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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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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