|Occupy Vancouver - Cassandra photo/graphic|
In a fascinating interview with CBC Radio's Carol Off on As It Happens on November 1, Lasn talks at length about his views on the movement.
As someone who supports the principles behind Occupy Wall Street but is concerned that the protest is in danger of collapsing into a parody of itself, I found Lasn's comments very useful and worth considering.
Lasn also said he worries that: "I think that there are what I call these loony left elements to this movement. The political left has been bedeviled by this kind of a loony side of us. There is a danger that some of these occupations will turn into rat-infested places where people deal drugs and get drunk and so on.”
"But at the same time.... every movement has its fringe element but by and large this movement is driven by a savvy bunch of young people who know what they are doing and who have their eyes on the ball and have the power of the social media going for them and above all they have this feeling in the pit of their stomachs that they have to stand up and fight for a different kind of future - otherwise they're not going to have a future.”
"So I have a feeling that the loony left will be kept in check."
Lasn predicts a new third political party may arise in the United States.
“Basically, we will try to get the money out of our political systems and start creating a new model of democracy.”