A lot of the criticism directed at Occupy Wall Street–even from the Left–concerning their lack of a concrete platform or unified message at this point is very wrong-headed when you think about it. That expectation is elitst (and, depending on your politics, quite hypocritical), as it assumes that a democractic movement is only legitimate if it's run from the top down. Democracy is supposed to be about citizens debating and building a national consensus, not obeying orders from activists who have everything figured out for them. So OWS deserves a lot more respect than it's getting in the media. This is democracy in action, we've just forgotten what that looks like.
Why Occupy Wall Street deserves respect, even from conservatives
November 18, 2011 By 3 Comments