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Journey As Destination: Occupy Wall Street Practices Democracy

Journey As Destination: Occupy Wall Street Practices Democracy

By WashingtonsBlog
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Protesters Practice Democracy

Famed political trend forecaster Gerald Celente believes that direct democracy – where people cut out the corrupt “middle man” and vote on issues themselves – is the only way to save America.

In response, David DeGraw – one of the primary Wall Street protest organizers – told me that the protesters are practicing direct democracy.

Another organizer amplified on this in an interview in the Nation:

What are the demands of the protesters?

Ugh the zillion-dollar question. Again, the original Adbusters call asked, What is our one demand? Technically, there isn t one yet. In the weeks leading up to September 17, the NYC General Assembly seemed to be veering away from the language of demands in the first place, largely because government institutions are already so shot through with corporate money that making specific demands would be pointless until the movement grew stronger politically. Instead, to begin with, they opted to make their demand the occupation itself and the direct democracy taking place there which in turn may or may not come up with some specific demand. When you think about it, this act is actually a pretty powerful statement against the corruption that Wall Street has come to represent. But since thinking is often too much to ask of the American mass media, the question of demands has turned into a massive PR challenge.

The General Assembly is currently in the midst of determining how it will come to consensus about unifying demands. It s a really messy and interesting discussion. But don t hold your breath.

Yves Smith has also says the direct democracy-like process involved in the Wall Street protests is one of its greatest strengths.

And conservative Karl Denninger writes today that the direct democracy of the protesters is filling the void left by the wholly bought-and-paid-for Congress:

The people are organizing a Congress – a real one – in the public square.

They’re passing around ideas.

They’re debating.

They’re arguing.

And then they’re VOTING.

It’s self-organized. It’s real. And while the crooners in the mainstream media are trying to ignore what’s actually happening, they’re not stopping it – and in fact, they probably can’t stop it at this point.

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The people have, for four years, demanded that the foundational principle of representative government be followed: One citizen, one vote.

They didn’t get that.

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Since our bought and paid-for politicians won’t lock up the fraudsters and do what has to be done to dismantle the looting of the American citizen they’re being literally replaced wholesale.

Yes, right now this is “local government” with a small “l” and a small “g”. But make no mistake, this is representative government. It is people hashing out what they want and how to obtain it from a process of debate and discussion. Ideas are being circulated, argued, discussed and then voted upon.

That’s government folks. You’re seeing it.

Note: While some claim that direct democracy was created by Gaddafi or that it is a type of communism, Karl Denninger is a conservative, and certainly no fan of either Gaddafi or communism.

And Gerald Celente – who is non-partisan and has said that he will probably vote for Ron Paul – and economist Thomas Naylor have shown that Switzerland has used direct democracy for hundreds of years.

Celente told me the following in response to the criticisms of direct democracy:

The question is simple: Do you want the Gang of 535 [i.e. Congress] to run your life, or do you want to run it yourself?

This is the current irrational stupidity: Yes, you can vote for a politician who will tell you what is best for you, but no, you are not allowed to vote for what you think is best for yourself.

Why? Because you are too fucking stupid to tie your shoes. They know better than you!

How about just bringing back slavery and do away with the facade of freedom.

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