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We The %99

Updated on July 6, 2012

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?


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    • BobbiRant profile image

      BobbiRant 5 years ago from New York

      I certainly wish protesters would study what happened in the 1960's when stiff Really got done. But I think people do know the 99% aim, they just like to pretend it does not exist. By ignoring NAFTA signing by most Americans, we Now pay the price for not joining in and supporting that cause, which does pertain to everyone's jobs now. Interesting hub.

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      TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      You sorta have the point, of course, I know you're basically accepting the "%1" line.

      This and my previous hub are basically me saying that "Occupy" needs to get back to what it's basic idea was. That the political (and social) power of Corps and their CEOs is a threat to Democracy.

    • tom hellert profile image

      tom hellert 5 years ago from home


      the movement may continue to be easily portrayed as a group of aimless young people."... well if the shoe fits wear it... the "Occupy Space movement" does not have an agenda because- there is no REAL MOVEMENT-other than the bowel movements they left on the quote the "libs" word I characterizethe occupy movement was 'astro-carpet' know the green plasc rug that wasnt even a good substitute for astro turf... because the "Occupy Movement is daed ...deader than the astro carpet it represents-

      but hey everyone can dream delusions are always common in dreams...


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      TeaPartyCrasher 5 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

      Maybe the efforts of folks like Brages07, Junko, Joask and I are getting through all the "%1" propaganda that's clogged your brain after all?

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      American Romance 5 years ago from America

      hahahahehehhehohohohohohhhahahahha, OH my! ...can't breath! good one! VOTED UP!