Why the 99 percent movement was wrong
This is meant to explain why the 99 percent movement’s approach (aka Occupy Wall Street) might have been askew:
1. As the founder of Carrot Mob pointed out:
“Would you rather punish businesses and get the same old results, or show love to businesses and gain unprecedented power and influence over how our economy works?”
2. March on K-street or Washington DC, not Wall Street. Or better yet, march on the SEC or Fanny and Freddy (a suggestion no one in the popular press has made to date to my knowledge)–or the Real Estate Association who should have seen this thing coming (and perhaps looked the other way, even though they should have known better than almost any other body). In fact, most of Wall Street isn’t to blame–they didn’t cause our great recession.
3. You can’t have progress without a plan. Period. Without a unified message and without a plan or policy besides the hodgepodge of pipe-dreams which individuals–you aren’t going to go anywhere (or at a minimum you are spinning your wheels) Its like being on vacation and not having a map or a place to go.
4. America is about freedom. Its not about coercion. Making enemies of the rich is not a wise idea.
That said, I respect their desire to stick up for the first amendment and to change America for the better. I just worry that their efforts may be in vain…or worse coopted.
Note: I’ve changed the order of this list (ie #1 was a late edition and everything shifted down) so if you decide to read the comments…consider that change.