Occupy started with a simple message: get big money out of politics. Fair enough; that's something most of us can agree on.The problem is that coalition—the notion that many people of differing ideologies can put aside their differences and rally behind one common goal—wasn't good enough for some, and thus Occupy became a catch-all for every left-leaning cause-du-jour. Suddenly, it wasn't just about curtailing collusion between politicians and moneyed interests; instead, the message became diluted by talk of everything from race relations to the war in Afghanistan, medical marijuana, the prison population, Bradley Manning, various environmental concerns; just as during the anti-war protests of 2003, several groups pushing slightly-differing flavors of pie-in-the-sky utopian pipe-dreams. Then there were the freeloaders who showed up to exploit the communal nature of the encampments for the sake of free food.The point is, Occupy failed because in trying to represent everything, it forgot just what it was trying to do in the first place. Or perhaps, with such a staggering variation of concerns attempting to ride Occupy's coat-tails, all the movement could do in the end was run in place. Effort, after all, is not enough without purpose and direction.
@missiondweller: If you simply must regurgitate tired, insipid right-wing talking points, someone should really show you how to use the 'Share' button on FoxNews.com. You know...so you don't have to type it all out each time.
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