The enigma of Occupy Wall Street

8 thoughts on “The enigma of Occupy Wall Street”

  1. I agree with your assessment, Pied. Many of the disgruntled are spoiled products of several generations of children raised in a permissive culture, and it’s hard to feel sorry for them. On the other hand, among them are the long-term unemployed who, through no fault of their own, are stuck in an economic nightmare and the unemployment clock is ticking down on them, even as state and city budgets run out of money. I heard on the evening news tonight that the capital of Pennsylvania had declared bankruptcy.

    I ran a post today ( A Matter of Viewpoint ) about the issue – there is much to ponder. I’m thinking this is just the tip of the iceberg. Just wait until unemployment benefits stop and the full withholding taxes are restored and the economy goes down several more notches at the same time. All that starts January 1, 2012. “Fasten your seat belt”, as Bette Davis said (almost) in a movie. “It’s going to be a bumpy ride.”

    1. Indeed. A lot of these folks have nothing left to lose, and things could get ugly. A lot of opportunists are jumping on the bandwagon — unions, movie stars, the media, Anonymous, foreign speakers, etc. I don’t know where it’s all going, but I find a lot of the undercurrents disturbing

  2. If only we were citizens of a small, middle Eastern country with no air force or navy and no substantial military defense… just maybe a world super-power would come to the aid of the American Spring protesters because the all-knowing leaders of the super-power would be sympathetically and humanely enraged that our president began murdering his own citizens… like that guy Qaddafi. It wouldn’t really be war if all it did was use drones to bomb DC, would it? And it would solve everything.

    1. Ah, dream on. Unfortunately, we are the superpower, which is why I see no relationship at all between OWS and the Arab Spring, even though they keep trying to make that comparison. I just don’t see it.

  3. My demands as an enthusiastic supporter of Occupy Wall Street:

    1. Divest corporations of their power over the electoral process.

    2. Promote and implement campaign finance reform so that politicians cannot be bought and paid for by special interests.

    3. Stop shipping American jobs overseas.

    4. Punish the white collar criminals who stole from the public and took taxpayer money for their bailouts. And the punishment should not be fines, but jail time, although they should be forced to pay out of their own pockets, as well.

    5. Reinstate Glass-Steagall.

    1. Thanks for a concise list. I support all those things too (although I think #3 is a function of the economy in general and not something that can be legislated). But how does sitting/marching in the streets bring any of those things about? The lawmakers who must pass the laws to make these things happen are among among the bought and paid for (see #2). It is not in their personal or political best interests to make the changes OWS demands.

      And while we’re chatting, do you have any idea why the movement prefers to remain leaderless? Wouldn’t it be better if they had one or more leaders/spokespersons who could speak well and consistently to the public, the media, and Washington about their demands and how they expect to achieve them?

      What leverage do the crowds think they have for forcing Washington to act? If I were a politician in Washington, I’d be sitting in my warm, cozy office all winter, completely ignoring the OWS people freezing their tushies off out there on the street.

      Seems to me all the anger and frustration OWS is venting should be directed into something more constructive than demonstrations, like preparing for the next election, finding alternative candidates, or maybe even starting a third party. Unless, of course … unless the demonstrations are a crafty way to divert attention away from such activities … hmmm

... and that's my two cents