Oct 102011
 

Today I see a headline reading “Occupy Wall Street Reaches Ireland,” and I can’t be arsed to even click it.

There’s a fundamental problem with the Occupy Wall Street protests, and I’m certainly not the first to see it: a clear goal is missing. This movement has all the passion and persistence a good protest needs, without the end result to work towards. It’s all the fire of a fight without knowing where to land your fist.

It’s easy to understand the base trigger, as the public is just flat out unhappy with their position. We’ve been lied to, taken advantage of and generally kicked around for quite some time now and we just don’t know what to do about it. For so long we have sat by and watched with discomfort the wealthy and powerful receive amnesty and leniency from the law and from economic policies while we get both the short end of the stick and the long end of the whip.

The problem then becomes where to hit the beast where it hurts. How best to attack something so vicious and cunning without inevitably having to confront its claws.

I won’t be so hyperbolic as to assume there’s a conspiracy to fleece the public of the world, but I can’t deny a certain ominousness surrounding the apparent lack of improvement in people’s lives compared to that of the wealthy elite.

Simply put, though, threatening a punch without ever striking does little when you are the underdog. Some cohesive statement needs to be made for a reassessment of priorities. Without this, we can’t hope for anything more than a temporary fix or distraction and a swift return to the status quo. So what will it be? A band-aid for a vicious neck wound, a shiny bauble thrown far enough away to get us running, or a hard right hook to the jaw of the damned thing? I hope the public won’t knuckle under and take the easy route, but then again I’m not holding my breath.

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  2 Responses to “A Few Words On… Occupy Wall Street.”

  1. I spent last winter freezing my butt off on the streets of Cardiff in the UK, protesting for very similar reasons. We’d been lied to, betrayed by the people we’d voted into power, had our futures sold down the river… and what came of it? Nothing. We buckled, because we were scared of getting kettled, and because it was a harsh winter. There’s been riots and protests since, sure, but ultimately I think we’ve been beaten into submission.

    Realistically, I think the same will happen on Wall Street. Real change to the system that oppresses the majority means actually changing the world. I just don’t know if I believe that can happen now.

  2. I heard one reporter comparing this to the protest of the 60s. I don’t think Americans really have the balls those flower toting hippies had. We’ve gone soft. The optimist in me hopes goals are accomplished. Although, like you I won’t be holding my breath.

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