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

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Look deeper.  Underneath the veneer of protests and arrests there is a new democracy waiting to be born.  

Yesterday the NYPD gave Occupy Wall Street, and the movement it is birthing, a boost by arresting some 700 protesters on the Brooklyn Bridge, an apparent contradiction that is a manifestation of the paradigm shift now underway.

Over the past 40 years, since 1970 when mortgage-backed securities were first introduced, Wall Street has transmuted from allocating capital for long-term investment into nano-term android speculators and anti-capitalist systemic fraud orchestrators.  

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Over the past 30 years since, since Ronald Reagan was elected president, regulated capitalism has been dismantled.   An aristocracy of kleptomaniacs and a politics of corporatocracy subsumed democracy originally created by and for the people.

The American democratic government has been hijacked by the virtual world called "Wall Street," which is, relative to the entire population, a small number of fast-buck artists raping and pillaging people world-wide.

Occupy Wall Street has by choice engaged with the people, not the system.

The corporate mass media, MSM, has given the people the sound bite, the "inside baseball" political analysis and the spin, all devoid of any discussion of issues or important content.

Occupy Wall Street has toppled the media sound bit and replaced it with the HD big picture of reality calling out the overall issues.

The MSM counters by saying the big issues are too big to debate wanting to pick small insignificant fights.

The government has been sold to the highest bidders on a cash for power basis.

Occupy Wall Street's NYC General Assembly has proved an all inclusive democracy can reach consensus and make long term decisions to the benefit of both the stability of the organization and the security of people who participate.

The police and media keep asking for the occupation movement's leaders, both nationally and locally, as the cause spreads to other cities and towns.   They are dumbfounded when they discover there are none, just a leaderless democracy of the people.

The establishment decries the movement's refusal to engage in debates where they have predetermined only two possible positions.  

Occupy Wall Street educates the newly arrived in a philosophy of consensus building and creative solutions to problems that consider not just two, but three or more possible creative solutions.

Occupy Wall Street is determined to stay as long as necessary to achieve tangible objectives of recognition, substantial growth and future prospects before ending the current protest action.

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