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October 15, 2011


I will say this bunch looks a lot more pleasant and reasonable than some of the rabble seen at most of the other demonstrations around the country.

But remember when you are fussing about the rich and their greed and excess, the other side of the coin...

Communism says "from each according to his ability, to each according to his need."

Human need cannot be defined. Do you really want government defining your need? How much self-determination do you think government will allow you once you give it the power to determine how much self determination you should have? Power is abused on Wall St. Power is abused in government. Neither should have too much, but in a nutshell...

Leave me alone.

Great coverage of the march and rally, Brian - video, photos, text - all of it.

I was on the other side of the rally at Peace Plaza from you and your camera, but am in there from 11-16 seconds, on the right by the steps, behind the dog, wearing a yellow jacket, fiddling with my bike. I'm also in the video at the Statesman Journal today, which was actually taken at a meeting on Friday to define a message for media use. (I haven't been staying overnight, but have been to several meetings and educational activities associated with Occupy Salem.) I'm in the background in a few shots but at the end of the S-J video I'm standing next to the flag, same yellow jacket, hands in jeans pockets. Right around that point in the meeting (but not shown in the video) I went on a rant about how in trying to be all inclusive and not alienate anyone, the group seemed to be watering down the message that originated with Occupy Wall Street: that Wall Street, banks and corporations dominate our political and economic systems. They did include something along these lines in the statement: "...blatant injustices that are being perpetuated by the economic and political structures in our nation and around the world...." Democracy, as they say, is slow; but this is what democracy looks like.

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