“Occupy Wall Street: Seeking a Fair Shake” in Stay Thirsty


 

 

Here’s the start of my December Stay Thirsty column:

Last month, New York City’s Mayor Michael Bloomberg evicted the Occupy Wall Street protestors from Zuccotti Park. Now that many cities across the country have cracked down on the encampments in public spaces, what direction will the movement take?

Over the few weeks of its existence in Zuccotti Park, Occupy Wall Street was an amazing place to see citizens exercising their rights to assemble and speak freely. By mid-November the Siena Research Institute reported that two-thirds of voters were paying attention to the Occupy Wall Street movement. Voters, by a two-to-one margin, said the movement does not represent 99 percent of Americans, but 58 percent of voters believed that the protestors should be allowed to camp in parks overnight.

Now that the movement has been forced by authorities to disperse, can Occupy Wall Street regroup and redefine itself? Can the energy of the movement get harnessed to the old-fashioned ideal of making sure all Americans get a fair shake – my assessment of what the movement is about, despite its numerous voices and varied goals.

When I traveled in Ireland with my family a couple of summers ago, our tour guide pointed out Bono’s estate to us. The guide said that an Irishman would say, “I’d like to knock him off and live there myself.” He contrasted that attitude with what he believed the typical American would say: “I’ll have a place like that myself someday.”

His anecdote pointed to the belief in socioeconomic mobility that underlies the American Dream and its implicit assumption of fairness – that workers will receive a reasonable wage for their labor and that they will have opportunities to save, purchase homes, provide education for their children and achieve financial security, if not rock star wealth.

Faith in the American Dream is eroding, as income inequality widens in the United States and the number of unemployed remains stuck at approximately 14 million, a number we all know by now significantly underestimates the actual number of suffering Americans, many of whom are severely underemployed workers or discouraged jobseekers.

To read more, click here

Comments

VivianVDehay said:

Great beat ! I would want to apprentice as you amend your website, how can i subscribe for any blog site? The account aided us a acceptable deal. I was tiny bit acquainted with this your broadcast provided bright clear idea

DinoDHurrell said:

Excellent post. I had been checking constantly this weblog and I'm impressed! Extremely helpful information specially the final section :) I maintain such info a good deal. I was seeking this particular info to get a very long time. Thanks and have a great time.

NancyKFarran said:

Your style is extremely unique in comparison to other people I actually have read stuff from. Be grateful for posting if you have the chance, Guess I will just bookmark this web site.

DonnieOSadin said:

Hello everyone, it's my first visit at this site, and post is in fact fruitful for me, keep up posting these articles.

ValerieRTidd said:

hello there and thank you for your info - I've certainly picked up something new from here. I did so however expertise several technical points by using this site, since I experienced to reload the website a great deal of times previous to I really could buy it to load properly. I was wondering if your internet hosting is OK? Not too I'm complaining, but slow loading instances times will sometimes affect your placement in the search engines and can damage your quality score if advertising and marketing with Adwords. Well I am just adding this RSS to my e-mail and can consider much a greater portion of your respective exciting content. Make sure you update this again soon.

RaisaYGauron said:

Helpful information. Lucky me I discovered your website by accident, and I am shocked why this twist of fate did not happened earlier! I bookmarked it.

ShardaEToala said:

Wow, this article is nice, my younger sister is analyzing these types of things, so I am going to tell her.

GracieHSchaf said:

What's Happening i am just a novice to this, I came across this We have discovered It positively helpful and contains aided me out loads. I am just hoping to provide a contribution & help other customers like its helped me. Good job.

MinnieAGamma said:

There's definately much to know about this subject. I love every one of the points you possess made.

Leave a Comment »

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *