What #Occupy wants is to disconnect Wallstreet from Congress - and allow THE PEOPLE, THE AMERICAN PEOPLE, to have their voice heard and their decisions made APPROPRIATELY in congress without their opinions and beliefs being talked over BY the top 1%.
If 70% of the American People want to have Healthcare… Then they should be properly represented by Congress, properly debated, and properly be given healthcare because - as the American Constitution and BIll of Rights states - if a majority of the public vote for something, then that vote is passed.
But almost all of our decisions have been ill-represented and ignored by congress, who are representing the 1% of the population (CEOs), not OUR demands.
If you would rather your decisions be made by incredibly rich people who you think have your best interests in mind, feel free to go back to 1760 when good King George was in power over the united states.
Me? I’d rather kick out the Wall Street influence and live in a country my founding fathers envisioned. Leave it up to the public whether or not we have government handouts. Not a few CEOs.
democracy and capitalism do not coexist well. this is because democracy is a concept based in equality, equal value. this is not to say democracy has been executed perfectly in the past, or even now, where so many human persons are disenfranchised for bullshit reasons, but nonetheless, american democracy is based in the idea that all human persons are equal and therefore are entitled to a voice in their government.
capitalism is a concept, just as democracy is. they both are socio-political theories, one driven by economics and money, the other driven by human persons. democracy does not need capitalism to thrive, and capitalism does not need democracy to thrive. somehow, probably in the 1950s, these two ideas became entangled in your human heads somehow, in opposition to something else you confused, which is to say communism and totalitarianism. like capitalism and democracy, communism and totalitarianism do not need each other to thrive or exist. in fact, capitalism has much more in common with totalitarianism, and democracy has much more in common with communism.
the thing is, it is good to have a balance, so it would be nice to make certain ideas coexist! democracy values persons, capitalism values money. capitalism values money over humanity. capitalism sees human persons as assets, consumers, collateral. if you take a system like that, and temper it with true democracy, well, you might have something tolerable.
unfortunately, that is not what you american human persons have right now.
this tumblr blog is extraordinary, and we salute the human person pictured above, who demands DEMOCRACY. far too many of you are rushing to defend capitalism, which, frankly, is indefensible. look at what it has done to you, to us, to our planet. look at what it is doing right the hell now as we speak! not good! swim away! swim away!