Friday, October 21, 2011

Occupy Detroit - Will it Change Anything?

Jeff Wattrick from MLive.com posted about his experience spending 24 hours at the Occupy Detroit encampment at Grand Circus Park. One can find his comments and reporting available on-line here.

It is too early to tell if the Occupy Detroit protests will spark some sort mass revolt or the birth of a Utopian society, as some at the protest hope it will. If history is any guide, however, it's doubt that such a thing will happen. However, if one continues to follow history as a guide, there is a very good chance that these protest rallies and encampments could lead to other benefits for Detroit and the rest of Michigan.

However, the Occupy Detroit protests have show a lot of Detroiters in their 20s and 30s how to organize themselves and get things done. The encampment, for example, has a multitude of services to enable it operate, as Mr. Wattrick pointed out. The protesters have learned how to get a lot done with minimal resources.

If nothing else, I think Occupy Detroit will bring a new group of leaders into Detroit's body politic. Based on the way the current crop of politicians are performing in this town, I have to say that's an improvement.



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