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I have tried talking to people who were in the protest, I have been to the websites, and I cannot get a straight answer other than something like "These people have money and we don't". Yeah that sucks, I don't have a lot of money, I am going paycheck to paycheck but why protest about it? I don't see the reason for the protest.
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I think that is the sentiment that is spurning a lot of people to action, however I think the original protest was less about "I don't have money" and more about how large the gap is between the 1% and the 99% (dear baud I hate those terms already), and how they use that extra money as massive influence much to the detriment of the public at large. Corruption and money in politics, yaddah yaddah. (That and corporate personhood, I mean, whats up with that?)

I don't particularly agree with the Occupy movement, but I can sympathize with SOME of their messages.
 
Right, i can see why they would be user with how the 1% uses their money to influence certain things. I also sympathize, like I almost live pay check to pay check, but I don't see marching about it. That's why I'm lost lol
 
har har, a LMGTFY link. Still doesn't answer the question of actual objectives. While at the start the objectives were clear, they now are muddied, scattered, and even misappropriated by other groups.
I would suggest the next time you attempt to be helpful, actually come up with something of substance (or continue trolling).
 
You too eh? These people are protesting nothing. I even tried to suggest FDR's proposed Second Bill of Rights as a possible agenda and way to close the gap between the "99% and 1%". What was the response? Trolling and oppression of the idea. And this from people at wallstreet. That in and of itself suggest to me they are not in fact protesting or occupying anything, but are in fact trolling Wall Street. Just my opinion, radical considering I'm chronically ill and unemployed (but looking for work) at the moment.

Oh and Lucas... Really? You had to use a tinyurl link on a lmgtfy link? I was loathe to even click it just to see...
 
First, I'll respond to the comments about my comment. I apologize for over-simplifying my response. Let me try again.

I have found a number of websites which answer your original question. I haven't found that the true motivations for the #OWS movement [itself, not the people] are consistent with what you posit, i.e. people complaining about someone having more money than someone else. This may be a frustration felt by many Americans (in all of the spectrum of the so-called 99%). Here are some reading materials that may help you further your research. I would summarize their content, but I want to avoid misconstruing the message either through my own bias or my own ignorance. I am going to use a link shortener to save space (my own text takes up quite enough) and I am going to use a website that pokes fun at using a Google link to answer someone's question: http://tinyurl.com/cmpxd9f

Back to the OP. I'm not sure if this is a rhetorical question, because the image posted has clearly already drawn a conclusion.

The original post had the feel of a post that was purporting to ask a question, but really seeking to express a specific opinion. It's akin to this, for example: "What do people like about UFC? It's a bunch of half-naked, sweaty men rolling around." and then I link to this image: http://www.x929.ca/shows/newsboy/wp-content/uploads/2008/07/gayjiujitsutr2.jpg

Now back to the topic itself.

Protesting nothing? How about... the role of corporate money in elections (*unlimited* funding allowed by Super PACs); the influence of lobbyists (e.g. RIAA + MPAA influencing congress over E-Parasite and similar laws, as well as less techie laws); the irresponsibility and subsequent subsidization of large financial-sector companies; the fact that stock transactions themselves are not taxed in the US [but are in many economic competitors' countries], which makes gambling and speculation a free game for those with enough resources to play - even though it impacts the majority of US citizens negatively (e.g. high fuel prices); fair capitalism (e.g., not subsidies for oil companies, or manipulated currency values of China, or corporations paying little, no or even negative taxes); disproprotionate salaries of some government employees (e.g. congresspeople vs. regular Joes); uncompetitive wages and lackluster funding for public education.

Whether these are the stated objectives of everyone at various #OWS rallies, these are points that are consistent among the educated supporters. You could go to any sporting event and ask "What do you like about <your team>?" and the majority of people you run into will have an unsophisticated response, but some people will definitely be able to talk strategy, statistics and the technicalities of the game.

So, Dylan's question is a good one, if it's sincere. Why protest? If sending letters, calling politicians and filling out Internet petitions had a real impact, people wouldn't take to the streets.
 
Ooh I'll jump in here.

Lucas why do you assume these websites hold any valuable information or indeed credibility? for $10 I can register a domain, acquire a free host, reroute said host to domain, and author anything I wish. It would be no more credible than most, and more credible than some. Maybe we would like you to summarize for yourself, and provide (credible) citation. Moreso the link you have posted, does not provide anything to enrich the topic at hand, we have already done this, and even the 4th link in those google results states that OWS needs to clearly document it's objectives, this posted on their own forums. Um hello? Using a URL shortener doesn't save us space we desire to be saved, it's lazy, misdirection, and takes from your own credibility, after all at glance we don't know WHAT are are attempting to link us to. People that click such links in my opinion are asking for trouble. In my opinion those who use them are of questionable character.

"Protesting nothing? How about... the role of corporate money in elections (*unlimited* funding allowed by Super PACs); the influence of lobbyists (e.g. RIAA + MPAA influencing congress over E-Parasite and similar laws, as well as less techie laws); the irresponsibility and subsequent subsidization of large financial-sector companies; the fact that stock transactions themselves are not taxed in the US [but are in many economic competitors' countries], which makes gambling and speculation a free game for those with enough resources to play - even though it impacts the majority of US citizens negatively (e.g. high fuel prices); fair capitalism (e.g., not subsidies for oil companies, or manipulated currency values of China, or corporations paying little, no or even negative taxes); disproprotionate salaries of some government employees (e.g. congresspeople vs. regular Joes); uncompetitive wages and lackluster funding for public education."
Citation please. When i spoke to Occupy Wall Street via their IRC none of this was mentioned, When I proposed FDR's Second Bill of Rights, it was spurned (though it has a lot in common with what you just said).



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"Whether these are the stated objectives of everyone at various #OWS rallies, these are points that are consistent among the educated supporters. You could go to any sporting event and ask "What do you like about <your team>?" and the majority of people you run into will have an unsophisticated response, but some people will definitely be able to talk strategy, statistics and the technicalities of the game."
No unification/no direction/no central voice in a protest = no forward movement and nothing more than a doomed attempt at collective trolling. These people could have already met their objectives if they had any that the REAL majority could see and get behind, oh like I don't know FDR's proposed Second Bill of Rights.

"So, Dylan's question is a good one, if it's sincere. Why protest? If sending letters, calling politicians and filling out Internet petitions had a real impact, people wouldn't take to the streets."
Bah, that's a poor excuse. You should only go protest with others if your agenda is the same, a protest is a form of seeking resolution via physical presence/activity or words. If these conditions are not true, then what are you doing?
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