My previous post about what I see as broken with the Occupy Wall Street movement was the result of several
conversations, both on twitter, and in-person. As a result of that post, I’ve been able to discuss the movement with a diverse group of opinions, not only in the comments , but also on Facebook and Twitter, and including a meeting with a friend who may end a long absence from political movements soon.
The more I talk and write about Occupy Wall Street, the more personal the conversation becomes to me. I’m going to continue writing about Occupy Wall Street, and this week you can look for a few posts coming from my conversation with Eugene and with my experiences with Occupy Austin’s Capitol Occupation.
Once again, I haven’t begun taking a stance on any of the issues. I’m going to continue to listen and digest to get a better understanding of what Occupy Wall Street actually is. The movement continues to intentionally leave itself open to individual interpretation and this is the source of its power – millions are able identify with it.
I’m making sense of Occupy Wall Street as the expected angry response to and product of dual broken narratives in America. How broken both of the narratives are is not trivial. Both are essential to sustain the fervor of the movement which has already changed the focus of our media to the plight of the working class. What follows is my impression of what motivates Occupy Wall Street. Why is this relevant? It’s the place to begin answering the question, “How will we know when Occupy Wall Street has accomplished its goals.”
When Occupy Wall Street has realized its potential, we’ll see a new set of cultural narratives defining our nation.
Broken Narrative One: The American Global Political Decision-Making Process
- The relationship between politics and corporations – it’s corrupt
- The way the Fed is structured with regard to leadership and conflicts of interest – it’s corrupt
Broken Narrative Two: The Personal Economic Capitalistic Creative and Productive Process
- The formula to make money that middle and lower-class children learn in school – it’s flawed
- The relationship between a college education, debt, and competitively paying jobs – isn’t linear
Which brings me back to the economic crisis of 2008, and Broken Process One: The American Global Political Decision-Making Process.
I’ll post that part tomorrow. Thanks for reading.
Hope this helps.
-Austin W. Gunter