Occupy Wall Street: Dialogue vs. Dismissiveness
For those that think Occupy lacks intelligence or eloquence…I recommend the video clip above ^
When I first heard about Occupy…
I wasn’t quite sure what to think. As I continued to dig a bit deeper into what the protest/movement entailed I found myself deeply conflicted as to whether or not I could express support or concern for a manifestation so seemingly erratic in its goals.
Some said it was a protest to end capitalism, others protesting the Troy Davis execution, still others expressing anti-war sentiments. I can’t quite get behind the concept of rejecting capitalism (or I should say I can’t get behind the economic alternatives which have been suggested thus far). And while I certainly believe in questioning the Troy Davis proceedings and empathize with those protesting the war, Occupy Wall Street is only hindered by this cacophony of ideas.
However, not to jump on the “media sucks” band wagon…
Ok That’s Actually Exactly What I’m Doing
…but having gone down to Zuccotti Park, I’ve found Occupy to be more unified and deliberate than I originally thought. The one sided, sensationalist viewpoints of the major news corporations do little to capture the sense of electric solidarity that exists within the movement. And from the general response here in New York, Occupy Wall Street has successfully brought national discontent with large scale corporate crime to the forefront of conversation. Not a bad thing all in all.
Having Said That…
Occupy still has failed to provide 1 clear cut goal for themselves…or if they have, it hasn’t been made easily accessible to anyone not steeped in the movement. And unfortunately they’re running out of time.
No! The Other “Time”
They clearly have a large amount of New Yorkers agreeing that:
- This particular manifestation of capitalism is not the best option.
- Injustices and crimes were perpetrated by very wealthy corporations and banks
- Music festivals are hip nowadays…ok they’re still workin on that one
But if they don’t find one goal, JUST ONE, and figure out how to achieve that goal either through meetings and “human mics” or through governmental dialogue…the City which supports Occupy at best, and tolerates it at worst, will soon fall back into the natural rhythm of daily survival and fail to be amused by those who get in the way of their commute.
Occupy Wall Street has opened up the possibility for a forum in which a dialogue can take place to make right some of what is wrong with the U.S. right now.
This is a good thing.
Because the extremists that tend to put down these movements are good at dismissing. Dismissing crimes of the government, dismissing human rights, dismissing basic questions about how our country is being run.
It doesn’t mean that these extreme right wing/left wing speakers are always wrong. But they’re definitely not always right. And if a dialogue can somehow be created…a real dialogue…then that can only be a good thing.
So the reason I posted this video of the gentleman discussing Occupy above, is that I sincerely hope that the collective body of Occupy Wall Street can find someone, such as this gentleman, to act as an instrument through which a clear, intelligent voice can speak to a world that is more than ready for a discussion…
…but first needs to know who they’re talking to.
This entry was posted on October 24, 2011 by isgeorgerobson. It was filed under Canon 7D, Opinion, Social and was tagged with anti war, economy, George Robson, George Scholes Robson V, New York City, Occupy Wall Street, Troy Davis.