tr3x wrote:Yes.However, the political ideology behind it seems to be eroding day by day.
It's freedom of speech, yo. Let them assemble and protest. But, unless they organize and figure out how to implement what they want, they aren't going anywhere fast.
The Official Declaration of the Occupation of Wall Street read by Keith Olbermann 10-05 2011As we gather together in solidarity to express a feeling of mass injustice, we must not lose sight of what brought us together. We write so that all people who feel wronged by the corporate forces of the world can know that we are your allies.As one people, united, we acknowledge the reality: that the future of the human race requires the cooperation of its members; that our system must protect our rights, and upon corruption of that system, it is up to the individuals to protect their own rights, and those of their neighbors; that a democratic government derives its just power from the people, but corporations do not seek consent to extract wealth from the people and the Earth; and that no true democracy is attainable when the process is determined by economic power.We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice, and oppression over equality, run our governments.We have peaceably assembled here, as is our right, to let these facts be known.They have taken our houses through an illegal foreclosure process, despite not having the original mortgage.They have taken bailouts from taxpayers with impunity, and continue to give Executives exorbitant bonuses.They have perpetuated inequality and discrimination in the workplace based on age, the color of one's skin, sex, gender identity and sexual orientation.They have poisoned the food supply through negligence, and undermined the farming system through monopolization.They have profited off of the torture, confinement, and cruel treatment of countless animals, and actively hide these practices.They have continuously sought to strip employees of the right to negotiate for better pay and safer working conditions.They have held students hostage with tens of thousands of dollars of debt on education, which is itself a human right.They have consistently outsourced labor and used that outsourcing as leverage to cut workers' healthcare and pay.They have influenced the courts to achieve the same rights as people, with none of the culpability or responsibility.They have spent millions of dollars on legal teams that look for ways to get them out of contracts in regards to health insurance.They have sold our privacy as a commodity.They have used the military and police force to prevent freedom of the press.They have deliberately declined to recall faulty products endangering lives in pursuit of profit.They determine economic policy, despite the catastrophic failures their policies have produced and continue to produce.They have donated large sums of money to politicians, who are responsible for regulating them.They continue to block alternate forms of energy to keep us dependent on oil.They continue to block generic forms of medicine that could save people's lives or provide relief in order to protect investments that have already turned a substantial profit.They have purposely covered up oil spills, accidents, faulty bookkeeping, and inactive ingredients in pursuit of profit.They purposefully keep people misinformed and fearful through their control of the media.They have accepted private contracts to murder prisoners even when presented with serious doubts about their guilt.They have perpetuated colonialism at home and abroad.They have participated in the torture and murder of innocent civilians overseas.They continue to create weapons of mass destruction in order to receive government contracts. *To the people of the world,We, the New York City General Assembly occupying Wall Street in Liberty Square, urge you to assert your power.Exercise your right to peaceably assemble; occupy public space; create a process to address the problems we face, and generate solutions accessible to everyone.To all communities that take action and form groups in the spirit of direct democracy, we offer support, documentation, and all of the resources at our disposal.Join us and make your voices heard!
Kamas wrote:I think OWS is ridiculous. There's never been anything wrong about people earning money. Dancing around protesting against those who win money because you don't is silly. Considering that the 1% percent these protestors are whining about paid 38% of the federal income taxes, it seems ridiculous to demand them to pay more.The said 99% is coming from middle class citizens, not really the 99%. I find is funny to turn on the news to have young adults in their manufactured and hipster distressed jeans protesting against something they barely understand as they have not really done the amount of work the said 1% has put into getting to where they are. Even funnier when those in my area begin protesting the human rights violation that is the eviction of the OWS settlement on Wall Street.If the suppressed middle class continues to have issues, they have too much free time and they may as well get to work. With so little organization they can't even begin to bother a system of work that's been stitched into the Western world and so throwing tantrums over whatever human rights violations that comes with temporary eviction to deal with sanitary conditions, I can't begin to take this movement seriously. If they want something effective, they better stop referencing themselves to some modern French Revolution and actually organize something past the uncleanly campouts.
Inkwell wrote:This is just the tip of the iceberg. Turn off your television and start thinking critically.
Really? They don't want anything? They just want to disagree? They just want to raise awareness? Yeah. Right. Even if they only wanted to have things change, they still want something. And, unless they figure out how to get what they want, they, as a group of people, are going to be ineffective.And, if their target seems to be what I think it is, then nothing significant is going to happen. They are targeting institutions, as if that will do anything. It won't. What is at problem here is that lovely sin known as greed. People have been at war with greed for eons. Things might change temporarily or get slightly, but in the end, it'll all be the same. Especially if they insist that it's the institution at fault, not basic human character.
While I respect the core ideology - ending crony capitalism, pulling corporations out of Congress and the government, ensuring more equitable taxation - it seems more and more as if the protesters are merely petulant children. Sure they have established a manifesto, and sure they've marched out with their spiffy slogans and signs, but do they expect things to change merely because they are screaming for it to happen? They've told us all about the governments wrongdoings - but not what they would do to fix things. If you want to get anything done, you've got to do it yourself. Simply yelling out "Things are bad, so fix it" isn't enough.On top of that squatting in public space does nothing to improve their image in the eyes of the middle class.
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