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Forum Post: Questions About the Occupy Movement

Posted 10 years ago on Nov. 16, 2011, 4:26 p.m. EST by Stevenstar (1)
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Hello all,

I've just a couple questions regarding the aim of the OWS Movement.

  1. Does OWS seek to redistribute the wealth in any way? Perhaps by moving capital from the "%1" into the rest of the population?

  2. What exactly does OWS wish to accomplish by its demonstrations? In other words, what would have to happen in order to stop occupations?

Thanks, and I look forward to hearing what you all have to say.



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[-] 3 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 10 years ago

Hello, Steven. Contrary to what you may hear, OWS isn't advocating wealth distribution a la socialism. The focus is more on getting as much corruption out of DC as possible. The effect of corporate donations, for one, has vastly influenced our elected officials to the detriment of the population, the economy and the environment. The occupations and demonstrations are, for batter or worse, to get the word out. To spread the message. OWS is in phase one of what will be a long, arduous journey. Phase one is to boost support, to build our numbers. Some of us, however, believe that the occupations have achieved their purpose and in some instances backfired due to the negative publicity in some locations. We believe they should pack up and we should take this to the next phase, spreading the message in more traditional ways, i.e. speaking at schools, possibly TV and radio spots and interviews, billboards, mass mailings, etc.

[-] 1 points by MBJ (96) 10 years ago

Agreed... good response. I wonder how many of your compadres agree with your take on things.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 10 years ago

Unfortunately, we're probably in the minority at this time.

[-] 1 points by mandodod (144) 10 years ago

I must say, that was the best well thought out answer in the last several weeks. Thank You. I don't know who you are but it is folks like you that OWS needs as a leader. And with a clean mouth to boot! I wish you well.

[-] 1 points by gnomunny (6819) from St Louis, MO 10 years ago

Thank you. Much appreciated.


[-] 1 points by genanmer (822) 10 years ago

It's about educating the public as much as it is about ending corruption.

Two different views of why we are where we are http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Z9WVZddH9w (the system is causing all the problems and has been perpetuated by ignorance)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdGi6Q3N9tY (the system is designed intentionally to have these problems)

Either way the problems are systematic and those in power are attempting to hold onto their power through unethical practices. So the demonstrations aren't meant to have a single end as much as it is to get more people involved in conversations the mainstream media won't cover. The only way a true democracy can develop is if people get involved and no, the American Idol voting process doesn't count. Everyone can agree on reaching a post-scarcity society. The issue of HOW is why public conversations are important, and money in politics/media distorts this process.

On a sidenote: after a certain point accumulating additional financial wealth does not improve ones quality of life, it just feeds an addiction to acquisition.

[-] 1 points by Stevenstar (1) 10 years ago

I also invite others with questions about the OWS Movement to post here.

[-] -1 points by raines (699) 10 years ago

Negative publicity due to their own actions. What want is violence, a martyr for their"cause".