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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

    


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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?

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So far those taking part physically in the OWS dem... by Diana Moss on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 4:07:15 PM
I am helping out where possible my local Occuped T... by Faith Carr on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 6:32:08 AM
Those on the right, especially Fox "News" and Brie... by Sheila Samples on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 4:24:22 PM
I think being forewarned is to be forearmed. I pos... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 6:57:52 PM
OWS is a moral and patriotic movement. It see... by Daniel Geery on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 7:08:32 PM
...by Lakoff.  I agree -- the movement is mak... by Sheila Samples on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 7:49:40 PM
I've wasted hours plodding through their works. Pl... by Faith Carr on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 6:28:18 AM
I've done more than I care to with chickens and ev... by Daniel Geery on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:31:21 PM
Good to know others are getting a handle on food p... by Faith Carr on Thursday, Oct 27, 2011 at 5:41:42 AM
Of course OEN should publish content about the vul... by Ed Martin on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 4:58:00 PM
My perception is that the young people occupying t... by Rob Kall on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 5:29:22 PM
Just seem to poke sticks.1. "Ms B" an activist fro... by Faith Carr on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 6:50:53 AM
Congrats on Occupied Territory Fort Worth. As to g... by Faith Carr on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 6:38:02 AM
I do not agree with Ed but Diana and Sheila got it... by ketcher on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 5:23:15 PM
I think I would phrase it differently.  They ... by Jerry Policoff on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 5:23:47 PM
...is with the media.  They will jump on this... by Sheila Samples on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 6:32:36 PM
Absolutely, it is good to have a platform to evolv... by Douglas Ellsworth on Monday, Dec 26, 2011 at 2:05:14 AM
I don't wanna be a part of any movement that's not... by John Joerg on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 5:49:14 PM
But Transparent?  You can't cover up stuff ev... by Davey Jones on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 10:30:07 PM
... by Davey Jones on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 10:34:13 PM
A coverup implies nixon.No one I know at my local ... by Faith Carr on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:08:20 AM
Transparency? The overlords are as transparent as ... by Faith Carr on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 6:55:55 AM
Of course we should be discussing the vulnerabilit... by Walter J Smith on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 5:56:53 PM
What would be the motive? To help the movement? I ... by K.H. Williams on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 6:07:54 PM
The truth shall set you free.  When you are r... by Edward Saucier on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 6:27:16 PM
.. but probably so.   But I'm glad you did ... by Thomas Brown on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 6:28:56 PM
OpEdNews has been operating along the lines of the... by Diana Moss on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 7:08:14 PM
Rob,Analyze and critique the strategy and tactics,... by Paul Roden on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 7:14:12 PM
Focus on the positives.  We want to swell the... by Michael Morgan on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 7:40:01 PM
I suspect the participants in OWS would have opini... by Mary Chipman on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 7:57:24 PM
Just a quick slice and a leech.The Occupy Movement... by Faith Carr on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:02:56 AM
Not since 1776 have Americans, of all ages, bound ... by Paul from Potomac on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 8:00:51 PM
OEN likes to call itself "media."  Admittedly... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 8:05:34 PM
As a dyed-in-the-wool-neocon your comments are irr... by AAA AAA on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:54:11 AM
you and your comments are equally as irrelevant...... by Doc McCoy on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 11:56:54 PM
That you posed for yourself below.  Please le... by AAA AAA on Thursday, Oct 27, 2011 at 1:01:17 AM
and have no inkling or idea of what you are talkin... by Doc McCoy on Thursday, Oct 27, 2011 at 3:55:59 AM
You criticize someone for not knowing what wages y... by AAA AAA on Thursday, Oct 27, 2011 at 4:41:33 AM
is the simple fact that what I pay my employees an... by Doc McCoy on Friday, Oct 28, 2011 at 3:51:51 AM
Good for you Doc Codger.... by AAA AAA on Friday, Oct 28, 2011 at 4:42:51 AM
Somebody will be framing the message; the question... by bruce jones on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 8:24:20 PM
Rob was this your idea? We are at war here people.... by Faith Carr on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 8:38:19 PM
then why shouldn't there be full disclosure of eve... by Doc McCoy on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 9:56:11 PM
War crimes and protests is not an equivelnecy. Wr... by Thomas Brown on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:00:17 AM
Let the wingers do the criticizing. You can't cove... by James Kenworthy on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 10:07:36 PM
From the perspective of this 1950s civil righ... by Eugene Elander on Tuesday, Oct 25, 2011 at 11:49:57 PM
Occupy Wall Street Current Official Demands, Votin... by Thomas Brown on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:02:28 AM
Ted KasinskyThe guy in NorwayTimothy McVeighBeing ... by Faith Carr on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:11:42 AM
Of course, Ms. Carr, someone who misspells Ted Kaz... by Eugene Elander on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 1:27:49 PM
It is not really leaderless but instead has an inc... by AAA AAA on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 4:54:31 AM
...In the meantime it is doing well just growing b... by Faith Carr on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:19:54 AM
...what your rambling message means but if you are... by AAA AAA on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:41:12 AM
a good Democrat - liberal dreamer - that believes ... by Faith Carr on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 10:57:11 AM
I believe in your right to free speech.  Can'... by AAA AAA on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 3:41:22 PM
Occupy Wall Street Current Official Demands, Votin... by Thomas Brown on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 11:49:55 AM
Occupy Wall Street Current Official Demands, Voti... by Thomas Brown on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 11:54:12 AM
In order to make demands stick it will be helpful ... by AAA AAA on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 1:24:10 PM
Making a big batch of spring rolls to take downtow... by Faith Carr on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:25:06 AM
  Report what you will. Opine all you want.... by Thomas Brown on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:26:35 AM
Ralph Must be very Dissapointed to see The HArd Wo... by Thomas Brown on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:33:13 AM
I watched a mass movement (the VVAW -- Vietnam Vet... by Jim Arnold on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 7:37:45 AM
Yes, every comment, voice, occurrence positive or ... by Randy Main on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 11:08:55 AM
Only fools and abuse victims fear honest debate. b... by Miriam Callaghan on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 2:08:59 PM
I have watched the American right negatively defin... by Roger Werner on Wednesday, Oct 26, 2011 at 9:47:41 PM
It certainly does. Here's why i voted "no".When on... by steve windisch on Friday, Oct 28, 2011 at 1:08:19 PM
if <management of opednews> is offended by t... by . . on Friday, Oct 28, 2011 at 3:43:19 PM
We have the Neo-Cons that will do that. I'm sure e... by Timothy Gatto on Saturday, Nov 12, 2011 at 9:03:48 PM
I'm a member of the 99% underclass that is being c... by Hubert Steed on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 12:53:02 AM
but the link isn't working. (Would a treasonous bi... by Jim Arnold on Wednesday, Nov 16, 2011 at 4:26:05 AM
I don't know about the US. I only know what I have... by gia kma on Saturday, Jan 28, 2012 at 12:31:39 AM

 
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