(I recently found this in my drafts section. Apparently I forgot to hit the send button last year.)
Ignorance is bliss says the ostrich with its head buried in the sand. That is also a core principle of America’s middle class, don’t ask questions, just pay the mortgage. This blind obedience and fear has bred generational conflict, the most obvious and colorful being the hippie revolution of the 1960s. Occupy Wall Street hasn’t had the staying power as the hippies, mostly because the hippies grew up to be more selfish and greedy than their square parents could have ever imagined. The infrastructure that the hippie turned yuppies put into place during the 1970s-80s were designed to suppress and silence rather than embolden and amplify the average person. The average person has in fact been rebranded as a second class citizen, in step with casino gambling being rebranded as the derivatives market.
During the Obama Hope era, another rebranding has occurred, journalism has been rebranded as espionage. More journalists have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act of 1917 than every other previous president combined. Change we can believe in? Well certainly for proponents of George Orwell’s 1984 becoming a nonfiction book it is. People so blinded by red elephants and blue donkeys are so in the trenches of daily punditry that perspective and bigger picture of things has dissolved from their frames of reference. Almost as if the job of pundits is to provoke the average person into debating with his/her peers rather than their superiors, elders, and elected officials.
The very reason that some people think the Occupy movement to be a failure is why it is a success. Cynics I have talked to say they didn’t accomplish anything, often unaware there is an active branch still holding rallies and protests in their nearest major metropolitan city. Occupy has connected the disenfranchised and given a worldwide platform to the voiceless. Simply because the evening news doesn’t cover them, and the conspiracy theory forums tri labeled them, doesn’t mean the goals of the movement weren’t accomplished.
I could’ve swore that the initial goal of the people gathering in Zuccotti Park was to draw attention to inequality in terms of income and justice for those in the financial sector of America and its damaging effects at an unprecedented scale on the people, places, and things that make up 99% of the developed world. Am I wrong? Oh, they never stated an official, singular, vision or purpose? Well read between the fucking lines, or their blogs…whichever.