UPDATE 4:00pm: I have received a comment from Al Giordano:
"I don't know who wrote your quoted citation in the beige box, but it certainly was *not* Al Giordano, who happens to disagree with much of what is said there. Please correct this errant claim. - Al Giordano"It seems Al Giordano does not agree with the quote in the box. He doesn't say what he takes exception to, so we don't know. However, I also don't know what the "errant claim" is. My mention of Mr. Giordano was simply to introduce the term "participatory democracy," which is something I first encountered at Narco News. My aim is always to credit terms, photos, quotes, etc., and not to claim them as my own creation, although I probably could have used the term "participatory democracy" without any credit. If I have misinterpreted the sense of the term, or if Mr. Giordano was not the one to use that term, then that is entirely my mistake. Other than that, I don't know what the objection is. As always, the information in the "beige box" in my post is cited by the link within the box at the end of the quote. In this case, the quoted material is from an al Jazeera article, and the author can be determined quite easily by clicking the link.
Al Giordano, Narco News founder and investigative reporter uses the term “participatory democracy” to differentiate the way Latin Americans approach democratic governance and the way it is practiced here in the United States by “representatives.” It seems that with the Occupy Wall Street movement, participatory democracy has come to the US.
Contrary to corporate media attempts to dismiss these people as a disorganized rabble, they are very organized and much more functional than the government and corporate elite they are protesting.
I've been expecting them to be infiltrated by agents provocateurs and squashed by tanks. It now seems more likely that there will have to be some pretense at meeting their demands, a long drawn-out negotiation period that never quite addresses, much less redresses, the conditions being protested.
....but hey, do what you want....you will anyway.