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17 Nov, 2011 18:32

‘OWS lost opportunity to capture presidency 2012’

Despite unprecedented numbers of ‘Occupy’ protesters hitting the streets of the US, it’s unlikely that their voices will be heard, according to political analyst and ex-intelligence officer Robert David Steele.

Steele told RT that the main spoke in the OWS wheel is a lack of organization that does not allow the movement to push forward a singular demand – electoral reform.“The Occupy movement is dead for the winter,” the analyst said. “It may come back in the spring, but strategically they have lost the opportunity to capture the presidency in 2012.”“It’s the same problem that affected the 1960s group,” Steele said. “The good-willed people mistake holding hands, looking deeply into each other’s eyes, and trying to satisfy everybody for political effectiveness.”Another problem for the movement is the lack of clear leadership, which severely restricts its opportunities for political action, according to AlterNet website senior editor Joshua Holland.“The participants of the Occupy movement hate the idea of leaders and followers, so they will tell you that this is a leaderless, what they call, horizontal movement. They’ll tell you that they are all leaders,” Holland told RT, adding “These are local occupations tied under one banner. Issues of concern in New York, in the main area of the protest, aren't necessarily front and center in Oakland or Boston.”