making a well deserved mockery of... by Thomas Brown on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 2:39:43 PM
Ziggy Marley sang in Tomorrow People, "You don't k... by Ellen Slack on Thursday, Oct 13, 2011 at 5:18:29 PM