“What is Occupy Wall Street?”
A question everyone loves to answer… It’s a leaderless horizontal movement meant to represent the 99%. The main principles revolve around true democracy and the exposing of an unfair and harmful concentration of power among the richest 1% of the world. You are not the 1%. It’s likely you don’t know anyone in the 1%.
But, let’s ask another question.
“Where are we now?”
Pizza is a vegetable, a corporation is a person, there were only five lawmakers to co-sponsor a bill to ban insider trading within Congress, and we have entire industries subsisting on illegal labor. These actions are neither conservative nor liberal; they sound like they’re straight out of a comic book. They are the result of corporatist initiatives from both the GOP and Democratic Party, whose affiliation is not supposed to supersede their title as public servants and, more importantly, as our representatives.
One of the bigger travesties has been the inaction surrounding the 2008 financial crisis. Those responsible are paying settlements but resist further investigation despite authorities having the smoking gun, and their “corporate persons” still get away with paying less taxes than you and me. Does that sound like a stereotypical liberal anti-big-business stance? Does that sound like a stereotypical conservative tough-on-crime stance? Let’s not fool ourselves. It’s an everyone stance.
That might very well be why Wall Street is currently occupied by groups with no soundbites or demands. The citizens have all been hurt, and they know exactly why. You don’t need a spokesperson to tell you when you’re hungry. Occupy Wall Street doesn’t need a spokesperson to tell us corporations have outweighed the voice of voters.
Don’t let big media pundits paint it their way. This is everyone’s fight. We are the 99%.
The Daily Occupation investigates and reports the current atmosphere and happenings from Occupy Wall Street movements around the globe. Our goal is to show that the Occupy mindset is not a left or right one. We’re here as an educational resource and to trumpet the voice of the voters against corporate-backed narratives and politics.
- Associated Press
- “Occupy Memphis, Tea Party members meet”