MotherJones.com maintains an updated, interactive map of all the Occupy movements across the world. Take a peek at NC. Your eyes do not deceive you; those dots represent lots of people in nine different cities across the State standing in solidarity with Occupy Wall St. in Manhattan. To wit, it’s Durham, Chapel Hill, Raleigh, Wilmington, Greenville (!), Winston Salem, Greensboro, Asheville and Charlotte. The one in the Queen City is quite apropos given Bank of America’s recent shenanigans.
But what is this whole Occupy thing about? Glen Greenwald recently published a pretty little article that neatly crystallizes the underlying motivation of the movement. I’ll list a few salient points:
Money is blatantly in control of politics. The wealth of the 1% was not gained through innovation and production, as in Ayn Rand’s oft-cited dogma, but by using existing wealth to hijack public policy. It’s not that the rich are getting richer while the poor are getting poorer; the rich are getting a lot richer while everybody else is getting poorer. America’s production increased by 20% in the 2000s, yet none of that increase is visible at all in the wages of the lower-to-middle class. In what rational reality is a corporation, with all of its implicit resources, allowed to speak with the same voice as a person?
That Reagan-era mantra of trickle-down economics, “a rising tide lifts all ships,” sounds nice, but it assumes that everybody can afford to buy a boat.