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OWS: Too Big to Fail

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OWS: Too Big to Fail - by Stephen Lendman

Hopefully nothing will derail this long overdue movement for change.

An idea whose time has come resonates globally. November 17 marked two months since beginning in New York. Earlier Middle East and European protests inspired it. Now it's spreading everywhere across North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Oceania.

In America within weeks, hundreds of large and small cities in all 50 states got involved. Protesters weathered snow, rain, cold, pepper spray, tear gas, beatings, arrests, and evictions. Police confrontations, in fact, inspired larger turnouts. 

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Mother Jones magazine said participants represent "a horizontal, autonomous, leaderless, modified-consensus-based system with roots in anarchist thought." In fact, they're revolutionaries in the best sense of the term.

They've "tap(ped) into the rising feeling among many Americans that economic opportunity has been squashed by corporate greed and the influence of the very rich in politics." 

One protester's sign read, "You can't shut down occupation - We're everywhere."

Another said, "You cannot evict an idea whose time has come."

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Still another lifted high read, "OCCUPY EVERYTHING."

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