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    Over the last weekend I attended 2 conferences in NY, one was Contact (which was a great event) followed by MetaCurrency project meeting.

    In both events attended a representative from OWS.
    He’s been living there for the last 3 weeks and wanted to see if and how the ideas presented at the 2 conferences can help or be integrated with the OWS cause.
    He shared some of his experience but to our great surprise said that his biggest problem at the moment is getting sleep!
    Apparently some people are taking advantage of the freedom and openness of the OWS movement.
    Homeless people, junkies and others are coming over, taking blankets, eating the food, harassing the occupiers, disturbing the peace and sleep and also interfering with the ongoing discussion and voting processes.

    The bind is that the group declares openness, transparency and freedom as some of its principal of operations and decline to use any known methods of enforcing order and by that (in their view) accepting the system rules to which they object to.

    I should say at this point that I support qualitative change and I would like to see OWS creating one.

    Can it be that a qualitative change cannot be achieved without some quantitative one?

    My view is that such a change demands a different ecology of mind, hopefully OWS and other movements would help facilitate such a change.
    Fri, Oct 28, 2011  Permanent link
    Categories: Mind, human, activist, OWS
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    There is a long ongoing discussion about the financial systems which gained even more momentum following the recent financial crisis (AKA credit crunch).

    Many voices are being heard, almost all throwing terms and slogans arguing their perspective to be the ultimate one, fast to show the errors of other perspectives.

    Socialism, Capitalism (neo-liberal or other), free market, taxes, risk, leveraging, hedging are just a tip of the iceberg.

    Many of the arguments are directed at the system (x or y), the Banks, the government, the corporate, even certain technologies are to be blame.

    I observe all these arguments with sheer amazement.

    Really?

    Since the beginning of humanity it was all about the human nature and never the tools.
    Once human created a club to hunt a mammoth, the same club was used to hit a neighbour or a potential mate.

    In my view not much has changed since then.
    We have much more complex and effective tools which allows for much greater effect (positive or negative).

    Capitalism and socialism are not bad ideologies, nor the Banks evil, it is human nature that drives people to be irresponsible, take un-necessary risks, value money above well being and in general behaving in a manner that is beyond and ethical standard of being.

    As long as people will not take responsibility and will not hold themselves to a higher code of conduct, problems and crises will follow.
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