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OCCUPY WALL STREET
Four years after the OCCUPY WALL STREET experience, what have we learned?
It scarcely seems possible, but it's true. Almost four years have manifested in the form of days and nights of living, breathing, eating and simply getting on with things since the Occupy Wall Street spectacle. Whether you can count yourself among those who were there--in New York City, in Zuccotti Park--doing the things that Occupiers were doing, we are all left with the same question. What have we learned?
I know what you're thinking. "Well, these ideas are not new. People have been saying that for years and here we are in our capitalist society. How do you suggest we handle that?" you ask.
What I have found is that people are most unhappy while doing things they do not want to do. There are people who love to cook, who are working as accountants. There are mathematical geniuses miserable and unfulfilled working in food service. What's the reason for that? The reason is: The mathematical geniuses can not afford the education necessary to become accountants and the miserable accountants became accountants because the food service jobs do not pay enough money to support their needs. And then there's all of the other people who do not have time to pursue the education of their choice because all of their time is absorbed in doing what is necessary to secure food and shelter.
I know what you're thinking. "If all of the cooks become accountants, who's going to cook the food? All of the accountants who'd rather be cooking will cook the food and leave the accounting to the cooks who would have become accountants if they could afford the education and since education would be accessible, they'd make short work of that process. Does that sound radical?
Other activity in NYC:
Occupy Wall Street (OWS) was a protest movement that began on September 17, 2011, in Zuccotti Park, located in New York City's Wall Street financial district, against economic inequality.
The Canadian anti-consumerist and pro-environment group/magazine Adbusters initiated the call for a protest. The main issues raised by Occupy Wall Street were social and economic inequality, greed, corruption and the undue influence of corporations on government—particularly from the financial services sector. The OWS slogan, "We are the 99%", refers to income and wealth inequality in the U.S. between the wealthiest 1% and the rest of the population. To achieve their goals, protesters acted on consensus-based decisions made in general assemblies which emphasized redress through direct action over the petitioning to authorities.
The protesters were forced out of Zuccotti Park on November 15, 2011. Protesters turned their focus to occupying banks, corporate headquarters, board meetings, foreclosed homes, and college and university campuses.
- So sayeth Wikipedia, 09/02/2019 19:56:49
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