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Ellis Paul, Woody Guthrie and the Occupy Movement: Emergence and Chameleons Marching

November 14, 2011

However tired you may be of hearing about the Occupy movement, you have to be impressed with its scale and scope. What started as a camp-out in a small park near Wall Street has spread to cities around the world. It may seem stagnant now, but these marches and city encampments certainly placed “the 99 percent” issue irretrievably into the headlines.

The history of the protest movement seems to fit neatly into the concept of “emergence.” One individual – whether it be a person, a business or an ant – is pretty powerless and even witless. But when a few individuals start banding together or accidentally discovering the same things, new knowledge can be gained and big changes can occur. The whole is indeed sometimes smarter than the sum of its parts.

It’s never too early to introduce your kids to the power of collaborating with others. Ellis Paul’s song “Million Chameleon March” (from his album Dragonfly Races) is a good example of a nonpartisan political song that works for young people without being smarmy.

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by Beth Blenz-Clucas, Bunch Family

updated: 6 years ago