Anonymous asked: I have an earnest, non-cynical question, as someone who hasn't been involved in OWS and to be completely honest, usually chooses to tune out most things OWS. (I know that's terrible to say bc it does affect me, but it's just overload to me.) I agree that corporate greed sucks and everyday people struggle financially in our country - myself included. But I can't help seeing a lot of protesters as idealistic and naive. What do you honestly expect to come out of this movement, specifically?
Thank you for asking this, and I totally understand that it feels like overload, as it did to me too, and still does sometimes. I was scared to participate or say anything at meetings because I felt I wasn’t well enough informed, but the reason I went initially was because I wanted to get better informed. So for a while I just listened. As far as protesters being idealistic and naive, yes, a lot of them are. I was too when I first went to OWS, and I probably still am in many ways. But what OWS does is it creates an educational space for open dialogue conversations. By participating in the general assemblies, working groups, listening to teach-ins, and just having conversations with people there you really learn a whole lot. Just by being there I became much less naive and idealistic. What do I think will come out of this movement? It is hard to say. It has already created much more conversation in the mainstream about issues that have been too often ignored, although not enough, but this is already a step. This movement is also growing, and hasn’t stopped growing. This came at the right time. If things continue to get worse I do not see how people will be able to ignore it anymore. I truly believe this movement is the best chance we have for creating change even if it acts as only a spark or ripple. It is a movement for the people, unlike our corporate bought government. This means that the more people who get involved, the more it truly will represent the people and hopefully lose its bad and inaccurate stereo types. So many people criticize the movement because they don’t think it is representing them properly, but the horizontal structure of the movement truly gives every individual the chance to influence it!!!! Specifically, what I think it will change as far as the forces in power…I honestly do not think the bankers or corporations are going to listen, unless everyone takes their money out of the bank and stops buying things which I don’t think is going to happen. As far as Wall Street goes, they’re going to stay greedy as long as they possibly can. I think the bigger issue is that our government allows them to do it and works hand in hand with them. This movement has spread so much awareness about the corruption in our country, and the fact that the republican and democratic parties are completely bought. Personally, I do not think our two party system will ever not be corrupt, and it is hard to say if our capitalist society can ever work fairly with our structure of government. Despite my more radical views, I am HOPING new politicians emerge from this movement, whether it be soon, or in the future who refuse to be bought by big money, and who truly represent the better good of the people. While trying to change the system fundamentally, we must make sure the system already in place does not become more corrupt. I also think that since the last election social media has EXPLODED. Politicians no longer need millions of dollars to spread their word. I think this movement has proven how powerful the internet is as a tool. Whether it be the upcoming election or the next, I think big change is coming. Even if someone “great” is not put in power, which I am doubtful can happen in the next election, I think the perpetuation of the corruption will only gather more people together and make this movement stronger. So aside from the changes I hope we will see in the “forces in power”, the people, banded together, speaking up for themselves can be a stronger force. OWS is really becoming an educational haven for people, especially young people. We are learning to understand what is going on in this country, and how articulate our opinions. I don’t think any change is more important than this, and it is happening in increasing numbers because of OWS. The future of our country relies on our generation being able to do this. I was talking to my mom about many of the things I learned, and although she is very political, she had no idea about so many scary/important things happening. She told me that her generation never had to know these things, because they didn’t face the things we are now facing, so their attention was never brought to it. Well our generation is inheriting a new world, and we NEED to pay attention and understand it. People are wanting to see immediate change from this movement to believe in it. As much as I believe it has changed many things already, the grander changes will take a long time, and I think time is necessary for the change that is implemented to truly represent the people, and work well. I do believe FUNDAMENTAL CHANGE is necessary. And as doubtful as I am in total success by reforming the system we already have, I do think this is the first step. We must use the system already in place to the best of our ability to eventually possibly have a new one if this one can’t be fixed, step by step. This all starts with us doing our job and learning to stand up for ourselves. I hope this answered your question and wasn’t too preachy! I get really excited haha.