The Agenda, Please

Let’s try an agenda for the Occupy Wall Street movement. I am going to go out on a possible limb here. Say it is “Corporate power has grown too big, and has squashed the voice and opportunities for everyone else.”

Okay. Does it seem to sum up what we hear from the sound bites of interviews with protesters? Perhaps. Those sound bites have shown a pretty big variety of opinions. I have heard frustrations with student loans, environmentalism, pro-union, corporate power, problems with banks or the tax code, anti-greed, anti-bail-out, and more. But I will go with my effort to sum up anyway, on target or not.

The talk is that this movement is similar to the Tea Party, in that “regular people” need to be recognized; and others say it is the opposite of the Tea Party, in that we need more regulations and progressive taxes to restore justice. Both of these agendas fit somewhat with the agenda I posed, albeit the latter more than the former.

I remind the Universe that the Tea Party took a good while to come up with a specific agenda around which to rally. And an agenda for these guys will arise sometime soon. It may or may not satisfy all of the present protesters (probably not, of course).

Now, after an agenda, one next must come up with actual advocacy for actual policies. What would these be? Easier access to student loan help, that’s easy, but smaller than the big picture. How do you discourage big corporate power? What laws favor giving a break to regular people? If the unemployment rate was, say 3%, and corporate power were unchanged, would people still be out there occupying?

JP, name the specifics you want to see. Could you?

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About Jim

I've been leading outdoor environmental education in the YMCA since the 1970s. I love teaching nature, history, current events, being a dad, fixing stuff, groups, and general thinking.
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