How Occupy Wall Street Compares to Other Protests

  • creature

    Posts: 5197

    Oct 10, 2011 3:00 AM GMT
    There's a lot of discussion about the core message of Occupy Wall Street and whether anything significant will come of it. I think this article sums it up quite well:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/09/occupy-wall-street_n_1002505.html

    Many of the points raised in the article have already been mentioned by several posters here.

    First of all, the movement is only 4 weeks old. That's too soon to dismiss, but also too early to tell what will come of it.

    In comparing it to other movements, Occupy Wall Street has the potential to make a serious political mark, or it can fade into obscurity. One of the movements mentioned was the protest against corporate globalization where demonstrators shut down a meeting at the World Trade Organization. However, nothing fruitful came out of that protest.

    Naomi Klein, a noted activist who spoke at a rally, had this to say:

    "It is a fact of the information age that too many movements spring up like beautiful flowers but quickly die off. It's because they don't have roots. And they don't have long-term plans for how they are going to sustain themselves. So when storms come, they get washed away."

    So here's to hoping this movement takes root.
  • dancedancekj

    Posts: 1761

    Oct 10, 2011 3:26 AM GMT
    I found this article interesting. http://rortybomb.wordpress.com/2011/10/09/parsing-the-data-and-ideology-of-the-we-are-99-tumblr/

    I think the OWS has the potential to pick up a lot of momentum if it sticks together and keeps focus (something the left is notoriously bad at doing). The author mentioned that it appears the common goals being requested is this:

    -There’s no universal health care to handle the randomness of poor health. -There’s no free higher education to allow people to develop their skills outside the logic and relations of indentured servitude.
    -Our bankruptcy code has been rewritten by the top 1% when instead, it needs to be a defense against their need to shove inequality-driven debt at populations.
    -And finally, there’s no basic income guaranteed to each citizen to keep poverty and poor circumstances at bay.
  • creature

    Posts: 5197

    Oct 10, 2011 3:39 AM GMT
    Well GOP candidate Buddy Roemer has announced he'll be attending.

    @ buddyroemer : I am concerned and outraged, as are many, at Wall Street greed. I will be joining Occupy Wall Street NYC Tuesday to see it firsthand. #ows


    Southbeach,

    Do you really not see any need for reform? I know for the most part you advocate a hands-off approach, but do you support any kind of reform on banking practices that could be put in place?