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We The %99
Declare Our Economic Independence?
On July 4th, 2012, members of the "Occupy" movement gathered in Philadelphia, PA. These gatherings of like-minded people are great. I have memories of a gathering of student activists in Ithaca, NY in 1996. What I have not seen or heard though, is any real agenda being set.
This is something that, as the movement approaches it's one-year anniversary, may be a necessity. Without a focus, the movement may continue to be easily portrayed as a group of aimless young people.
One solution could be to take a page from our Founding Fathers. Though they were far from populists; they did realize that a statement of their grievances and their goals were in order.
The "%99" does have some doctrinal framework to work from, and this could be the basis for the list of grievances. Concerns about the human and environmental toll the "%1" has taken on the planet and its people could be addressed here as well.
The other component would be the actual declaration, the statement of what will be done to advance the goals of an America of, by and for the "%99". A commitment to inform people of the threat that the growth of corporate power poses, beyond the "circles" that the "%99" exist in. A commitment to try and work within the parallel economy that has grown up around the "%99".
It may be written by the Koch's, ALEC and other corporate interests, but the "Tea Party" does at least have a set of principles. Shouldn't the "Occupy" movement?