Posted 1 year ago on Dec. 10, 2012, noon EST by kilgoretrout
from Toronto, ON
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As an “outside observer”, I’ve been granted the privilege of watching the Occupy movement from the comfort of my living room. This perspective has led me to a few particular questions that I thought deserved to be voiced.
There I was, in my armchair, as disenchanted and disenfranchised people around the world began to voice their concerns with current institutions (economic, political, social, etc.) I was there when criticisms were levied and when the movement seemed to fizzle out; commentators lamented that the movement lacked clear and concise goals, lacked structure and leadership, lacked credibility…
In my armchair, I too had thoughts… ‘maybe they just need a smaller issue; maybe if they had something to crystalize the disparate whispers into one common voice; if there was a single point people could rally around, with defined problems, outcomes and a deadline for change, maybe more could be accomplished.’ Thinking of other movements that spurred social change, my mind fixated on specific instances that acted as a catalyst for people to rally behind. However, I discounted my analysis and lulled myself into thinking that the socio-economic issues will work themselves out… eventually.
One Year Later:
Watching the news these days, I’m overwhelmed and inundated with stories covering the impending Financial Cliff-pocalypse-mageddon-acaust (Thank You Mr. Stewart). This, of course, is nothing new, and reminded me of one year prior. And then it hit me:
I began to believe that current socio-economic problems are unlikely to correct themselves without a force equal to or greater than the forces resisting said change. (Assumptions: Institutions, by their nature, are resistant to change. People profiting through the status quo have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo. Without widespread support, politicians lack a source of motivation on which to act on...)
I was stuck on the idea that problems are best tackled when they are clearly defined and divvied-up into manageable parts. My mind began to race about… ‘using a specific issue, the movement can clearly define their goals’; ‘defined goals and outcomes facilitates guided discussions’; ‘solutions can be crafted and circulated for further comment’; ‘if a viable alternative is present, people and institution can begin to make changes’…
I finally settled on the following:
Occupy should use the Debt Ceiling debate, with its surrounding themes of tax reform, entitlement programs and the like, as another jumping-off point to revive discourse on… well, whatever it is that the Occupy movement would like to discuss.
So, my question is…
Is there any rally planned for Washington DC to support raising tax on the country’s top earners? Is Occupy using the Debt Ceiling debate as a platform to fight for equality, specifically with regards to the budget, entitlement programs and tax rates/brackets?
Where did Occupy go?
Sincerely, Kilgore Trout An Interested Canadian