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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. 

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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.


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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.)


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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. 

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Rob Kall is an award winning journalist, inventor, software architect, connector and visionary. His work and his writing have been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, CNN, ABC, the HuffingtonPost, Success, Discover and other media. He's given talks and workshops to Fortune 500 execs and national medical and psychological organizations, and pioneered first-of-their-kind conferences in Positive Psychology, Brain Science and Story. He hosts some of the world's smartest, most interesting and powerful people on his Bottom Up Radio Show, and founded and publishes one of the top Google- ranked progressive news and opinion sites, OpEdNews.com

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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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