Pretty good points OP but I don't agree that the protesters need to become violent They do, however, need is to be SMART.
While I applaud OWS' willingness to stand up, without a clear and accurate understanding of the problems and an intelligent modus operandi to convey
their angst nothing of substance can be accomplished Angst alone is fairly meaningless.
We are being played off against each other. "Right" and "Left" are two sides of the same coin and that coin is owned by a private banking cartel
known as the "Federal" Reserve.
The "Federal" Reserve is a privately owned credit monopoly. The US government pays money (in the form of interest) to the "F'R for the privilege
of using the money the "F'R prints.
The Federal Reserve is part of a larger global banking system known as the Bank of International Settlements
Our entire financial system is in the hands of private global bankers with their own nefarious agendas.
As a result....
Our representative republic has devolved into a crony, insider based plutocracy. Very little free market capitalism remains. Our elected
"representatives" by and large represent only their own interests and those of their multinational corporate sponsors.
As a result of the undo influence mega banks and mega corps have on "our representatives", laws and regulations have been written to destroy free
market competition and further their monopolistic aspirations.
Most notably, the Glass Steagall Act was repealed which essentially allowed the banking industry to go hog wild and invent all sorts of exotic
financial instruments which directly lead to the financial crisis of 2008. Despite what some would say that it was bad mortgages, the problem was
that the banks sold and resold them and leveraged bad investments resulting in a mountain of band created bad debt.
The American people were then scared and fooled into bailing these guys out and they were never brought to the carpet in any real way nor were the
laws changed to prevent this from happening again (because of problem 1).
Therefore, OWS in failing to address the real problems in a systematic way, such as strongly requesting the presence of their Congressmen and women
down there and demanding a Fed Audit, a reinstatement of Glass Steagall and an end to undo corporate influence on legislation.
I watch this whole thing play out with dismay. I see a great opportunity being lost because primarily because of ignorance.