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Occupy Wall Street-The largest protest in world history

Updated on October 15, 2011

Worldwide protests are unprecedented. The 'Occupy Wall Street' protests have grown into the largest protest movement in all of recorded history.

Some protest movements have involved several countries simultaneously, for example, the Solidarity protests in Poland several years ago spread to Berlin, where they helped to topple the Berlin wall, and it lead to the fall of Communism in East Germany. The protests eventually spread to the Soviet Union, where they led to the downfall of Gorbachev's Communist regime. Some protests have transformed entire nations, like the anti-British protests in India (led by Gandhi) in the late 1940's, and the protests against the Vietnam war in America in the 1960's, but there has never been a protest movement with such far-reaching scope as the Occupy Wall Street movement. The Occupy Wall Street movement, known as OWS, began in New York on September 17,2011. In less than a month, it spread to dozens of cities all over America, and also spread to other countries. In terms of sheer size, it is without a doubt the largest protest movement that has ever existed, anywhere in the world.

By October 15,2011, there were OWS protests in London,England and Rome,Italy. In Canada, there were OWS protests in Windsor,Ontario, Toronto,Ontario, and Montreal,Quebec. There were OWS protests in Tokyo,Japan, and also in New Zealand. In Australia, there were OWS protests in the cities of Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, and Brisbane. In Santiago,Chile, there was a protest movement called 'March Of The Outraged', which also supported the OWS protesters in the U.S.A. On October 16,2011, a website reported that there were 951 protests related to OWS, worldwide. There can be no doubt that the OWS protests have become the largest protests in all of recorded history, they are the largest protest movement in the entire history of the human race.

Although the OWS movement has the potential to liberate the masses of workers, there are also some serious flaws in the movement. The lack of leadership is astounding. When India was a colony of the British Empire, an Indian named Gandhi led the protest movement against the British. Gandhi insisted that the anti-British protests must be non-violent protests. The sincerity and spirit of the OWS protesters is impressive, but they do not have a leader. They do not have a leader like Gandhi. A great movement needs a great man to lead it, so where is he? The credibility of the OWS will suffer if they cannot come up with a leader to lead their movement. Here in Detroit, there is a movement called Occupy Detroit, they are supporters of the OWS movement in New York. They began the movement here in Detroit by having a rally at the Spirit of Detroit statue, then they marched up Woodward Avenue to Grand Circus park. I'd like to join them, because I was born in Detroit, and I Iive in Detroit, but they do not have any democratic process for electing a leader. If I had the chance, I would become a candidate, and I would ask people here in Detroit to vote for me. If I got enough votes, I would become the leader of the Occupy Detroit movement. But, of course, this is impossible. They don't want anyone to run for office. They don't want any formal leadership, and I think it's a mistake to reject the idea of formal leadership. They would benefit from a formal political structure, and they would benefit from having an elected leader. Occupy Detroit is not the only OWS group in the state of Michigan. There's another one that was organizing protests in Lansing (Michigan's state capital) and it was called Occupy Michigan. I looked at a website that had some information about Occupy Michigan on it, and I discovered that their slogan is: Demand Democracy Now! I was surprised to see that they are 'demanding democracy' while they themselves do not even have a democratically-elected leader! In fact, none of the OWS groups that are active around the world have a democratically-elected leader. While they claim that they want democracy, they actually shun it. They're afraid that someone like me might actually have a chance to get some votes, and they're particularly afraid that I might get elected to be the leader of Occupy Detroit, or something like that.

So, what's the future of the OWS movement? Where do they go from here? I think the people in the OWS movement have the potential to create a third party. If they created an OWS party, they would certainly win elections. If OWS became a political party, and if they ran a candidate for mayor of New York the next time the mayor's office is up for election, do you think their candidate would win? I think an OWS candidate would have a very good chance of winning, in that scenario! A lot of people want to support the OWS, but they don't want to support them by marching in a parade, and getting tear-gassed by the police, I think they would rather support them in the voting booth, if they had the chance. The OWS movement has gotten off to a shaky start, but it has the potential to become a stable political movement. Adding an element of democracy to the OWS movement would legitimize it,and would allow it to fulfill it's promise.


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      Kim 6 years ago

      If you read up on the aims of the Occupy movement, it specifically says that there is a need for the ABSENCE of a leader. Those opposing the movement want somebody put away to stop the movement altogether. The fact that there is no leader is what will keep it going until the world is changed. Because "Occupy" is a state of mind, not one man's idea or influence :-)

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      Trisha 6 years ago

      Has anyone considered that having two few in power is a large portion of the protest. Why would a protest that addresses the masses not having a fair voice give their voice to one leader? Isn't that kinda the same situation were in now?

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      cosmicdust 6 years ago from Middle of Nowhere

      It could be possible that the protest movement is not seeking to establish a third party (though there may be some merit to that development) but perhaps merely a means by which to remind existing political leadership whose interests they should be serving or looking out for.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      In order to institute societal change, people must strategize together, select a leader, and create a group consensus. This said, this is a great hub.