Posted 12 years ago on Oct. 9, 2011, 7:26 p.m. EST by IdlenessAndMoney
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Many are attacking Occupy Wall Street for lacking a clear and succinct message. The reason for deficient clarity is the message itself is about the citizen’s ability to voice opinions in our democracy.
A democracy is government by a majority of the people. Our current system does not represent our majority, but represents the interests of a few. Our democracy has folded into an oligarchy, as it is naturally inclined. I would argue that the ideal form of government is between these two extremes, but we have shifted too far in the last 40 years.
When the government becomes too disconnected from the people, the system itself is corrupted and unconventional means are required to provide a check on the system. This is the case with any form of government at any time in history.
The protesters may not concur on specific policy solutions; in fact they may not even be self-aware in regards to the reasons for their protest. Because the majority of our population has not been sufficiently represented, they have no outlet within the democratic process.
If you wish debate the protests, debate it on these terms: Are the people represented within our republic or are certain groups, namely corporations, significantly disproportionally represented?
An example I found within minutes that illustrates how our political and social institutions are so easily spoiled: getoffwallstreet is run by Interactive Solutions whose clients include citigroup and american express. Why would there be such an organized effort to discredit the protests if they had no direction? In an time where corporations can use unlimited funds to support and suppress information under the guise of free speech, how will the people be represented unless by physical means?