Posted 4 years ago on Oct. 19, 2011, 7:09 p.m. EST by NYCJames
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I'm sure many people will disagree with what I'm about to say, and I certainly mean no disrespect to whomever came up with the slogan, but I feel "We are the 99%" is a terrible slogan.
The unfortunate reality is that the phrase is highly susceptible to "oh noes they are socialists!!". Moreover, it doesn't endear people towards the cause. Now perhaps people don't care about that, but I've got to imagine if this movement is to be a success it should be open to accepting a large swathe of various groups. In the end many people are frustrated with the current system, and are looking for a venue.
I was at a bar the other night, and when OWS news came on people started booing, and jeering at the television (as odd as that was). If it is difficult for regular NYers to empathize how difficult must it be for those in say the midwest.
More importantly: how easy is it to paint the group as a fringe or socialists?
I would suggest that if the purpose is to fix the current establishment that the American people, of ALL walks of life, would far more empathize with something like: "Capitalism Not Corporatism" (something to that effect). Americans respect liberty, and equal opportunity. We should focus on how corporate subsidies inhibit competition. How behemoths like Wal-mart help China make money, and destroy small businesses. How Too Big to Fail bank bailouts hurt mid-size banks and credit unions.
That is a message most Americans would surely go for. At the very least more so than "We are the 99%" which is a message that tugs at their fears, not their pride and joy.
If you disagree I will respect your opinion. This is mine.