I am not well informed on the intricacies of the national budget, international trade policies, or even how exactly a hedge fund works. I’m embarrassed to say that I remain averagely ignorant on how exactly my country has gotten itself into the present economic mess.
Until recently, I have remained relatively unaffected by the recession. I know one person whose house was foreclosed and a few who have lost their jobs. I hadn’t been fired once, until recently. Is there some connection between the trillions of dollars national debt and my lost bartending wages?
The Occupy Wall Street movement has sprouted sister protests in over 100 cities around the world. They seem to be holding the international spotlight as well as Liberty Plaza. The protesters have been criticized for a lack of specific demands.
Admittedly, the heart of their official statement is indignantly vague: “We come to you at a time when corporations, which place profit over people, self-interest over justice and oppression over equality, run our governments.”
– John Emrys Eller