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Occupying Democracy: A Moral Revolution for Social Justice

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Occupying Democracy:

A Moral Revolution for Social Justice

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Alan James Strachan, Ph.D.

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Janet Coster, M.A. , M.A.

The moral principle of revolutions is to instruct, not to destroy.

Thomas Paine, First Principles of Government, 1795

Thomas Paine's words, written 217 years ago, capture the core purpose of the Occupy movement.

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The movement, at its heart, instructs us to honor one another and to ensure that government policy and our justice system reflect that ethic. It asks us to return to our founding principles.

Wealth, Power and Privilege:

Wherever people gather there will be unequal distributions of wealth, power and privilege. In terms of social policy, people either tend to side with those who already have these advantages, thus perpetuating the imbalance, or they wish to lessen the disparity.

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Alan James Strachan, Ph.D. is a psychotherapist, author and teacher, and Janet Coster, M.A., M.A., is a transpersonal counselor, spiritual director and workshop leader. This article is adapted from their book-in-progress, America on the Couch: (more...)

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