posted on Nov, 2 2011 @ 09:27 AM
Before I start, let me stress that I do believe that current Social, Political and Economic trends need to change. I honestly believe that the
direction that we are all heading in is fraught with eroding not just the average persons’ purchasing power to zero, but the average persons’
ability to purchase the most fundamental necessities of food and shelter. It is a divisive future, cleanly cut to divide the rich and poor and if most
think they are poor now, they truthfully need to redefine their personal definition of poverty, before the future redefines it for them.
Now, the following is why I am against the OWS protests based on conversations with supporters to conversations with a few protesters in London and
personal experiences in general.
As noble as their intentions are, the OWS movement lacks any credible alternative. The movement itself is plagued by contradictions and lacks unified
direction. There are protesters/supporters who generally believe that the Government is primarily at fault, there are others who believe the banks are
at fault, most believe that the rich in general, regardless of guise, are at fault and then there are many who believe that the entire Capitalist
concept is at fault. Many of the protesters are well educated and come from good backgrounds. These protesters seem to have a greater discontent
towards their Mickey Mouse degree not giving them an automatic six figure sum job than anything else. There is an overtone of those who currently have
the six figure jobs are clearly to blame and therefore the entire concept of Capitalism must be fraudulent and a lie, at least until these six figure
earners relinquish their lucrative hard earned roles to those same protesters who want to hang them from the street lamp posts. There are a few who
come from deprived parts of town. They are the ones who neglect the fact that they themselves are on benefits, taking more from the tax payer than any
rich person has ever done. They want the lavish lifestyle, but certainly don’t feel that they should work for it, besides, no one in a bank has ever
worked for their position, no, through the eyes of the so called deprived, those banksters were born in to it, the rich were all born in to it!
Although the banks are the primary target, many feel that it is the rich in general, the so called 1% that are to blame and they should take on
greater social responsibility i.e. share the wealth. They seem to want the rich to pay at least 70% tax of their wealth and yet in the same confusing
manifesto are against slavery. They seem to despise these global organisations, these conglomerates, for their lack of empathy towards the common man.
They seem totally unaware that many of these global organisations provide a service or product(s) that millions use; in turn they employ thousands of
workers worldwide. I love how one guy was against Google, then in the same sentence utters “All you need to do is Google OWS to see how global this
has become”. I do believe that there are certain energy companies that exploit an essential need for the sake of billions in profit each year.
However, it seemed that these companies are getting overlooked or just lumped in with the generic rich 1% label. When really these energy companies
are the worst of the bunch and how did they get to the position of controlling energy? Government policy of privatisation, that’s how!
To the banks themselves, I could not care less for them. I am no supporter of a service which has become a necessity that will give me 0.2% interest
for my savings but then loan out the savings to the next man for 5%+. However, to blame the woes of the world on your local Bank is somewhat short
sighted. You can blame the children for taking cookies from the jar, but ultimately the jar should’ve been well out of reach and the punishment for
doing such an act so severe that the children would not even think of gaining access to begin with. To me, the buck lies with Government and Central
The policies of these two entities dictate much if not all of how the economy is run and much of our daily lives. When you look at the global economy
it sits within the Central Banking system, the BIS and the IMF for the most part and is implemented by the Governments of this world. What is strange
is that none of the OWS movements that I have seen or noted have graced any of the above with their presence.
The OWS movement could stand for issues that really do affect us. Why is nobody protesting at tax increases? Why is nobody protesting at companies
sending jobs abroad? Why is no body protesting at immigrants taking the jobs that the indigenous population are apparently too lazy to undertake?
Social housing given to those least deserving? Why aren’t they protesting at Private Landlords charging the Earth in rent? Energy companies being
allowed to rake in billions in continual profit year after year? We seem to want our cake and eat it and at the same time seem to think there is
enough cake to go around that each of the 7 billion residents of Earth should be able to live the same lifestyle as the rich, unaware of just how
obviously flawed this dream truly is.
However, I do not solely blame Government and the Central Banks. I believe many of us are to blame.
How many took out mortgages at 100% and still could just about cover the interest only payments just to own a property? How many run up credit card
debts to buy consumer products or to go on holiday three times a year? How many get loans out for simply the sake of vanity? How many claim benefits
without any thought for the working tax payer who is paying for those benefits? How many throw away their free education? How many got degrees in the
past based on what they would like to do rather than what would offer a financially viable career at the end? How many would rather be unemployed and
wait for a six figure job than go out and get several jobs if need be? How many want all of the above but would rather undertake a life of crime than
a life of graft?
The Capitalist system works. India, China, Brazil and Russia have all been adopting it because it comes with great wealth and relative wealth for
people who under current systems have very little. What we in the West have forgotten is that it comes with hard work too! In the 19th Century the
rich paid zero tax, but it saw the fastest gain of accumulative wealth in the lower classes. This was due to a far higher work ethic than today and a
government willing to look after its own. We have far more at our disposal now than we did then, with far greater opportunity, even in these
apprehensive economic times, but we fail to see the forest through the trees. If the truth is known, we are all guilty for this economic downturn.
Whether it stems from taking advantage of a free service or apathy towards not standing against irresponsible Government spending sooner, we are all
Government and Central Bank policies are made to continue grand prosperity for the perceived 1%, but also relative prosperity for the rest. We can all
make something of ourselves if we truly believe in our own ability to better ourselves and place our futures in our own hands. Government, of every
country, must be made to look after their own people. However, at the same time their own must contribute to look after themselves....