Professional Mediator and Author of Elusive Peace Called Upon to Explain Dynamics of Occupy Wall Street Movement

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Journalists and Radio Hosts are calling Douglas E. Noll, author of Elusive Peace to explain the dynamics of civil unrest as it relates to the Occupy Wall Street Movement. Professional mediator Noll analyzes the historic relevance and dynamics of distributive justice as outlined in the book Elusive Peace.

Douglas E. Noll Professional Mediator

The Occupy Movement is an amalgamation of many strands of anger, injustice, and disempowerment. Protests occur when people are not heard through normal political channels.

Douglas E. Noll, professional mediator, the 2012 President of the California Dispute Resolution Council, and author of Elusive Peace: How Modern Diplomatic Strategies Could Better Resolve World Conflicts (Prometheus 2011), responding to multiple media requests for analyzing the Occupy Wall Street Movement, offers points for media commentators to describe this grassroots protest movement.

“I am teaching journalists and radio hosts that The Occupy Movement is an amalgamation of many strands of anger, injustice, and disempowerment. Protests occur when people are not heard through normal political channels. To break it down historically, the financial industry benefited from the diminished regulation and oversight in the 1990’s and early 21st century, leading to an unsustainable housing bubble, over-leveraging and imprudent lending, and wildly speculative investing. After the federal government bailout, the financial industry quickly returned to enormous profitability while the rest of the economy suffered. Huge military spending, government debt, and partisan political stalemates ensued adding to significant citizen distress now demonstrated through civil unrest and protesting,” said Doug Noll, who adds that 84 percent of the American Population say that the government should pursue policies to address the wealth gap (

“When journalists and radio commentators contact me to help explain the dynamics behind the growing civil unrest I remind them that America has suffered from an economic depression that has wiped out home equities for the middle class, destroyed millions of jobs, and decimated retirement accounts. There has been no bail out of these losses. Instead, there have been foreclosures, job losses, and economic ruin for many. At the same time, the very wealthy have become wealthier. I explain in my book Elusive Peace that this dynamic is called distributive justice. When large groups of people feel that the distribution of goods and services is unequally distributed, civil unrest will occur. We saw this across the Middle East in the Arab Spring, and now this same conflict is coming home to the United States,” Noll explains.

When asked to predict the solution and outcome for this movement in a recent mediation workshop, Noll listed several options.

“Some polls state that over 67 percent of Americans support the Occupy Movement, showing that the frustration of the average American runs deep. The Movement’s legacy, should it persist through the winter of 2011-2012 will develop in the 2012 presidential and congressional elections. If enough people are angry, Congress will be remade. Whether the new members will be able to respond will remain an open question. In the meantime, the Occupy Movement will help identify the American definition of effective, good governance and American tolerance for partisan ideology. Time will tell how much the movement will drive policy, and create government and political changes,” Noll explained.

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