With the winter approaching, the momentum and the buzz about the occupy movement is dwindling and thus calls for an evaluation of it's goals tactics, and of course, success.
The Neoliberal policies that have captured most of the world today have created a crisis of the middle class. The dwindling middle class has created social instability and with the occupy movement, the people's resurgence against these systematic problems has come into the spotlight all over the world. If one expects to change things for the better, a re-formulation of tactics is needed to benefit from the heightened momentum of the occupy movement, and it needs to be done fast. The expectation of most liberals seems to be that this momentum will bring the democratic party to the power with a progressive political base, and that would lead to better reforms. I agree with that 'expectation' and think that will be a win for the occupy moment and the people in general.
However, is that the only thing to expect?
Given the reasons to the present global crises and the boom-bust cycles we have experienced in the past, we are compelled to seriously rethink the validity of the core arguments in our economic system. While race, as in the post below, is tightly dependent on the economic system, most other problems we face today in both economic and moral stand point, are even more intrinsically bound to the capitalist system. This global crises thus creates an avenue to discuss the validity of a capitalist system. As one of my physics friends claimed, "Capitalism is where the lowest potential for humanity is, given the human nature". To my non-sciency friends, this means that it is inevitable that we end up in a capitalist society. The reason implied here is the selfishness and drive to self preservation ultimately takes us to a capitalist society.
But is that true? are humans by their nature selfish? I think we can do better, and if we want to build a society that we can make people realize the value of humanity, we will be happier. Happier, not only as a society with less people dying of hunger, and less people having depression, but as individuals who see the happiness as less related to material wealth, but more related to one's inner self.
I think we need to dream about such a world. Our demands on banking regulations, limiting campaign financing, public education and/or universal healthcare, are just small steps in that sense. And if we have a greater dream, then we can formulate the steps to get there better, and more effectively. One of the most important facets most people tend to overlook in OWS is the aspect of community building. Most people see putting up a tent and staying in a urban part as a worthless act. However, one reason behind camping, music, discussions and all the 'weirdness' in OWS is that it is an avenue to get together as a community.
Importance of the occupy movement lies here, it is not just a grass roots movement to protest the current system and change certain aspects of it. It is a movement that calls us to first realize who we are and how capable humans are, before thinking how better a world we can build. That is the goal I expect from OWS, and ourselves.
Can't finish without this..