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Forum Post: Occupy Wall Street: An Utterly Pointless, Meaningless, Futile Exercise

Posted 11 years ago on Sept. 28, 2011, 1:45 p.m. EST by ebarizzo (5) from Anaheim, CA
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Obviously this writer from the International BUSINESS Times would speak against the movement, but he has some points. I feel there has to be specific demands and actions that we need from important people in Wall Street. I guess first would be identifying who we need to get word and communication from and what we want from them. All in all, some focus would be quite beneficial. Just my two cents from California, thank you all for everything you do.



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[-] 2 points by Anarcissie (11) 11 years ago

It seems to me that simply exhibiting democracy, freedom and equality is a kind of demand. Naturally, the people at IBT are not going to understand that for a while.

[-] 1 points by tensacross (3) from Jersey City, NJ 11 years ago

The gay rights movement was similarly mocked in its beginning.. in the 1970s and 1980s. It, too, was amorphous and sprawling. IT SUCCEEDED, IT IS SUCCEEDING, AND SO WILL YOUR MOVEMENT FOR ECONOMIC RIGHTS.

Don't you DARE let articles like this snatch your hope. Articles like this mean your WINNING!


[-] 1 points by ebarizzo (5) from Anaheim, CA 11 years ago

I'm all for the movement, and I didn't mean to offend anybody by posting this. I just feel that there is a group of people who are a little confused on what the movement is actually hoping to achieve other than putting itself out there. Then again, I am not completely in the political know and was just kinda putting this out here to encourage discussion.

[-] 1 points by sudoname (1001) from Berkeley, CA 11 years ago

Within their mad ranting they do say something positive:

"But if the protesters are proposing specific reforms – like, say, cuts on bankers’ bonuses or concrete tax breaks for companies that hire American employees, then I would support them wholeheartedly and not be annoyed by the modest disruptions they are causing."

[-] 1 points by ebarizzo (5) from Anaheim, CA 11 years ago

Right. Like I said, considering the source and the headline of the article, most of it can be taken as anti propaganda against the movement but there are some good suggestions.

[-] 1 points by sudoname (1001) from Berkeley, CA 11 years ago

Yeah, for sure, and I think the forums have been saying the same thing about needing a clear message/goal. What interests me is why the writer is so mad about it.

Also, I just realized this is from the same paper, and is a lot more sympathetic:

"Occupy Wall Street Protest: How is Bloomberg Different from Mubarak?" http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/221382/20110928/occupy-wall-street-protest.htm

[-] 1 points by easygoingdogparade (6) from New York, NY 11 years ago

Yes IBT isn't trying to attack the movement, they are trying to understand it. They failed in that regard, but they are trying!!! And TRYING is all you need!

[-] 1 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 11 years ago

what does it take to bring it up a few notches. ? Because even tho i am here showing my support, I pretty much agree. Your not doing anything just occupying wall street. When does that ever get useful or pragmatic and grounded? why can't i have any allies to do the work of the revolution? Instead they all waste their time fighting pigs... ? https://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=10150409084095833

[-] 1 points by npowell85 (249) from Montana City, Mt 11 years ago

i agree with you gawdoftruth. the guy in the article wasn't all that negative towards the idea of a protest to reform the economic system. He was negative toward the way this particular movement is being managed, or not being managed. He sounded like he could be a good ally if you guys had a purpose other than to "OCCUPY"

[-] 1 points by gawdoftruth (3698) from Santa Barbara, CA 11 years ago


[-] 1 points by riethc (1149) 11 years ago

They are attempting to demoralize and turn people away from the movement. It doesn't matter if he has some "points", the overall intent of the article is to put down the movement.

Reread the last paragraph.