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Dear Occupy Family, Today marks six months of Occupy Wall Street. Congratulations!
(written for the human microphone at Zuccotti Park) I am humbled and honored to be amplified by your voices. You are not fighting against people, but against a machine.
As a passionately-democratic CEO of several companies (for better and for worse, but mostly better, I hope), I share your admiration for these efforts at building effective languages and achieving consensus. It's so easy to criticize this type of process that's messy and extraordinarily challenging, and I'm very impressed, a bit awed really, by the achievements of the disparate members of this movement. When I remember how terrifying it was living through the decade of comprehensive silence that choked this country's democratic voice while we watched a series of dreadful lies and crimes pile one upon the other, I'm even more impressed at the incredible progress OWS has made over such an historically brief period of time. Or maybe the dizzying rate of the movement's progress is simply a reaction to that unnatural silence that filled the brief spaces between the aggressively vacuous "0% Percent Down!" and "Mission Accomplished!" laugh-track of Cheney's reign.
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