There’s been a lot of talk that the Occupy Wall Street protesters don’t know what they want. We hear on the news that they’re protesting against capitalism and for socialism. We hear that they want a handout and don’t want to work.
That’s not why they’re protesting. They know the future is rigged against them. They know what the Wall Street firms have done to the American economy and to the global economy. The top one percent have gotten richer at the expense of everyone else. They own our government and they make the rules that benefit only them while they drain the treasury.
Too many good paying American jobs have gone overseas. Higher education is out of reach for many Americans. Health care is unaffordable and the price keeps going up, yet any effort to reign in the abuse is blocked by our corporate congress.
The protesters want to reverse the corporate coup that’s taken place in the US and rendered the citizens powerless, and they won’t stop until that happens. The protesters know about the criminal class who runs the corporations. Free market capitalism is a radical force. It sees everything as commodities: human beings, lakes, rivers, the air, animals… It exploits the natural world for profit until exhaustion and collapse.
There have been no restrictions, no real regulations on Wall Street; they’ve looted the US Treasury; they’ve played all the games that they were playing before, and we’re about to have to pay for it all over again. The financial institutions that were deemed “too big to fail” are now even bigger.
Financial institutions like Goldman Sachs don’t produce anything. They are speculators. They don’t manufacture or add anything to the value chain. All they do is gamble.
If we don’t break the back of corporations, we’re all finished. Corporations are rapidly trashing the ecosystem on which the human species depends for survival. This is literally a fight for life – it’s that grave, it’s that serious.
Those who are protesting the rise of the corporate state are in fact, on the political spectrum, the true conservatives because they’re calling for the restoration of the rule of law. The radicals have seized power and they have trashed all regulations and legal impediments to a corporate reconfiguration of American society into a form of neo-feudalism. And that’s what we’re really asking for: the restoration of the rule of law.