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Occupy Wall Street protest movement

Updated on February 27, 2013
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With a keen interest in British politics this writer is never afraid to share her opinion

Around the time I swanned off for my two week vacation a group of people in the USA were coming together in order to protest. Two weeks later when I returned from vacation I read an article on the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. As a person who shuns any news reports at all on vacation it was certainly news to me. It seems that whilst I was sunning myself on the Balearic Island of Menorca a group of people in New York were starting to protest about corporate greed.

21st Century Protest

In the next week or so I was to see and hear a little more of the protests. For some it was a "right on" thing to do but for others it "smacked at reds under the bed". As a Brit this last one always escapes me.

The protest movement appears to be loosely organised and has a mixture of protests on its agenda. Corporate greed is high on its hit list though and many ordinary people might agree with that sentiment.

Of course some ordinary folk have savings tied up as pension investments and the like, in corporate greed, so to speak. These people fear such protest movements as they could wreck the stability of financial institutions. Why they are so afraid I am not sure. After all so many financial institutions or almost at rock bottom already.

Those who deride the protesters as simply being greedy have nots who want to snatch the wealth of those who worked hard for it, have it all wrong as far as I can make out.

Most of those who may fear such groups will be those who have not had to struggle to make ends meet. One way or another they will have hand outs. It may not have been via the welfare system but by way of inherited wealth, fiddled taxes and the like.

I would like to believe that the protesters are in the true vein of bygone protesters, when people hoped for a better future. I would like to think that such a future could be possible for future generations.

Moving away from the tried, tested and failed financial establishments of the past could be a good place to start.

There is so much wrong with the world right now you have to wonder what people of my age group, the baby boomers, have done to give successive generations a fair crack of the whip. Not much it seems

Greed is the keyword for many. Greed in lots of different ways. Some are even greedy with their feelings or philanthropy.

Political parties are jumping on the bandwagon. Conservative right wing America is appalled at the protesters, belittling them in one breath and in the other scaremongering. Liberal left wing America has decided on the whole to support the protesters and feel their pain whilst at the same time whittling away at its citizens wealth and freedoms.

The Occupy Wall Street protest movement has now spread to other areas of the US and as far afield as Hong Kong. Perhaps its spread has been spurred on by the wetsern world's response to the "arab spring2 which demanded change in the Middle East.

As yet Occupy Wall Street remains a peaceful protest. If of course it was to become violent, especially in the way of the recent UK riots, then one could understand American's fears.

It may be hard to assess this movement right now but perhaps that is because it is in its infancy. Many will hope that it dies a young death.

This protest movement could provide fuel for the Republicans in the US who are spouting about its lack of purpose and dodgy ideals. Then again it could be something which will give people hope that a voice of dissent can be heard and instigate changes.

It is easy to dismiss all those involved as no hopers or those who have never worked. Plenty of people have done this. However it would be better to get your facts straight before doing so.

For now this writer will continue to believe and hope that the protest movement is in the spirit of similar groups of the past. That it does want positive change and is not simply seeking to disrupt. This writer though could be totally wrong and they could simply be a destructive organisation. As yet there has been nothing to substantiate such claims though. Of course only time will tell.

As a child of the sixties I, for now at least, will choose to view them as a welcome kick against the establishment and the fat cats. So for now, right on sister, or brother, seems apt.


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    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Paul I know they are not perfect but who is. I hope that ultimately some good comes off this. Yes it is spreading and I for one wish them good luck

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      Paul Westphal 

      6 years ago from Starke,FL

      It is spreading and thank you for understanding the protest for what it is.

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      7 years ago

      If nothing else, this movement has brought to the forefront the matter of injustice within our political and economic system. Politicians are finally paying attention to those of us that have been impacted by their policies that favor corporate supremacy Wall Street profiteers. To dismiss the protesters as "lazy", is just not an accurate presumption. Many are hard working people that simply want the corporate and Wall Street predators to be held accountable for their devastating economic decisions.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Agreed HH. It is esier for some to simply dismiss them rather than look at why there is so much unrest

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      Hello, hello, 

      7 years ago from London, UK

      I am all for it and it is high time that peope revolt. By right we all should be there. Although the press is trying to or being ordered to ignore it, it spread now to London and over 900 other cities. These protesters are always labelled as lazy lay abouts. If that was so they wouldn't take all that hardship and hardship is and will be with the weather deterioting. I don't dispute that some of them are like that but the majority has full concern and do something about it. Not like armchair protesters moaning and complaining but sitting at home with all the comfort.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks for your input SanXuary. It is difficult in so many countries right now. I hope the people find a common ground in some form of change for the better

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      7 years ago

      I wish we were spending more time drawing up bills, getting signatures and petitioning our government to represent the people and not the revolving door of corporations and government that support their bottom line. They only send us their bill.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Agreed Dolores. And writing off people who are less lucky is a recipe for disaster. I imaging that people in America who live many limes from the OWTPM are relying on media broadcasts to form an opinion also. It so reminds me off the sixties generation who hoped for change. Will it work? Not sure but has to be better than simply tugging your forelock to your "betters" The fat cats must be worrid

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      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Voted up. I love these people. It's about time. Right wing pundits love to say that you can still do well here in the US if you are smart and work hard. Well not everybody is real smart. What about people of average intelligence, don't they have a right to be fairly paid and live a decent life? Do the only people who have a right to a job, decent shelter, and health care have to be smart? And smart isn't enough either. We are in a real mess it gives me some small hope that these brave young people are out there finally making some noise.

    • ethel smith profile imageAUTHOR

      Ethel Smith 

      7 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Samson does that mean you Yanks could not pass comment on our recent UK riots? I don't seem to think it stopped you or inciting the Arab Spring. I am not sure how I feel about the OWSM but know that too many people would just like them to go away. Generalising that they are all just filthy and lazy is too easy by far. Still we are all entitled to our opinion and that includes this Brit. If they make people sit up and take notive of what a sorry state the world is in right now it has to be a good thing.

      Thanks for stopping by folks either way :) It is all about perception and opinion

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      7 years ago

      The true awakening has begun!

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      7 years ago from Tennessee

      voted down! I'm afraid you missed the mark on this one. Being from Britain I only see you as an observer in our plight. What good can possibly come from disarray and filth. These people should be demanding jobs of the government that started this whole mess, but rather 'get off' by asking for others to support their lazy lack of effort...


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