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mythology Donating Member (169 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Nov-20-11 01:41 PM
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42. Is there anything to suggest that the OWS movement has
enough support to be able to run meaningful candidates at the federal level? It costs a lot of money and even the largest OWS protests don't generate the money for that.

I think they would be better off running in Democratic primaries at the local level and gain influence that way. For example, gaining control over a local school board or city council and working to create better situations at that level. For example, I recently heard about an approach in Norway where instead of buying school textbooks, the schools worked to purchase the rights to the textbook and turned it into an open source project to make the textbooks applicable across a wider range of student achievement levels.

To run as independent candidates in a three way first past the post election, you will often wind up with your least favored candidate winning. For example see what happened in Maine's gubernatorial election which resulted in the current idiot. In an ideal world, we'd have instant run-off or proportional representation, but we don't have either of those in most states.
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