So it has been 22 days since Wall Street was Occupied, and now cities across the country are joining in. Tens of thousands nation wide have gathered to express how fed up they are with Wall Street and the big banks. And the price of tuition. And the war on drugs. And union wages. And the elected officials in government. And capitalism in general.
It’s been great for everyone to come together and feel solidarity in their outrage at the current state of affairs with Wall St. and the big banks. They have orchestrated an outstanding national movement, and yet it has not shown any greater initiative than direct action. The immediacy with which it has appeared and the apparent lack of organization to a definitive end is disappointingly supportive of the stereotype that our generation necessitates instant gratification. We all wanted the revolution to come, and that’s what Occupy is claiming to be. It’s the revolution we deserve, but not the one we need, to paraphrase the Commissioner. The fundamental problem with this occupation is that is an occupation in the first place, and not an abandonment. We live in a capitalist society, and that means that ultimately we speak louder when we vote with our dollar than we do with our voice. I completely agree that there have been and continue to be gross injustices committed against us by the banks and the juggernauts on Wall St., but the streets is not the battleground on which to engage these people. If every person currently occupying were instead to go to their national bank and withdraw all their money and close their accounts, and then put that money into a local area bank instead, then they would listen. Especially if they were organized to do so and all went on the same day. Imagine thousands of Bank of America banks in Boston with lines going out the door to close their account and withdraw their money. Imagine what the press would have to say about it, and how the pressure on the bank could affect a whole new wave of generous incentives to get their customers back. Or if everyone was occupying to show support for a bill calling for updates anti-trust laws. Even a lawsuit of the People of America vs. Bank of America could draw some attention. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . (The Punch Cartel is not associated with the creator of the above comic; nevertheless, check out his site. Please don't sue us, sir.) This Occupy movement needs to be supported by a unity in platforms with more practically applicable goals than to end corporate greed. Solidarity in symbol goes a long way, but hopefully the trend of the Guy Fawkes mask from V for Vendetta spotting up on the streets and on Facebook will not proliferate. A plastic mask, made in China, sold in Wal-Mart, worn in a movie based on a comic book by a violent terrorist that inspired a violet revolution inspired by a real man that tried to blow up Parliament perhaps is not the best symbol for a movement comparing itself to the peace-wanting youth revolutions in the late 60s, nor is the clenched fist on the official www.occupywallst.org that evokes images of the violent protests of the Black Panthers. But I digress. . . . . . . . . . . . . (We may or may not be responsible for the taking of the above photo, but actually, not really at all.) If we are so disgusted with the way these institutions have run rampant, fueled by corporate greed, then we must come after them with our money, for you don’t need to be a millionaire for your money to be powerful. Every dollar is just as strong as the next, and where we choose to spend and invest our money dictates the future of our country. So instead of occupying Wall St, let’s abandon it, and see how long it takes for them to start clawing at each others’ pocketbooks instead of ours. Here’s hoping. TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read) – Instead of occupying Wall St., perhaps we should be abandoning it. Sell your stocks and take your money out of a major bank and into a local area savings bank. We are louder when we vote with our dollar than with our voice.