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<nettime> Peter Marcuse: What Occupy Signifies -- as to non-occupiers
Patrice Riemens on Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:04:18 +0200 (CEST)

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<nettime> Peter Marcuse: What Occupy Signifies -- as to non-occupiers

bwo INURA list/ P.M.


I know many are already involved in activities such as the ones 
discussed here, but more is better, and the opportunities are great...

Non-occupying supporters of the Occupy Wall Street movement are critical 
forces in influencing the impact of the movement. Occupiers are 
themselves a tiny fraction, but their support reaches widely, those many 
that are discontent, insecure, and/or exploited, dissatisfied with 
things as they are. Their support reaches into the majority of the 
population, even into Republican circles, even sharing some roots with 
some tea partiers. Occupy Wall Street will not bring about a revolution, 
but it can be a force to bring about a shift from a defensive to an 
offensive posture, to push from radical reform rather than only 
amelioration at the edges.

Supportive non-occupiers can play a major role in moving in this 
direction. They can develop the details occupiers are accused if 
ignoring, organize around individual the individual concrete issues 
contributing to the deep discontent with the direction in which society 
is moving. Linking the broadly-targeting aroused occupiers to the 
multiple existing groups and organization already struggling for change 
might provide strength and energy all around.

In more detail on my blog, pmarcuse.wordpress.com

Peter Marcuse

Peter Marcuse					
Professor Emeritus of Urban Planning
School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Columbia University
New York, N.Y. 10027

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