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I wish I had a better idea of what the actual operation of the "circles" looked like, but I get the impression that the leadership team is solid.  That they've been able to translate indignation into actual political action is a sign that they are better organized than Occupy.  

In the US, Occupy took a very anti-politics turn very quickly, which is a problem if you want actual change. The problem was that the consensus model empowered the crazies, because it essentially meant that whoever could drag out a meeting the longest won. That doesn't bode well for a movement predicated on mass participation, because they masses have other commitments, like a job.

I have hopes for Podemos, if nothing else than that some success might provide a model for a new populist Left in the developed world. Occupy ended up as a simulacra of the indignados, because the whole show was initiated by an ad agency, but perhaps Spain can teach the world how to convert indignation into political action if Podemos can succeed.  

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Wed Oct 29th, 2014 at 12:51:32 PM EST
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