Okay, so here's what the Occupy Wall Street protesters want, according to the Washington Times (10/3/2011):
These demands will create so many jobs it will be completely impossible to fill them without an open borders policy. [No, actually, these demands will stop the flow of capital, create rampant inflation and accelerate the collapse of Western civilization.]
- Restoration of the living wage. This demand can only be met by ending "Freetrade" by re-imposing trade tariffs on all imported goods entering the American market to level the playing field for domestic family farming and domestic manufacturing as most nations that are dumping cheap products onto the American market have radical wage and environmental regulation advantages. Another policy that must be instituted is raise the minimum wage to twenty dollars an hour. [So you're willing to pay $25 for your cheeseburger, right?]
- Institute a universal single payer healthcare system. To do this all private insurers must be banned from the healthcare market as their only effect on the health of patients is to take money away from doctors, nurses and hospitals preventing them from doing their jobs and hand that money to Wall St. investors. [Okay, so you're saying that doctors, nurses and hospitals don't get anything from the insurance companies? Oversimplify much?]
- Guaranteed living wage income regardless of employment. [Check me on this: isn't a wage something you receive for working? If you're not working, it's not a wage ... it's charity. And what you really want is for government support to be so munificent that you don't have to work to live. Nice non-work if you can get it.]
- Free college education. [And how are we paying for this? Oh, let me guess ... teachers are going to be paid that minimum living wage just like everyone else, and money will be redirected from research for the "military-industrial complex".]
- Begin a fast track process to bring the fossil fuel economy to an end while at the same bringing the alternative energy economy up to energy demand. [Can you be less specific?]
- One trillion dollars in infrastructure (water, sewer, rail, roads and bridges and electrical grid) spending now. [Okay, I'll let you have this one.]
- One trillion dollars in ecological restoration planting forests, reestablishing wetlands and the natural flow of river systems and decommissioning of all of America's nuclear power plants. [So long, New Orleans, it was nice knowin' ya.]
- Racial and gender equal rights amendment. [As far as racial equal rights, you might check out the 14th Amendment. That's what it's there for. Women are already given equal rights under that and the 19th Amendment. You want us to pretend "male" and "female" are only two of thirteen or so "genders" ... that's asking a bit much."]
- Open borders migration. Anyone can travel anywhere to work and live. [Because national security doesn't matter, you know. Nobody really hates the United States; that whole 9/11 thing was just a party prank that got out of hand.]
- Bring American elections up to international standards of a paper ballot precinct counted and recounted in front of an independent and party observers system. [Okay, I'll give you this one too.]
- Immediate across the board debt forgiveness for all. Debt forgiveness of sovereign debt, commercial loans, home mortgages, home equity loans, credit card debt, student loans and personal loans now! All debt must be stricken from the "books." World Bank loans to all nations, bank to bank debt and all bonds and margin call debt in the stock market including all derivatives or credit default swaps, all 65 trillion dollars of them must also be stricken from the "books." And I don't mean debt that is in default, I mean all debt on the entire planet period. [Yeah. That's gonna happen. And you want the letter "M" stricken from the English language.]
- Outlaw all credit reporting agencies. [Tempted to give you this one, too. Better to eliminate credit cards.]
- Allow all workers to sign a ballot at any time during a union organizing campaign or at any time that represents their yeah or nay to having a union represent them in collective bargaining or to form a union. [This could go wrong on so many levels ....]
The Occupy Wall Street site administrator, aptly named, "distortion", posted a reply (10/5/2011):
The opponents of this movement are using the demands posted in this forum as the official lists. And some of these lists regardless of how right or wrong are extreme points of view and will only hurt our cause by making us look like extremist nut jobs. You don't speak for everyone in this. Stop creating public demand lists, delete demands threads. Let the organizers and the law team working for them do this.
It seems the organizers not only don't have complete control of the flock, they don't really see the people as anything but sheep to be herded. Baa-aa!
Let's face it: Ninety-nine percent of the "99%" are having their Howard Beale moment, along with some free cookies. They're mad that billions of dollars have been spent bailing out Wall Street and major corporations and yet the economy is still sputtering, with employment hovering on double digits, foreclosures and bankruptcies hovering at their doors and the government seemingly at a loss for answers. But they don't really want all this crap; they just want the government to do something.
According to Douglas Rushkoff, a media theorist, that aimlessness is precisely why the protesters won't go away. His basis for saying so, though, I find as incoherent and muddled as the aims of the OWS protesters.
So what do the organizers want? Did they not have an agenda of things they wanted to accomplish by all this? And do they really want to be co-opted by by the likes of Frances Fox Piven and Van Jones? Or, having grabbed hold of the hog's tail, do they need help letting the hog go?