Tag: income inequality
OWS has punched through the wall of special interests surrounding the mainstream media and brought that realization to the forefront of our politics, but the question for me is, What's next? Just talking about the corruption of our political system and the fallacy of "free" markets that serve only the greedy and the rich doesn't bring change.
As Adam Markwood, a development finance consultant stated in the Roanoke Times, "Our broken system has become a wealth-ocracy...in which representation is based on how much money one can throw at a political campaign. Politicians and, therefore, legislation can be bought. Legislation is a product for sale to the highest bidder, and the rich have been buying it like pigs at the trough at the expense of everyone else, the 99 percent."
I do fear that the powerful message that OWS has injected into the national political debate may get muddled and lost as OWS attempts to attract as broad a coalition of supporters as possible, thus finding itself being defined by a sprinkling of anarchists, Marxists, and anti-Semites whose presence could be used to discredit the vital message of the whole group.
Last month, I attended the first organizational meeting of Occupy Roanoke. Two things struck me almost immediately.