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100 Days of the "%99"
But How Many More
100 Days, 2400 hours, 14400 minutes, a long time for any movement to stay active. Today, January 22, 2012, Occupy Harrisburg reached this milestone. I was at the initial "Occupation" in October. Since then they've been evicted and relocated, and are under threat of eviction yet again, have traveled to Washington DC for the recent "Occupy Congress" and "Occupy the Courts" events, and plan on having a presence at a foreclosure of a farm. The core group that I saw at today's General Assembly have become well-organized, to the point that I actually got 'flagged' for some breaches of protocol, to which I apologized.
But there's a development I see that makes me wonder if the "%99" may be dividing over a familiar line, and long shot GOP Presidential Candidate Ron Paul may be the wedge. Despite the efforts of media outlets like Political Context, to show him as no ally of the movement, he has some support among the "%99". I've been doing my part on Facebook to present this information, but the results in one case have been less than successful.
What I'm wondering is could the "%1" media have managed to successfully present the "%99" as college kids who basically want to live in Uncle Sam's basement. This tactic worked well in the 1960's, and may have roots even before that. It could tie into a curious disdain many Americans have for the educated, the idea of the "Liberal elite" in their "ivory tower". Never mind that to do much more than work in the "McEconomy" at a Wal-Mart, etc, that you almost do need some sort of education past high school.
So what can the "%99" do to maintain its coalition? Perhaps put a focus on re-building the industrial economy more than it has. There have been efforts to make things like student loan debt forgiveness a part of the "%99" agenda.
Years ago a tycoon said, "I can easily pay half the working class to kill the other". Today, all it may take is backing the right candidate or advertising on the right programs to accomplish the same thing.