The Occupy Wall Street movement wants to make sure Wall Street shakers and fakers are held accountable for the illegal activities that contributed to the Great Recession. They want to change the incentive systems in capitalism to favor society as a whole, instead of the greed and contempt of a few.
Since the participants of the demonstrations are protesting against the blatant injustice of the current political and economical system, against corporate greed and lobbyism, they are the perfect object of hate for a lot of right wing apologists who
-in case they aren't wealthy- believe that poor blacks, poor agnostics or poor homosexuals (or their "lobbies") are to blame for the poorness of white and heterosexual christians, or
-in case they are wealthy- believe that the millions of Americans who can hardly afford living are just too lazy or not biblical enough,
-in case they are fucking rich- are scared of the idea that the day may come when they can't safe their asses with playing off one part of the poor against other parts of the poor anymore.
Bankster 1: Aaaaaah! = ( Well ... Yeah? Stephen?
Bankster 2: Hey, Ronald, have..
Bankster 1: Hey, how ar...
Bankster 2: ...you watched the news!?
Bankster 1: No, I was...
Bankster 2: There is a demonstration in NYC, and...
Bankster 1: Oooooh, I see! But don't be concerned. After the weekend I will visit some of those Teabaggers and talk about them evil faggots and the godless, liberal elite, about nazi-niggers in the gub'mint taking their jeeerbs ... then I will go to CNN and apologize and then to FOX moaning about political correctness. That's no biggie.
Bankster 2: Ronald, it's not the Tea Party.
Bankster 1: It's not?
Bankster 2: No. It's "Occupy Wall Street".
Bankster 1: Occupy Wall Street?
Bankster 2: Yeah. Occupy Wall Street...
Bankster 1: Ouh, fuck. That could get dangerous.
Bankster 2: That's why I called you.
Bankster 1: Okay, then. Call our guys in Washington. And call Michael! He shall go to FOX. Strategy: Protesters are drug-addicted stalinists and lazy pedophile hippies who hate America and freedom or something like that. Well. And I guess our next party donation has to be a bit bigger.
Bankster 2: Let's just hope that this will work!
Bankster 1: Hm ... it has worked out so far. Let's see if we can also win this time or if those dorks are gradually waking up.
The richest people in the world (e.g. bankers, CEOs, media moguls, so called "job creators") don't actually work. They have other people work for them. They rake in millions of dollars while the people doing the actual work have to deal with lower pay and higher taxes.
And then the rich folks spend their unearned money on politicians, essentially controlling congress (both Republicans and Democrats). As a result, congress is happy to bail out these people when their businesses start losing money with cash out of the taxpayer's pocket. Not to mention the tax cuts doled out to these billionaires (started by Bush, extended by Obama). That is exactly what OWS is protesting.
Let's have a show of hands. Thumbs up if you support the movement.
Occupy Wall Street does not advocate for the end of capitalism. Rather, we oppose crony capitalism and wish for a return to the pre-Reagan era of capitalism under which the U.S. had greater equality and stronger economic growth.
- Restoration of Glass-Steagall financial regulations which stood strong for nearly 70 years until they were axed in 1999
- Reversal of the 2010 Citizens United supreme court ruling which basically enabled moneyed interests to decide our elections
- Repeal of the Bush tax cuts and an eventual return to the pre-Reagan tax rates under which the U.S. prospered
- An end to corporate personhood and other special loopholes and privileges that exclusively benefit large corporations at the expense of everyone else
- An end to oil subsidies, bank bailouts and other forms of corporate welfare
- Restoration of the workers rights that were decimated by Reagan and further whittled away by George Dubya
- An end to lobbying - politicians should work for ALL Americans
- A return to the principles of democracy