In "The Occupy Melbourne Movement: The writer's blog," Stuchbery acknowledges that there are some flaws within the protest, but this doesn’t weaken his argument. Why does he include...

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Stuchbery makes the argument that it is not the directed end of the protest, but its spirit that is the most compelling.  He readily admits this as well as his own frustrations at some of the arguments being posited. He acknowledges his own anger at those who posit conspiracy in the attacks of September 11 ("9/11 was an inside job!") and has much in way of contempt towards those who wish to "Free Palestine."  Yet, this is not what resonates with him.  Consider his idea that there is a rawness of energy sparking or galvanizing the protesters into action.  In his mind, this is what is so compelling about the protest in the idea of people believing in a goal and in a cause that they are willing to share with anyone about it.  In a setting where there is cynicism and a sense of despondency about one's world and their place within it, Stuchbery makes the argument that the energy and passion he saw at the Occupying Melbourne protests negates this.  He readily admits that there was not much in way of focus.  Yet, in his mind, this is precisely what makes the movement so intriguing:

In all, I felt that there was a great deal of good in what I saw today. I saw a lot of intensely passionate people, taking the advantage to highlight a variety of courses revolving around a central idea – that too few of the people have too much of our wealth and resources. I watched some teenagers have a complex, intelligent debate over taxation. I watched people share food and resources. I saw people make friends. It really did feel, at times like a politically-charged festival of ideas.

In the end, it is this vitality, this sense of social passion, and the idea that there is a fundamental problem in our world and nothing bad can come out of simply talking about it in its varied forms that proves to be compelling to Stuchbery and the reason why he includes them in his analysis.  While he admits the flaws present, it only adds to the idea that there is a certain passion and spirit of debate and discourse that resonates with him, seeming to bolster the protest even though flaws exist in it.


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