(beeforbunga, this is your answer in regards to #OccupyWallStreet)
to begin with, i gotta tell you that i haven’t really followed this issue on the news and to be honest i don’t find this protest movement that interesting (duuuh, ngapain sih pake occupy wall street? occupy my heart aja deh! #eaaaa #apeu #abaikan), so everything in this post will be based solely on my opinion and limited knowledge abouit it. i might be wrong, feel free to disagree.
nonetheless, let’s begin.
what i like about this protest is that, occupy wall street is a peaceful demonstration. from what i’ve heard/read so far, there’s no violence involved in this movement. protesters camp in the provided area, so that it wouldn’t disturb the public. that is good. as for the issue they are protesting, hmm what is it that they actually fuss about?
honestly, i think they started out pretty well in terms of addressing the economic inequality, adding tax for the rich people and stuff….but after a while, it’s not clear what it is they’re protesting, is it a protest about the economy? or the ideology? or politics? or other stuff? and it seems to me now they’re just bunch of people wearing guy fawkes mask (i doubt they all know who guy fawkes is, actually)
moreover, these people protest about the failure of capitalism, liberalism, free-market economy which has created the big gap between the rich (the 1%) and the “poor” (the 99%). okay, i got that, and i understand why they think free-market economy isn’t good (because: not everyone has the same resources to start with, resulting in a different ability to acquire goods, therefore the rich getting richer and the poor? who knows.) BUT…would they agree on socialism? so they say ‘the people rule’, and i guess by “the people” they refer it to “the 99%”, to them. good, now that they claim they’re the ruler, do they have a solution? have they thought about a system that would work better?
it appears that most of these protesters are suggesting some left-leaning solutions to this problem. well, there’s nothing wrong about egalitarian society, in fact i support the idea. but honestly, i don’t think, economically speaking, that it’d be possible to achieve such utopian idea. at least as long as the concept of money and wealth exist.
and in regards to 1% vs. 99%. well, i don’t think the rationalization is that simple. between the 99% itself, some have more than the others. it’s not like it’s king vs. peasants and serf anymore. our society is divided in such complex hierarchy: middle class, upper middle class, lower middle class, working class, underclass, etc etc. so, to divide it into just 2 ratios is, in my opinion, not doing it justice.
i also don’t like the way they blame everything on the government. don’t blame the government (and banks) if you’re in loads of debts because you spend all of your loans on shopping and pay everything in credit cards. be a better money manager.
okay, that’s it. i rest my case.