Posted 4 years ago on Oct. 5, 2011, 4:24 p.m. EST by anonymouse
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I'm a little dismayed by the news of various union types joining the OWS movement. As many others have touched on, I would be wary of such groups hijacking the movement and devolving OWS into a generic "Leftist Tea Party". The left would very much love to have their own Tea Party, but surely OWS aspires to be something greater than an amalgamation of conspiracy-fueled fringe idiocy. Aren't we supposed to be an all-inclusive movement, drawing in even moderates and conservatives?
So, to prevent opportunistic leftist groups from pillaging OWS, we should focus our grievances under a coherent theme. "The 99%" vs the "1%" is an appealing banner, but for a basis of reform it's too generic and too broad, and simply scapegoats a group of people for what's really a systemic and collective failure of American culture. Yes, there's excessive greed at the top 1%, but it's also the lesser greed/ignorance of the rest of us that enables them, along with a skewed system that perpetuates and amplifies unfairness.
That's what this movement is about right? A rally against unfairness?
HERE IS WHAT WE WANT:
We want fairness in the marketplace and fairness in our politics.
HERE IS WHAT WE SHOULD DO:
Focus our demands under the banner of restoring fairness in the private sector and trust in our political institutions. In other words, we should focus on tax code reform and ethics reform and, perhaps peripherally, our foreign trade policies & immigration reform.
(the rest of my post, as it was too long for this forum system, is reproduced here: http://seanny.net/ows.html )
Let me know if I'm understanding the OWS movement correctly. I'm planning on checking out a Chicago rally this Friday.