The Occupy Wall Street (OWS) Protests will cause a significant change in society
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1. Since the protests are unfocused, it is easier to relate to the movement. It isn't strictly about one thing but about a variety of things, which means a variety of opinions, and a variety of of opinions means a variety of people.
2. Since the movement doesn't have any leadership or structure, it is easier to join, so more people will join.
Therefore, the protests will make a difference.
They are anything but unified. From the New York Observer: "The organizers behind OccupyWallSt.org started raising a separate fund for their own expenses, for $6,000, causing a kerfuffle with the finance committee. Meanwhile, people at the camp are "always trying to steal the buckets," Ms. Sobel said, and well-meaning protesters as well as opportunists have been seen walking around with their own buckets."
Their General Assembly is getting a rough introduction into working with the masses. The great thing about Democracy is that everyone has a voice. But OWS seems to forget that the problem with democracy is that everyone has a voice. Read the whole article here: http://www.observer.com...
And here's another article that talks about the growing rift between OWS's 99% and OWS 1% that controls the money: http://www.theblaze.com...
One ironic aspect to this is the group protesting big banks is keeping all the money they raise, in BANKS. And the one "friendly" bank they chose, union-owned Amalgamated Bank at 52 Broadway, is about to be sent into receivership by the FDIC!
They're living in an idealistic, fantasy world. I'm not saying it's a bad thing to want eradicate poverty and give everyone their foreclosed homes back but we live in a capitalistic, nationalistic world. Here's an example: "The sanitation working group recently brought a simple proposal: the purchase of storage bins in order to tidy up the park. It passed, but only after a member of the assembly attached a friendly amendment stipulating that the bins should be certified Fair Trade. When attempting to purchase Fair Trade storage bins, the sanitation committee discovered they do not exist."
But the most ironic aspect to all of this is that OWS, protesting the "one percent," already has its own one percent! http://hotair.com...
Finally, many of the OWS protesters say we need to replace capitalism because it doesn't work. But what none seem to be able to answer is, replace it what? Communism? Socialism? A Theocracy? Where are they currently still being used successfully. If you want to tear down the system, you need have one to replace it with.
The protesters might develop a new way of running things that could make the movement more efficient and eliminate their 1%. They could replace Capitalism with their new, better system and change both America and the world.
And with regards to starting their own business, that's a great idea. And the fact that they live in a capitalistic society makes it an even greater idea. Of course, they don't want to be too successful. If the business took off and they did really well, they could find themselves in the one percent!
Then again, if that happened they could go home because protesting against yourself doesn't make any sense.
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