"While the article is fair to the difference between the Reform vs. Revolution rift within Occupy, it falls apart after discussing that difference. it was fairly void of any facts. It's just the opinion of one person stating platitudes and making unsupported claims. A real informative article discusses the pros and cons through a discussion of actual facts and their evidence, not conjecture. In other words, I found this article fairly banal and typical of those who can't see past their own political ideology. In this case, communist. I have nothing against communists, as long as they aren't trying to change a system that does work. Communism isn't true socialism, because it removes the choice from the people. This has been proven time and again.
The only thing wrong with the current system is the same thing that's wrong with every system: the human condition. If it weren't for the human condition, every political system would work just fine. Every political system is fixable. The question isn't whether it's fixable. The question is whether its better than other systems being offered. But when you provide drastic change to any system, all you get is regime change after regime change, because the human condition demands that dictators are going to step out of the woodwork to take control, and only after all the dictators have been exhausted after decades of civil war will you finally settle upon a "President" who has finally decided to be fair. Then it's still a toss-up as you end up with would-be dictators who would depose them.
The fact is, democracy works better than any other system. Regulation is what is needed. The Glass-Steagall Act worked up into they started edging in things that directly conflicted with the act and then eventually repealed it. There's only so much back and forth that occurs before people finally settle upon the right way of doing things, but they do eventually settle on it in a democracy.
Now, if you focused your violent revolution upon the corporations, making it costly for them in both money and the lives of the richest 1% who support the status quo, then fine, I'm not going to oppose you. But if you want to attack the government, then when they hunt you down to the last man, I won't be there to help you. I'm going to put a shotgun in your face and give you just enough time to say your prayers.
The fact is, the revolutionary faction is both populist and small and will be put down the second it tries to overthrow government, because it doesn't and will never have enough support. IT will not last. But the reform movement will last for as long as these reforms are needed down to the last issue.
Just don't go shooting people just because they're rich. There are people in the 1% who not only sympathize with the movement, but are supportive of it and are willing to accept higher taxes and more legislation on their businesses and private expenditures. If you start killing people just because they're rich, you'll be making enemies instead of gaining support.
For those of you who think a change in both government and economic system can be had without war, name one instance where this has happened. Don't be mislead. The revolutionaries want war, not peace, not a better way. They want to be in a position of power and this is their power grab."