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Democracy is in the Streets

The protests that emanated from Wall Street are notable for the wide range of views among participants, and for resistance to the demand that protesters unite on a clear demand.  In Manchester, New Hampshire, where protests started October 15, the ranks have included trade unionists, liberal Democrats, radical pacifists, Marxists, and even “Free State” libertarians. 

A look at hand-made signs and sidewalk graffiti provides a glimpse into the diversity of opinions, which start with dissatisfaction with the status quo and a sense that most people have been ignored by those who control powerful economic and political institutions.

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There is general support for an anti-war outlook.

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The largest number of home-made signs place the blame on corporations and the wealthy people who own them. 

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Slogans chalked on the sidewalks tend to express libertarian principles.

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Some signs call for radical change.

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And some are just reminders of proper behavior during a mass demonstration.

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And then there’s the hand signs, to help keep orderly process moving forward during General Assemblies.

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All in all, the signs of the times are signs of change.

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