Commentary For weeks I have followed this “Occupy Wall Street Movement” and I am in AWE of how much support it has gotten globally. Protests are done all over the world. What stuns me the most about the massive support for #OWS that I don’t see a clear target, a clear goal nor a clear plan to
“restore democracy in America“.
(Words are taken from http://occupywallst.org/about/)
Granted it would be a lot of fun camping out with a lot of people in the city park while eating free food I still don’t see the purpose besides the fun of doing so. I have been on the Occupy Wall Streets support websites at least 15 times and I just couldn’t find what they stand for besides big words and big expressions until now.
To illustrate what I mean I post this explanation which is also listed on the above mentioned website.
“#OWS is fighting back against the corrosive power of major banks and multinational corporations over the democratic process, and the role of Wall Street in creating an economic collapse that has caused the greatest recession in generations. The movement is inspired by popular uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia, and aims to expose how the richest 1% of people are writing the rules of an unfair global economy that is foreclosing on our future.”
So let me get this straight by occupying the city park people are taking a stand against “major banks” and “multinational corporations” which caused this recession. How so? Those banks and corporations are not being called out. Nobody will feel responsible nor pushed to change anything. This explanation is so far stretched that I have a hard time understanding when this process of “Restoring democracy in America” is achieved according to them. What is the clear demand?
But wait! This movement is also created to expose the 1 % of rich people who write the rules of “an unfair global economy” according to their statement. OK let’s EXPOSE them. Who are those people? Call them out! Call a few of them out! Please! Help me out here! Are all rich people responsible? What are we going to do after that 1 % of all people are exposed?
This movement is inspired by the people of Egypt and Tunisia. I like being inspired. The people of Egypt were rising up against an unfair regime and removed a dictator aka President Mubarak from power. Both people groups in Egypt and Tunisia had a clear target and a clear goal. “Rich people and Cooperation” doesn’t even come close to their target.
This is another statement from the website.
“Our nation, our species and our world are in crisis. The US has an important role to play in the solution, but we can no longer afford to let corporate greed and corrupt politics set the policies of our nation.”
Let me get this straight! Camping out on Wall Street will stop corporate greed and corrupt politics? I have a hard time understanding how occupying any city park would accomplish this. If you don’t like certain cooperation don’t do business with them. Don’t be employed by them, don’t buy from them, don’t sell to them and if you are savvy enough establish an alternative to the greedy cooperation so people will find you instead of them and work for a better cause. But “occupying Wall Street” and swinging a few big words won’t bring any change. If the politics are corrupted support a candidate which can bring change, run yourself, write your congressman, attend political meetings in your city and hometowns, sign and create petition, find like minded people, write articles, expose corruption, vote in general elections and create a plan to change things instead of hanging out in the park and hoping someone else will do that for you.
Finally I found one clear goal in a link to a Press Release from the group Adbusters created on 13 July 2011. #OccupyWallStreet calls to assembly on 17 of September and
“demands that Barack Obama ordain a Presidential Commission tasked with ending the influence money has over our representatives in Washington.”
This was the originally CLEAR goal of #OWS. Now it is buried between individual believes and ideas of what Occupy Wall Street is all about. The unclear coverage of the media and bloggers, and copy movements all over the world isn’t really helping. It seems to me that this Occupy Wall Street Movement got a little bit too murky for me to get involved in.