Before I go to sleep, some quick thoughts.
I’ve been catching a lot of shit from liberals for not being 100% sure about Occupy Wall Street. While I certainly agree that those responsible for this sorry United State of Affairs need to be held accountable, I have a big problem with the execution:
Occupy Wall Street now has the attention of the world. A platform is a privilege, and what are we doing with it? Had economists (sane ones) and strategists been brought on board to carve out a list of demands prior to the protests beginning, we would be having a completely different public discussion right now.
The conversation would not be “well, what do they want?” it would be “well, why can’t we have that?!!?!?!? That makes sense!”
I understand the argument that nothing wrong has ever been changed without someone first pointing out that it was wrong. I get it, I do. However, we are dealing with a media that possesses the attention span of a speedfreak in a funhouse. We now have their attention! We are wasting time.
A hundred thousand smart suggestions? That’s great, now what do we do with them? When will we figure that out? After the media and the general snoozing public moves on to the next story? We have wasted time.
Without demands for slowest among us to mull over, this will crater and collapse.
At the protests, I was heartened to meet so many smart kids my age who CARED. However, I could not help but think - and continue to think still - that if this collapses, those who have just become politically engaged will disengage, swiftly. They will harden. They will become the problem for the rest of us.
We have wasted time, and it is ticking still.