Posted 2 years ago on Nov. 24, 2011, 4:30 p.m. EST by GardenState973
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First, a disclaimer: I am employed in the finance industry.
Second, an assumption: You hope to actually achieve change. From what I understand about your movement, you are generally upset about the system that has unfolded over the past however many years that got us to mess we are in today. You are upset that corporations finance politicians, who in turn propose and push through legislation that results in favourable rules of play for the corporations, mostly at the expense of the rest of us. You are upset that the richest in the country do not appear to be paying their fair share of taxes, while many of us (particularly those of us making between $50k and $200k) feel a significant tax burden already and face potentially higher taxes in the future. I know you have other issues but from what I have understood so far these seem to be the core issues of your movement. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Finally, my advice: If you want to change the mess I describe above, you are going about it entirely the wrong way with these OWS demonstrations. Are you raising awareness? Absolutely. Are you any closer to achieving the change you seek? Of course not. Wall Street is not going to stop taking advantage of tax loopholes or stop granting ridiculously lavish bonuses to its executives because you sit in a park and yell at them all day long. They could care less. Sure, maybe their commute is made a little more inconvenient (or possibly entertaining since a lot of them get a kick out of you) but as long as the laws stay the way they are they will continue to get rich and play the same game. If you want to actually change something, why not expose the politicians that allow these corporations to manipulate the system? Without such politicians, they would have no power. Congressional voting records are public information, and so is a fair amount of corporate campaign contributions. Find out who the culprits are in Washington, and then expose them for who they are. You have shown that you are capable of rallying and organizing loud and clar demonstrations. Go to their districts, and take your demonstrations to their campaign offices. Let their voters see whose interests they have been serving. Make sure they don't get re-elected, and solve the problem at its root!
While this may not be as fun as camping out in Zuccotti park or trying to block traffic on Broadway, it will be a lot more effective. You will be surprised to see that a lot of main stream America does not disagree with some of your ideas, but we disagree with the approach you have taken. You also hurt your cause when you display a lack of respect for law enforcement.
Maybe I am wrong. Maybe your cause is not as noble as I have understood it to be. Maybe you really do just want to make noise and have fun and convince yourselves that you really "stuck it to the man" by holding up a cardboard sign to a stock broker that said "Death To Capitalism." But if you actually want to be taken seriously by the masses of Americans that are not hippies or anarchists you should change your strategy.