Why is it so hard to understand Occupy Wall Street? some thoughts

Posted on October 4, 2011


Occupy Wall Street | NYC Protest for American Revolution. If you haven’t been to the website, go.  This is from one of their posts regarding the march across the Brooklyn Bridge:

As members of the 99 percent, we occupy Wall Street as a symbolic gesture of our discontent with the current economic and political climate and as an example of a better world to come. Therefore we invite the public, our fellow 99 percent, to join us in a march on SATURDAY AT THREE, starting from LIBERTY PLAZA (ZUCCOTTI PARK) at LIBERTY & BROADWAY.

emphasis mine.  Because really, is it that hard to understand?  On the one hand I can understand the structures and socialization that creates this air of “if they don’t have a consolidated message I cannot support it” because we’re encouraged to be sheeple and our minds are not cultivated for critical thinking, let alone critical consciousness.  What baffles me, however, are the people who consider themselves “liberal”, “progressive”, etc. who are perpetuating this ideology that presumes something isn’t legitimate unless it’s done in a certain structured fashion that suits (and follows the script that was created by and for)  those at the top of the social hierarchy.  Now, I’m not saying these people are not indeed liberal or progressive.  I just hate to see people who want to see change unable to get behind a movement because it’s not neat and cut and dry and easy.  

Who can say they aren’t dissatisfied with the current state of affairs?  Do you have any better ideas?  Go share them.  I bet these people would be happy to hear them.  Yeah, it’s easier to get behind something that has already been established.  But that’s kind of the problem.  We need to be intimately involved with the creation process in order for any substantial change to be made at all.  The process is part of the change.

wake up.