Just curious if anyone knows if there has been any polling done on this as to what percentage of the population actually supports it? When you think about it, it's quite clever marketing to say "We are the 99%", obviously implying that the movement is large, whereas it might only be that 5 or 10 percent of people support it.
At the risk of repeating myself or re-stating the obvious, thought I layout a clean sheet vision of the issue and the 99%.
The 99% figure is representative of all of those who are not politicians or bankers or financial market gurus who control the numbers which are used by financiers and politicians to set policy which at the end of the day, impacts upon the rest (99%) of us.
Just as you need $$$ to live happily ever after, banks will happily commit you to your own debt molehill (mortgage & credit cards). Which gives them the power to control your lifestyle, thru your spending (their credit), and your disposable income (their interest payments).
Now thats the micro view, but turn that up by a factor of millions and its how the financial markets control countries. By dictating the terms of their debt.
But at this level they deal with politicians, who'll happily borrow more to promise what it'll take to keep them in power (more debt). More debt to the financial institutions more power to them... less to government
Soo... governmental power moves from the politicians to the corporates, what can they do?? Fortunately politicians are vote driven... people power can manipulate the political landscape in the hope that things will change. As for what and how, thats an individual choice.
As always on the fringes of these things you'll get the radicals and the militants who'll be more violent in protest, and risk (because they simply know no better) destabilising the whole thing. And that's why the results of 'occupy' vary across countries.
But the difference this time around for this type of protest is twofold, firstly it's 'the-internet'. Where previously movements of dissatisfaction have been localised now it's easier to get others involved globally. Just as it's easier for those involved to research things and have a greater understanding. And secondly, of course, we're in recessionary times.
When you're down to being able to see the bottom of your credit line it's far easier to look back up and see how big it is and ponder how you got to make the hole sooo large.
When you're able to manage your credit card and have a regular job it all seems a bit pointless, a bit 'I'm-not-one-of-the-99%'.... but step back a bit and look at the bigger picture, at Greece and Ireland, and Spain and Portugal and France and Italy and New Zealand and America....
Printing money and buying iphones won't change the financial landscape. It won't change whether you're a 1 percenter or a 99 percenter. You may not want to be a 99% kind of a guy buy when voting time comes along you'll cast your vote. And down stream you'll moan about about the political rhetoric and direction and wonder why things are done the way the are...because there must be a better way. Right??