A Common Thread


Strip off the political sheath surrounding Occupy Wall Street, the Tea Party Patriots, and the uprising in the east categorized as the Arab Spring. Remove all semblances of what is deemed just or ill conceived. Forget racial makeup, locale, or age demographics. Dismiss all national media bias.

Now, that’s perspective; you see them just as people under different flags fighting for the same cause: overcoming oppression.



First, core assertions from these movements will be examined and compared for any philosophical overlap:

Occupy Wall Street – www.occupywallstreet.org

            “Occupy Wall Street is leaderless resistance movement with people of many colors, genders and political persuasions. The one thing we all have in common is that We Are The 99% that will no longer tolerate the greed and corruption of the 1%. We are using the revolutionary Arab Spring tactic to achieve our ends and encourage the use of nonviolence to maximize the safety of all participants.

This OWS movement empowers real people to create real change from the bottom up. We want to see a general assembly in every backyard, on every street corner because we don’t need Wall Street and we don’t need politicians to build a better society.”

List of core assertions extracted from Occupy Wall Street mission statement:

  •        Leaderless
  •        Minority against majority control
  •        Against greed and corruption
  •        Aligned with tactics deployed during Arab Spring (civil resistance)
  •        Nonviolent
  •        Grassroots
  •        Anti Wall Street and anti politicians


Tea Party Patriots – www.teapartypatriots.ning.com

“A community committed to standing together, shoulder to shoulder, to protect our country and the Constitution upon which we were founded!”

List of core assertions extracted from Tea Party mission statement:

  •        Leaderless
  •        Community driven
  •        Grassroots
  •        Civil resistance (shoulder to shoulder)
  •        Protect country
  •        Protect Constitution
  •        Reinvigorate deeper understanding of countries founding principles


Arab Spring – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arab_Spring

“The protests have shared techniques of civil resistance in sustained campaigns involving strikes, demonstrations, marches and rallies, as well as the use of social media to organize, communicate, and raise awareness in the face of state attempts at repression and Internet censorship.”

List of core assertions extracted from Arab Spring mission statement:

  •        Leaderless
  •        Grassroots
  •        Civil resistance
  •        Campaign driven
  •        Anti repression
  •        Anti censorship



The shared assertions among all three mission statements are: 1) Grassroots, 2)Civil Resistance, and 3) Leaderless.

Notice all three movements involve large groups of individuals that are autonomous, of grassroots derivation, and believe in civil resistance. All of these movements are simply different ways of communicating the same message:

>>> tyranny delivered at the hand of oppressive forces must end <<<

OWS believes Wall Street traders and politicians on both sides of the aisle are forces of tyranny. TPP goes one step further with the ideology that politicians not upholding The Constitution and Bill of Rights are forces of tyranny. AS overtly purports that sequitur politicians and oppressive military forces are the faces of tyranny.

Notice the shared belief between all three movements – politicians create and manage their own self-contrived disasters.



When reading/watching the news or talking among friends/family and the topic of Occupy Wall Street, the Arab Spring, and/or the Tea Party Patriots enters the conversation, simply filter out all the ridiculous bait rhetoric and remember these groups are saying the same thing utilizing different banners: tyranny delivered at the hands of government is unacceptable.

With this understanding, one is granted a strong injection of hope.



Share this post with your friends and family. Help them understand that people around the world are simply utilizing different signs to communicate the same message. The global conscience is taking shape.

Now, imagine your revised future.

7 Responses So Far... Leave a Reply:

  1. Eka says:

    I’m with you RC. Post NEP fear and loathing is so oipnnotemt in this province it’s frankly become a joke. Of course there were negative consequences to it, but what never gets mentioned any more is that when PC Finance Minister John Crosbie brought down his ill-fated budget in December 79. It was grabbing for a bigger federal slice of oil revenues too. It proposed to eliminate the export tax and replace it with an alternative tax on sales of crude oil to both American and Canadian refiners, plus an 18-cents-per-gallon ($6.30 per barrel) tax on gasoline and diesel fuel. None of that came to pass, as the Conservative government fell on the budget vote – but no one in the Alberta oil fields was too excited about it either.Also seemingly forgotten is the fact that while Lougheed’s first response to the NEP was to cut the province’s oil production by 15% and put a freeze on oil sands development (both of which of course hurt Alberta even more than the NEP was going to). But then, just 10 months after the enactment of the NEP, he signed a new agreement with Ottawa – a five year pricing and revenue sharing agreement signed in September 1981. The real problem with it was, it was based on the assumption that oil process would keep going up (sound familiar?), but of course they went well down. Alas, it would seem it is just easier these day to trash Trudeau and invoke dreaded NEP as a monolithic bogey man, than trifle with the actual facts and figures from those times…..oh and don’t worry, I am already ducking (although, I’m pretty late to the thread, so I don’t suppose anyone will see this anyway).

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  4. Timothy Bordine says:

    Wow, nice insight! I haven’t heard anyone else do this type of analysis. Impressive Matt!

    • Matt says:

      Thank you Timothy.
      It’s an idea I’ve been chewing on for some time and it finally came to me that there has to be a corallary between these three groups, besides the obvious. Keep coming back to the site. Fresh content daily! Thanks for stopping by.