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article imageUpdate: What’s happening with the Occupy Wall Street protests

By Nancy Houser     Oct 9, 2011 in Politics
New York - Now known as the “Occupy Together” movement, Occupy Wall Street is a 23-day political movement that has now spread to over 1,399 cities worldwide, protesting the inequality of corporate greed and financial institution mismanagement.
A burgeoning movement that was born on Wall Street, New York, a growing number of liberals and progressives are planning for a massive movement that will counter attack the conservative Tea Party, hoping to reshape American politics with a new political uprising. MSNBC reports that the success of the Occupy Together movement is because "it was born out of anger toward the financial community's success during a time of prolonged economic hardship."
The beginning of a grassroots campaign
With Wall Street protests spreading across the nation, MSNBC reports that hundreds of activists who are equally dissatisfied with the wealthy financial institutions of America have joined the Occupy Together movement, with plans to march under one flag of a grassroots campaign. The target? Political and corporate reform to meet the current needs of today's society.
One commenter on Washington Post says, “These folks want us to focus on an economic solution set that addresses the ever growing disparity in wealth and resource distribution in this country. Is there something wrong with that? They simply want a system that fairly and evenly distributes wealth and allows everyone to contribute. In case you haven’t notice---our current economic system is doing neither. Economies are human constructs, so why not design a new economic system that works for all citizens?” (Today 10/9/2011 10:22:46 AM CDT)
Obviously there is a huge gap between the middle class and the wealthy, not only on financial levels, but in an overall understanding between the demonstrators of Occupy Together and Wall Street. In the Washington Post article, it says “the large majority of Wall Streeters will walk by the protesters and shake their heads at the crowds’ misunderstanding of what they do.”
Diversity of social classes
Pyramid of Capitalist System  issued by Nedeljkovich  Brashich  and Kuharich in 1911. Published by T...
Pyramid of Capitalist System, issued by Nedeljkovich, Brashich, and Kuharich in 1911. Published by The International Pub. Co. , Cleveland OH
This diversity goes back in history among the classes, reputing the blame that class warfare is being caused by today's individuals and political parties. Plato remarked, “The penalty that good men pay for not being interested in politics is to be governed by men worse than themselves.”
Aware of the corruptness of Big Business, the 4th U.S. President James Madison once said, “money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling money and its issuance.” (Corporate and Political Excessive Concentration of Power)
An apathetic society
In other words, life has not changed because an apathetic society woke from a deep slumber, only to realize how they live is democratic in words alone. With the nation driven by so many different forces, the Nation has written,
"Occupy Wall Street has not only chosen a fixed target...but has committed to non-violence, something the corporate media does not enjoy. 'Meanwhile, support for this movement grows and grows. More wisdom.'
"The point is, today everyone can see that the system is deeply unjust and careening out of control. Unfettered greed has trashed the global economy. And it is trashing the natural world as a lot easier to connect with the public than it was in 1999, and to build the movement quickly."
“In 2007, New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wrote that he was "baffled" that people of my generation are so much less radical and politically engaged than we need to be…. Cameron Russell, author of "Your Generation of Hypocrisy Begat my Apathetic (!?) One," writes that our generation is baffled instead by the world we have inherited, what he calls a "world of hypocrisy and crisis; a world on the brink of collapse yet at the height of human civilization." (Huffington Post)
For years, large corporations have counted on society’s blind patriotism to distract from their devious plundering---unobtrusively picking the pockets of innocent citizens who are faithfully pledging allegiance to the flag of America.
In response to the overwhelming struggle and fundamental disconnection between the protesters on Wall Street and the bankers, last Friday on the social site Reddit, a self-identified multi-millionaire discusses who is to blame regarding the Occupy Wall Street situation,
“…do I think Wall Street is to blame? Yes and no. It's a lot like TV or fast food... they cater to what people want. Unfortunately, that's usually low quality, fast results. The thing too is that the banks aren't out to fuck you specifically, the tax payer... because really, they're out to fuck everything that is an easy target. Regulations are lax, enforcement has been stripped, so shady stuff happens. This is obviously a simplification of a genuinely complex issue, but the point is that this monster has been created slowly over the years under our watch.”
What is being done right at Occupy Together
According to the Nation's article, there are several things being done right by the protesters, in a society that cares little except for money, what people wear and how they dress, how they smell and if they have access to bathe, what they are doing with their time, allowing the media to determine what is right or wrong, and what the politically correct have to say on any subject and taking it as law.
- Moral courage.
- Having a moral compass.
- How caring they treat each other.
"Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable" ~ JFK
UPDATE: Raw Story announced that another GOP has been added to the list of anti-Occupy Wall Street members by saying, 'We can't allow more coverage of Occupy Wall Street,' forgetting that freedom to assemble and freedom of speech are citizen rights.
Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is upset at the growing movement and the media’s coverage of it, hoping that a modern day version of protests from five decades ago isn’t being recaptured now.
“It’s really important for us not to give any legitimacy to these people in the streets,” said King on Laura Ingraham’s radio show Friday evening. “I remember what happened in the 1960s when the left-wing took to the streets and somehow the media glorified them and it ended up shaping policy. We can’t allow that to happen.” (Raw Story)
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