“OccupyWallStreet”; My Take
A couple of weeks ago a small protest started in New York City with a few folks protesting outside of the New York Stock Exchange building. They were protesting against Wall Street; actually, that’s not quit accurate. They were protesting against the financial problems the world is suffering and, I guess, they figured it was the fault of Wall Street.
It took about a week before it started to grow in prominence, to the post where it started to spread to other large cities across the country. It also finally became a trending subject on Twitter, and the news organizations finally decided to cover the story.
Protest is all well and good, but I have to say my piece. Here are some problems I’m having with the movement.
1. Protesting in New York City. I’m having problems with people who aren’t from the area protesting near Wall Street, AKA the financial district, AKA near Ground Zero. My fears might be unfounded, but it just seems, well, dangerous and disrespectful to me.
2. Protesting Wall Street. I may be one of those people who keeps wondering why the stock market has gone back as high as it has with this economy, but I’m not someone who’s blamed Wall Street for the problems we’ve all run into. If you’ve read this blog, you know I tend to blame the banks for most of the problems, and I mean banks all around the world. In my mind, that’s where the real problems have come from, and continue to come from. So, if I were running the protests, I might be outside the offices of Citicorp or Bank of America.
3. Offer something better. One of the problems I have with many protests is that no one offers any suggestions for how to fix things. They just want to protest and demand change, but never an idea of what change they want except for things to be better. That’s why I’m thinking the wrong entity is being protested against; there are plenty of suggestions for changing banking, but not as many for fixing the economy overall. Well, except for what I wrote some time ago about ways to spur the economy.
4. Protests in other cities. As I said, the protests have spread to other cities now, but these folks are blocking roads and getting in the way of people who have nothing to do with the protest, and that’s just not right. When one protests for a cause, one has to determine just who it is one wishes to protest against and what the hoped-for outcome should be. From Boston to Atlanta people are being arrested for, well, getting in the way. A little focus on the ultimate goal would be nice.
But nothing’s perfect. I can’t say I hope the protest is successful because I don’t know what it’s all about. So I guess we’ll see what happens; your thoughts?