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Forum Post: Was Occupy Wall Street anti-intellectual?

Posted 10 years ago on Sept. 20, 2012, 8:41 a.m. EST by hazencage (58)
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When I was involved in Occupy Wall Street I noticed that many of the individuals involved formed their views based on the strong opinions that they had. Furthermore, many of these individuals based many of their ideas on the economy, not on because of what they knew, but instead because of what they felt. Moreover, what many of these individuals expressed appeared to be nothing more then the same old cynical sentiment that has plagued this country since Richard Nixon. Finally, Occupy Wall Street did manage to change the terms of debate in regard to fiscal policy, but at any point did the movement express a good understanding as to why the government should stop trying to cut spending?

In my opinion they did not, and in fact while I was at occupy many of them did not understand such things as GDP/debt ratio, Credit ratings, or the simple fact that the bailouts were loans and were a result of too big to fail. Furthermore, many of the individuals involved simply had a simplistic view of corporations, couldn't name their state senators, or any studies that analyzed social policy(i.e The Other America, The Truly Disadvantage).



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[-] 1 points by TechJunkie (3029) from Miami Beach, FL 10 years ago

I wouldn't say "anti-intellectual" but I would say that it was definitely not an intellectual movement. Everybody was too busy shouting slogans past each other and not listening to each other. Not an environment that encourages deep thinking.