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Occupy Wall Street protest movement
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.
- Democrats Offer Solidarity To Wall Street Protesters | Fox News
The Democratic Party moved a step closer to embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement as its own with the top campaign arm for House Democrats sending around a petition urging people to stand with the movement.
- Wall Street Occupiers Rely on Free Showers - Bloomberg
Josh Ehrenberg ventured to Brooklyn with two fellow anti-Wall Street protesters to claim the latest offer aimed at sustaining the occupation of Manhattan’s Zuccotti Park: a free shower.
- Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution
News and resources for protesters attending the mass demonstration on Wall Street against financial greed and corruption
- Occupy Wall Street protests and ‘The Decline of the West’ - The Washington Post
“Money is overthrown and abolished by blood.” Oswald Spengler wrote these words more than a century ago, and today they echo in the Occupy Wall Street protests.