While some people are frustrated that the Occupiers haven’t issued detailed policy briefs, they managed to do something arguably more important: open a dialog on values that has been held captive by conservative forces for years .
Occupy Wall Street and its solidarity tents are injecting a different set of questions and issues into what used to be our public forum. Truth be told, they are injecting a lot of disjointed, broad questions and issues, and that’s great. This isn’t the time to hone and package outrage into ballot initiatives or candidates. It is a time to put forth core beliefs and principles and demand that they be discussed, vetted and applied in meaningful ways.
I’ve heard five core values, by no means the whole list. Rather, they are a starting point for a real discussion about what we, as a nation, embrace that can make us vibrant and whole.