You remember the “Occupy Wall Street” (OWS) folks, don’t you? This was the movement, started in New York City to protest the economic system in the US where the rich seem to get richer and the poor get poorer. There were signs saying, “We are the 99%” in protest to the amount of wealth held by the top 1% of folks in the country and the system that perpetuates their increasing wealth. The movement started by, quite literally, “occupying Wall Street” and then spread around the US and even overseas where its effects were felt.
On the political and economic left the protesters were seen as workers for social justice, fighting the system, standing up for the rights of the little guy. On the right they were seen as social misfits, slackers who should get jobs, or, worse, communists. And while the OWS folks had some issues with keeping a unified message, the general complaint was against the financial and banking industries that led to the disenfranchisement of the lower classes while bailing out those at the top…most notably in the “Bank Bailout.”
I supported this…in a vague, non-committed, not-really-supporting sort of way…and was pleased to see that, in the wake of Hurricane Sandy the OWS folks, because of their experience in community organizing, were able to provide relief to some areas around New York City in ways the government and Red Cross were not. Good for them.
But what’s coming out of this movement right now is blowing my mind…religiously.