While I applaud and stand up for any sort of organized anarchy, the media is up at arms with the young whippersnappers who are updating on their Facebook status that they are part of a mass protest. Commentators are outraged that there is no unified message or plan for what they are protesting as thousands of demonstrators have taken up camp on Wall Street. But having a plan and clear goal doesn’t do much good in protest movements. In 2003 people all across the world marched against the war in Iraq, eight years later with thousands dead, there are still American troops in Iraq.
We live in vague times so having anger and a sense of injustice without clearly being able to define what you are angry about is fitting. Some say they are against the bank bail-outs, others are against foreclosures and exorbitant student loans. But what it comes down to is an anger against capitalism and a desire for a redistribution of wealth.
One of the mantras of the movement has been “We are 99%” meaning the protestors are not among the richest percentile. Not in America, no, where the richest percent clear $593,000 a year. But odds are good if you live in the US that you are among the top one percent of wealthiest people in the world.
So if it ain’t broke here in America, why fix it? Because things are starting to break down. Schools and libraries have had their resources cut left and right. With education minimized people are apt to be suckers that they need to buy things like expensive flat screen TVs, Iphones, and homes that are too big for their britches.
This allows a guy like Steve Jobs to die with 5.6 billion in his bank account for marketing a bunch of glorified toys. While it’s great that he allowed for a generation of people to never again be bored as they will always have access to Words With Friends and their music collection, it seems silly that Jobs had it all while children somewhere out there are starving.
But of course now, Jobs has nothing. He is dead and since you can’t take it with you, his children who did nothing but have the good fortune to be sired by Jobs are billionaires. Meanwhile there are 254,000 homeless people in Los Angeles county alone. Something is wrong and while there has not been a proposed solution, at least now there is some discussion that there is a problem.