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The Commons: How to Occupy the 100 Percent

Illustration of admiral with owl and flower

Lord Admiral Horatio Byrd, following his true dream, became a florist after the great war; by Matte Stephens

Over Thanksgiving weekend in 2011, while visiting my wife’s family in Los Angeles, we purchased a bag of groceries to distribute to protestors and brought our tents and sleeping bags to sleep in the Occupy Los Angeles encampment on the lawn of City Hall. While there, we met some fascinating people, such as a joyful man from Africa who had once been tortured in his country, escaped as a refugee, and had become a pilot in the United States, achieving a measure of middle-class success. But then the recession cost him his job and eventually his home. He now cheerfully staffed the volunteer table, recognizing the importance of the land of opportunity retaining the economic mobility he came for.We talked with another fellow from El Salvador who had been conscripted into the army as a teen and been forced to kill, which had been a truly hellish time for him. After escaping to the United States, he built a successful home alarm business, making a six-figure income and employing a small team. The recession had cost him his business and his home but not his pride. He was one of the first in the Occupy LA encampme …

From Sacred America, Sacred World, by Stephen Dinan, published this month buy Hampton Roads Publishing,

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